I have often heard of other collectors remarking about how once they began selling they had a hard time stopping. And I can see exactly why. Personally I have become complacent with a lot of my items and don't really even notice them anymore. After selling everything so far I am in no way regretful about my decisions, in fact I feel unencumbered. Collecting does tend to weigh you down mentally, after all you have purchased a lot of physical material and you want to do your best to keep it in the best shape possible for the future. Especially in my case where all I have takes up an entire room; it is a lot to maintain.
So what does this mean then? Do I purchase all the other figures save the ones that I know are too fragile to handle? That certainly removes most future AFA purchases. Could I handle having all figures in a collection save one? This brings up another serendipitous step in the sequence; I happened upon this article not too long ago. Once sentence stood out to me:
A set of N-1 is as worthless as an empty set.Which essentially says if you don't have every single figure in a given set of figures then you have nothing. This has been my guiding tenant for a very long time. Ages ago it was "Collect Every Transformer, EVER." Today it is more refined, but it still requires me to finish off eras, lines, etc even if there are figures I don't really care for. It is all about having Every. Single. One. Amazingly this has begun to open my eyes somewhat. As the article says:
Is it worth collecting something if you don't have the complete set? And that, in turn, means finding other reasons why you might be collecting something beyond merely achieving some metaphysical sense of completion because you have all of the kinds.I have already completed one of my goals: a complete loose G1 American set, with all paperwork. So I know what it means to achieve one of these said goals. Even though there are figures in that set which I absolutely abhor (Action Masters) I purchased them all because that was part of the goal. It was about achieving an end result, regardless of the minutiae.
|Gotta snag 'em all.|
|Where the true value lies.|
So what is the lesson and where do I go from here? If I have redefined the rules of this hobby then that necessitates some changes. By no longer being a completionist it means I am done with vintage figures as I purchased all the ones I really wanted long ago (with one possible exception). But this is not giving up, it is letting go. And that is what I took away from selling so many things. I have realized there is a great deal that I don't want or need and so it is time to clean house, literally.
No longer will I be ruled by the next purchase; "just one more and I'm done". It is an illusion, I will never be done, and I have to make some changes to interrupt the cycle. I can finally take a look at what I have accumulated and trim it down to the essence of what I want. Does this mean I will be selling some American G1's? Very possibly. Japanese G1's? There's a good chance. Everything between that and Prime? Most definitely. But this new mindset will require some acclimation on my part, as I believe it is wise to think about such drastic changes thoroughly before making them. Because once they're gone, they're gone.
The Chance of a Lifetime