My Player Collecting Guidelines

I am sitting around pretty bored and started to read back a bit on a few blogs and read their comments. One really jumped out at me, Mario from Wax Heaven, asked a simple question “So which era do you prefer and why?”Read here.

After reading the article and all the comments I started to think about my collecting guidelines/ goals. I am still shooting for 1,000 different Ripken cards by 12/31/2010. However, I think that Dave’s comment about how he goes about collecting Longoria cards was great.

So I decided to make my own guidelines for building my collection.

The 6 commandments for building my collecting:

  • Don’t try to buy every super short print (under 25 created).
  • Enjoy every card in the collection (No matter what the value is. Value is relative.)
  • Do not overspend trying to create the greatest Ripken collection of all time (Someone will always have a card you don’t have, so build a set you can be happy with)
  • Try to work out trades for a part of the collection (Trades are fun and you can end up with some awesome cards)
  • Help out as many fellow collectors in their collections as possible (Spread the joy of the hobby)
  • Make this something I can share with my family (Has anyone thought what would happen to their collection when they stop?)

Overall, as I am going over my commandments, the theme is just to have fun building my Ripken collection. Everyone collects in a different fashion and for a wide variety of reason. So if you can not have fun with it, why would you even bother collecting little pieces of cardboard?

Published in: on October 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm  Comments (1)  

Collecting Goals

I have been slowly adding new Ripken cards to my collection every week since I began this blog. However, with so many Cal Ripken cards out there, I am thinking about setting a pretty high goal for myself. With over 12,000 different cards, I figure about 9 to 10 thousand different cards would be a good collecting long term goal. My goal for the end of next year is a little high, but I feel it is achievable with some help. I would like to break the 1000 card mark in my Cal Ripken Jr. card collection!!

Right now I am in the 200’s with the collection, but with 14 months until the end of the year I feel this goal can be reached. So lets say that I need to get 750 different cards over the next 14 months. That would equal, roughly 1.7 cards per day for the next year and two months. ..

So in summary, I NEED HELP. After seeing I will need to average 2 cards per day, it will be a big struggle to meet the goal. I am really crossing my fingers on this one.

Every step of the way I will be posting all the great cards.

Even if you are unable to help me with trades or cards, please leave me a comment with motavation and encouragement as I trek towards my goals.

Published in: on October 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm  Comments (2)  


Hello everyone. This is M. Ryan from the blog Ryan’s Memorabilia. I have decided to create this blog so I can showcase all of my Cal Ripken Jr. cards.

I figure by making this a weekly post featuring a Ripken card, I will be able to keep up with the other blog and keep the two blogs seperate.

If you have Ripken cards sitting around that are no longer wanted/needed, please leave me a comment about setting up a trade.

Set up of new blog:

Weekly Cal Ripken Jr. Card

  • Card must be in my collection

Trade posts

  • I will show pictures of cards I receive through trade
  • At a later date, I will highlight the Cal Ripken Jr. cards in a weekly Ripken post

Anyway sit back and enjoy the cards.

Published in: on September 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm  Leave a Comment