Originally Posted by TomBradyBunch12
My question is why does anyone feed into this? I remember a few months back mwheeler was creating threads that were very similar to this defending Arod. They just happened to coincide with him getting a large shipment of high grade 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez rookie cards. Lets do the math here, mwheeler isn't going to back down or give up because he is INVESTED in these arguments. He probably has the single largest collection of SK in the world and wants to see the value increase because he was hoping to move this stuff at a profit. Same goes for the Arod cards.
I wasn't going to say anything because these threads are just mind numbing, but the only thing I can think of when I read this is the guys who used to hock sports cards on late night TV. They'd sit there and look into the camera holding an off center 93 Donruss Barry Bonds base card graded 10 by some company like USA or PGS and scream "GEM MINT 10, GEM MINT 10", like eventually doing so would convince people it was a great deal.
I'll let everyone else draw their own parallels, but to me, mwheeler is doing pretty much the same thing. He's heavily invested in something that he'll likely never see a return on, and in the meantime he's trying to convince himself, along with everyone else, that buying this stuff was a good idea.
While this makes sense for the two examples you have given, you failed to mention my undying defense of Brett Favre. Someone that I am not invested in what-so-ever. I have defended him and his comeback as often as someone posted that they don't like him.
I like Arod. I believe he'll be in the HOF one day. Me liking him is only related to me be invested in him because I like him. Sure, I'd like to make a profit on his cards one day. That's not even close to the case with SK.
I do not collect SK to profit from it. I collect it as something that may have never been done before. I wanted a challenge. It's a product that many people don't collect, yet it is of very high quality, and thus allows me to acquire a large number of cards that I couldn't acquire if Topps or upper deck made them. Can I put a collection together un-paralleled to any other? I don't know, but I'm trying. Who else has ever put a master set together of this size that's this complete that was made available to anyone that wanted to spend the money? I would think that there are some collections out there that would rival this one. I think that would be great. I enjoy what I'm trying to do as much as that Wassamatu, (spelling is probably wrong), guy probably enjoys what he's doing. Fault me for it if you want. It's okay.