Being a huge Atlanta Braves fan, I ultimately wanted to get my hands on any card that featured a player in a Braves jersey. As a kid, whenever I ripped opened a pack and saw the Braves jersey on a card, I was stoked but nowadays, when I flip through my binders, I only get that feeling when I see certain cards while all the other cards leave me with a feeling of apathy.
Seeing a card of Kenny Lofton or Mike Hampton in my collection does not warm my heart like seeing a card of Chipper Jones or Tom Glavine.
Don't get me wrong, I truly root for every player while they play for the Braves, but there are certain players who were only part of the Braves for a blink of an eye,
or never made it to the big league club,
or didn't perform well as a Brave,
or they just didn't seem like a "true" Brave to me.
Having cards of those players just makes it seem like I am trying to hoard Braves cards just because of the logo on their hat instead of collecting them because I really enjoy it.
I guess what I am saying is that I am making the switch from being a "true" team collector to being player collector with a team bias. I'm still gonna collect Atlanta Braves cards, but I'm going to be a lot more picky of what players I will collect.
Here is a preliminary list of players that I will focus on collecting (pictured in their Braves jerseys of course):
The following players are on the bubble as to whether or not I will try to build extensive collections of their cards. Only time will tell.
On the bubble
I will be doing something similar with my Miami Dolphins and Hurricanes collection as well in the near future.
On a separate fickle collecting note, I am also scrapping the Community Choice Collection as the idea did not really seem to pan out as I would have liked but thanks to everyone who voted while it lasted.