Before I start working non stop until Christmas (today is my only day off in a span of 17 days), and after sending out my last holiday packages (Matt, Julie, Brian and TJ, your names are called out), I figured it could be fun to show you all the part of my collection that's displayed. I don't have much room as I can only afford a small apartment, but since I live alone, at least I get to act like a teenager if I want to. Why else would I be back into the collecting world ?
So there you go, here's my little French nest.
You will notice that you will see more books than cards. Just the way things are at home...
On a top shelf, mainly booklets. A pain to store, but hella easy to display. Feel free to judge me on my dvds. And yes, Flintstones in French is Pierrafeux.
Oops, the flash went off right on Mr Ripken. Ah well. And yes, The Wire, in French, is Sur Ecoute.
I sell comic books for a living. This is one of my shelves. I don't have that many, actually (maybe 400), as I stopped buying some when I started working as a book seller. You can see my sole original A&G on the left.
The flash again did some damage, this time to Mr Starks. Too bad for him. That's the basketball portion of the display.
A couple of Griffeys, including my only GU. I got it when I started collecting again, and didn't really know what I was doing. I'd probably go for a different card today. The Beltre was sent to me by Matt. And on the left, there's a Frank Black autograph (leader of the Pixies).
I was able to buy this long box a few weeks ago. A European vendor carried some (well, they had one, actually), which means I could acquire one without paying $20 shipping. So yay. This is where I store all my GU and autos.
Let's head over to my bedroom. The Mattingly auto Matt sent me for my birthday, and the Indians autographs I got in person at the ballpark 22 years ago. And no, Albert Belle did not sign. Of course he didn't. The pile on the right is a bunch of old Becketts (and a Tuff Stuff).
Mr Brooks Robinson. And some books.
Various greats, and more books.
The Muppets stuffed animal, I got at a Mc Donald's in New York in 1988. I'm a hoarder. It proudly shows off my 1960 Mays though. I really need to get it un-slabbed. I also bought that cereal 1996 Topps box set at the time. I don't know why. I liked the concept, I guess. Because I hate factory sets, I don't see where's the fun in them. The Giants helmet is signed by Phil Simms. Can't say I'm a huge Simms fan, but I wanted a Giants mini-helmet, and having a signed one was almost the same price as unsigned.
No cards, but my collection of sports books. And a Bobby Bonilla Starting lineup. Don't ask...
Of course, I have a bunch of binders.
And my collection is mainly stored in boxes that I receive in trades or when I order online. Very convenient since, once again, I can't buy supplies here.
So there you go, now you know everything about my place ! It's really not impressive, but it's enough to make me happy. I guess that'll do for now...