Just starting up, trying to understand things....
Hello everyone, my name is Dave and for some oddball reason I am still trying figure out, I recently became obsessed with collecting baseball cards. No rhyme, no reason, I just had a handful of old Post Cereal cards from 2002, still in their wrappers and thought they were perhaps 'gems' because of the Post logo being on them, and my collecting went on from there (I've found out those cards are barely worth the cardboard they are printed on. I have since removed them from the wrappers, and put them in a binder). However, I didn't start collecting anything recent; I started purchasing older stuff off Ebay, looking for the proverbial diamonds in the rough. There is a particular era I've learned about called "Tiffany", and I am trying to understand what that is all about, and what makes a Tiffany card, a Tiffany card; like, how do you identify a Tiffany card? I read an article on Beckett, but it only served to confuse me even more, because the article talked about some method called the "star method", and many of the cards I own have a little star in the copyright area, but they can't ALL be Tiffany.....right? I have a bunch of 1989 Topps Traded cards with two little stars in the lower left corner, and that is, according to the article I read, supposed to be indicative of a Tiffany card. So all that aside, I'd like some advice, and please no criticisms, well maybe some constructive criticisms. I've even started asking myself "what the hell are you doing? why are you getting involved in this? what is your motivation?". I feel so lost because I don't know a soul near me to talk to about this, and who would be willing to teach me some things. I almost feel like Marty McFly, when he is worried about what the record companies would say to him, like "get outta here kid, you got no future". I have no direction, and really no idea what I'm doing here, and I'm also worried about offending other collectors just because I don't know what I'm doing. At any rate, I've rambled on long enough, and this post has gone on for much longer than I thought it would. If anyone out there would be willing to help me, I'd greatly appreciate it; if not, I'd understand.
Thanks for reading this.