When I was a hardcore hockey player collector, I used to obsess over my completion percentages for all of my guys. I had one collection that was entirely complete, one that was complete pending the issue of the single card my player had each year, and a few that were always around the 90 % mark. All this ended up with me getting horribly frustrated with the whole endeavor and scrapping those PCs. I had a lot invested in them, but they weren’t any fun anymore so I packed it in. It wasn’t a split second decision or anything like that. I thought about it for a while, thought about what else I might want to collect (if I wanted to collect) and so on. Then I put my binders away for two weeks and waited….when I found I didn’t miss having new cards to add, that I didn’t miss cringing whenever a new product was released, and that I certainly didn’t miss picking up cards that I didn’t really like, I realized my decision was made. I shifted my focus to completing the autographs and game used jersey sets from In The Game’s horribly underrated (at least in my opinion) 2007-08 O Canada set. And I started looking at some baseball cards, and buying a few Hamilton singles.
Initially I went about my Hamilton collection in the same way I went about my hockey collections. Then, I had an epiphany – I was being an idiot. I was just going to make myself frustrated and miserable again. So, I kept my checklist (doubles annoy me, not so much when I trade for them, but very much so when I am buying), but I didn’t have any of my completion percentages tracked. I also wasn’t working off a ‘complete’ checklist anymore. When a product came out, or when I was looking back, if there were cards I didn’t want to chase (cough…printing plates….cough) I didn’t add them. It was so simple. Now, when I go through a period when I don’t pick up many Hamilton cards, I am probably falling behind, but I don’t really care. I pick up what I like, mark it off my revised checklist and go on my merry way.
Eventually, when I was pulling together my lists to post on JV’s marvelous idea for Have / Want, I realized my Beckett Collections were broke down into a list of the cards I have, and the cards I want (weird, eh?). And, there were little numbers at the end of the collections telling me how many cards were in each collection. So, being the geek that I am (the blog title does partially derive itself from quantum mechanics, let me remind you), I had to calculate a completion percentage. And, because I don’t really have anything else to write about, I decided to make a post about it. The magic number? 17.9 %. For those of you who are curious, that’s 168 Haves and 769 Wants. It might be off a little. Not being as obsessive as I once was, I don’t add products to the list the day of release anymore.