Sunday, March 17, 2013
Stage 1 of My Set Building Process: Sampling
I'm arriving a little late on the scene with a Heritage post. Heritage hasn't traditionally been a set I'm all that into, but I think this year's set intrigues me. I "think" it intrigues me I say. Sometimes I know immediately if I like a set, and sometimes I need to go through a steps to know for sure, like this:
I suppose this isn't a Heritage post as much as it's a forum for me to articulate my set collecting process (see above). For a good review of 2013 Heritage, I direct anyone interested to these fantastic posts about the set from dayf.
Basically, when I set I'm maybe interested in comes out, I start like this:
Stage 1: Sampling
If I'm not certain I'm going to go all in and collect a set, I like to test the waters with a rack pack or a couple of wax packs. There's little money spent, I get enough cards to get a sense of the set, and I can count on at least pulling 1 or 2 cards that I'd want for my collection anyway.
The sampling phase is:
A first date over lunch
Renting a game at Red Box
The first sip of the first jack and coke
The free 30 second listen of a song on iTunes
My sampling of 2013 Heritage was:
I'm under the impression that there are mixed reviews on Heritage out there. I'm not completely sure I'm going to chase the set, but the criticism I don't understand is the complaint about the card stock. I'm with dayf on this one and like the card stock just fine. More than fine in fact.
So I got a couple of cards I like and I'm on board with the look and feel of the set. But I'm not all in yet. The next phase is gathering, which means I need to open a blaster (or two) and get more context on the set. I need to see if inserts take up a lot of space, and if so, do I like them? My instinct is that this is a set where I won't give a rip about building the insert sets, so I hope the blaster I get doesn't have a lot of them.
Once I have gathered some cards (more on that later this week when I have a blaster to open) I can decide if I'm collecting, the final phase of building a set, or if I'm in danger of simply accumulating these cards. I'll explain the difference between "collecting" and as I see it, it's ugly step sister "accumulating", later as well.