My favorite player of all time is Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. I have amassed a collection of over 1200 different McCovey cards since I started collecting him in the late 1980s. I will show off one of my favorite cards every Monday. Stretch was one of the most feared hitters of all time and I am excited to show off my collection.
My latest McCovey pick up is one I honestly didn't think I would be able to add to my collection. Over the past 3-4 years my collecting approach has changed, especially with McCovey. As a supercollector, I went after every card of Willie's at almost any cost. At times I spent up to $60 or $80 for a low numbered card, and auto or a 1/1 in my quest to have every Stretch in my collection.
Then a few things happened, first the number of rare cards started to exponentially grow. Second, my collecting focus expanded to all Giants cards. Finally my wife did a little audit on how much I was spending on Paypal each month and I have purged it from my memory but I just remember it was shocking. We mutually agreed to put me on a budget and I now load my monthly amount into Paypal at the first of each month.
I have come to accept that cards serial numbered as low as /5 will probably not be part of my collection and I am just fine with that. With a house and 3 kids to pay for I am perfectly fine with that. With the month of May coming to an end and some money in my Paypal account I threw down a bid of $15.55 on this card: