Making the best choice available at the time
A few weeks ago, I dusted off an old set I had put together in a Dansco about 15 years ago (Canada 10 cents). On the first page of the album, a few of the dates were in scruffier condition than their siblings. I took a spin through Ebay for those dates to see if I could get any upgrades for those coins for a reasonable price. I realized that I couldn't - and that the coins I had in those slots were better than the normal date/mm coin I ran across.
I also realized that when I put that set together, I made the best choice available at the time. I tried to be patient, but not so overly cautious that I'd never get the thing (mostly) completed. The past version of me made many of the same choices that the current version of me would have made if they were assembling the same set again today. I've liked to think I've grown as a collector in some ways, but I wasn't completely clueless back then either.
Anyone else ever have a similar feeling when pulling out an older collection that they've worked on?