I was obsessed with sports when I was a kid. It's not that I'm not obsessed now, but it was a whole different level back then. I could quote up to the day batting averages during the season. I put in 10 hour days playing some combination of baseball, basketball, football and other lesser sports. My uncles used to get a kick out of picking a random common out of my card collection and giving me the team name and players initials. I'd get them right every time.
Another thing I was obsessed with for a few years at least, was the cards themselves. I had no money for cards. I mean none! No allowance, no means for getting cash. Saving up for a single pack of 1986 Topps for weeks was not getting me the massive collection I craved. So I got creative. I'd give a neighborhood kid some 'crack'. Baseball card crack! Give the kid a few hundred cards, show them a Beckett to show them how valuable these things were(I feel kinda bad about that, not the 'crack' part, the Beckett part) and let them build up a collection with their allowance(lucky bastards!). After a while, the kid would lose interest and I would get all my cards back for free, along with whatever they had accumulated. And if they stuck with it, at least I had a new trading partner.
Aint I a jerk?
Well, I'm no longer a sports card drug dealer. Nowadays, I'm the loser that spends an hour at a dime box and comes away thinking he found cardboard gold. I can't help it, its in my roots as a collector. Find ways to get a lot for a little. I'm not saying I like common junk any more than the next guy, but I do still have one thing in common with that 11 year old manipulative kid. I love looking through cards as often as I can!
Did you have any ways to 'creatively collect'? Share em!