I need to stop giving into my impulses.
See this card? This was the result of an impulse.
I’m not talking about your run of the mill purchase of a single card on ebay type impulse, mind you.
I’m talking about the impulse decision to add a seventh player to my list of collections. It’s a possibility I considered all of one day.
Starlin Castro has been called-up to the big binder leagues.
When I told Andy I was considering the decision, his initial reaction was “Holy Wallet!” A look at some recent autographed completed auctions would certainly verify that claim. So, why would I get myself into this mess? I’ll tell you my theory.
Castro is a big deal in Cubs land. In his first full season, he led the league in hits and was an All-Star. I get the impression that he’s going to continue this trend for several years. I don’t like to buy into prospects and young players until they’ve put in more time and proven themselves. Let’s just say that I’m buying in. I think that as long as he stays uninjured, he’ll rocket towards superstar status. If the Cubs turn things around in a couple years and start winning, it’s just going to make him a bigger name.
Right now, I think most non-Cub fans see him as a good, young second/third year player. By the time people realize his staying power in the league, his status will be secured in the hobby world and the autos that are commanding $150 today will be going for exponentially more. I’m getting in on the second floor and riding the elevator up.
This is about as close to prospecting as I get. It’s a gamble, but I’m okay with that. At least now I am.
Like I said, that card up there was an impulse. A test, if you will. I looked at some recent auctions for that card. I put in a lowball bid that had a chance of winning, but wasn’t exactly normal going rate. I told myself that if I won the auction, the collection would begin. If I lost, well, I probably have a good year before people start to look into Castro a bit more heavily, and I can reevaluate in the off-season.
Obviously I won. Yay?
If nothing else, it should make it easier to trade with me. I know that Ryan Dempster, Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood aren’t busting out of too many newer packs, but Castro sure is. He’s everywhere!
And now I need them all. Including the non-refractor and Gold Refractor versions of this first card.
What am I getting myself into?