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Collect Cards in different ways

Different ways to collect cards

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Whether driven by nostalgia, investment, or the thrill of the chase, collecting sports cards has become a growing hobby. And there are many different ways to collect cards!

Here are a few ideas if you’re looking for ways to change things up in how you might want to collect.


Pretty straight forward but set collecting involves obtaining every card in a specific set that is on the checklist. The Beckett website is pretty good with updating checklists for all the new sets coming out.

If you’re hardcore, you can go for graded cards with the premium set being every card in a PSA 10 slab.

Obviously, it’s a much bigger investment to do so but that’s why it’s for hardcore collectors.


Another cool collecting style is rainbow chasing. Modern sports cards frequently come with parallels, which are variations of a card that differ in color and rarity.

Completing the rainbow involves acquiring every parallel of a single card, which makes for a great (and colorful) social media post.


Prospecting is a method that appeals to collectors with a knack for speculation and a keen eye for talent. This card collecting approach involves predicting which young and relatively unknown players will become future stars.

In baseball, 1st Bowman cards of players are highly sought after. Successful prospecting can be highly rewarding, as the value of these cards can skyrocket if the player achieves significant success.


This one is also pretty self-explanatory. Do you have a favorite player? Then you can simply collect the card of that player.

To give a little more focus, perhaps collecting a certain parallel card of that player or just their autograph cards is more doable.

This method is highly customizable, allowing collectors to define their own goals and milestones.


If you’re a diehard fan of your hometown team, team collecting might be appealing to you.

You might want to focus on a specific year like when your favorite team won the World Series (ie. 1992 and 1993 Toronto Blue Jays.)

It can be super nostalgic and these sets can even be past down from generation to generation.


These are only a few ways to collect but there are certainly more. But a good general rule of collecting is to “collect what you love.”

It’s a common but true saying in the hobby we all love.

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