Currently the only thing that has my head in the game right now is that I have a preorder with Ami Ami for XY9 and that I had the lovely chance to meet many of you during Worlds a while back and get some memorable cards.
Recently, however, I’ve had personal frustrations, which is also due to my lack of a presence here on the forums.
My first frustrations came at finding a New Year Present card, however, there are typewriter indentations from the receiver’s information being printed on the back of the card, and it’s indented the card so you can visibly see it when you shine the light on it. I hesitate GREATLY from purchasing the card because of this, as I consider it some extensive damage besides the card looking quite crisp.
The second was the heavy hitter, and has been aggravating me for weeks at a time. I had hooked up with Glenn to get the Japanese XY Promo for the new Gyarados card, back when it was starting to hit Y!J. I hit on one of the first listings, back when it was only 15,000~20,000 JPY, and made a purchase through Glenn.
But the card never came. Glenn got screwed out of his money and took the hit for me (I still owe him for that, and no, Glenn, you can’t change my mind on that). And so I’ve been checking Yahoo! Japan ever since. It used to be once a day, then a few times a week, then once a week, and now every few weeks.
The card started off at 20,000 JPY, and now bid wars are going as high as 50,000 JPY for the card, and I’m feeling constantly pressured to buy it at the high price.
And I don’t want to.
Part of it, I feel, is due to my stubbornness and feeling cheated that I’d likely have to pay 20,000~30,000 JPY MORE for a card I originally bought for about 20,000 JPY. Correction, GLENN bought for me. The other part, is that due to my feelings towards this particular situation, I’ve started to question the direction of my collecting. I’m not a major collector as many of you are. I don’t know the names to HALF of the sets, I feel. I collect Gyarados cards. That’s it. I have some expanded knowledge, but that’s primarily due to you guys. I’ve questioned a few times of just selling my collection and wiping my hands clean. I take things more personally when it affects other people besides myself.
I don’t like being screwed out of a deal when I was dutifully checking something and keeping a careful eye out for it and caught it.
I dislike it more so when the people I care about here who help me out, get screwed over, and that now this card just feels like a bad reminder and a continued frustration.
So yeah. I’m kind of in a negative space in terms of collecting. And this has been stewing for several weeks. I stopped looking for about 3 weeks since I last checked, and decided to check today. There is ONE listing, and bidding hasn’t ended on it, and it’s already past 40,000 JPY.
So yeah, kind of needed to vent. And don’t worry, even though I mentioned I’ve questioned quitting, I’m not going to. I’m stubborn, and I’m not going to let a really crappy experience deter me from quitting my collection.
Just feeling particularly crappy about this situation and really wanting to move past it.