Doon-bogg-le: [doon-bog-uhl, -baw-guhl] noun,verb
1. A serious misjudgement regarding the potential value of a sports card. Usually occurs as an over-reaction to a hot streak by a player, in which the collector freaks out and buys an expensive card of said player and soon realizes he/she made a big mistake.
2. The point after purchase or trade in which a collector asks: "Why do I have this card?"
1. The actual act of misjudging the potential value of a sports card. This can include overspending of money towards a card, or the act of submitting a worthless card for grading, among other actions. The failing end of the process of prospecting.
Perhaps there already is a term out in cardboard land for what I am getting at above. I like "doonboggle" myself, and hope it catches on like "bipping". What was my inspiration for this post? I was petting my cards this evening and came across this thing:
It's a graded card of Kris Benson. Keep in mind, it is not my motif to make fun of players, past or present, if I can help it. Benson was a darn good pitcher for a while, so I don't mean any disrespect towards him. And it's a sharp looking card, too. But.... what in the holy hell am I doing with a graded card of Kris Benson? I didn't send it in for grading, but obviously I bought this along the way somewhere in my collecting life. I don't remember when or why I bought this, and I really hope I only got it because it basically a gimmee on eBay or part of a lot or something. Whatever the back story, there it was, sitting with some other graded cards in one of my boxes. I needed a word to explain what I had here, and doonboggle seemed to fit.
I am comforted by the thought that I can't be the only person out there that has committed at least one doonboggle in my collecting life. So I invite you all to submit your doonboggle stories. I'm going to tie this into a blogger/reader profile series that will have a place on the sidebar of my blog. If you have a doonboggle you would like to share (it's cathartic, trust me) please shoot me a note.