Klein’s Korner: Great down-time activity – I live in Texas. Usually those words are a source of pride and wonderful to say in the colder weather months. Having grown up in New Jersey where a winter coat was worn just about every day from the middle of November through the middle of March, let me say the average of one week or so to wear such garb in the DFW area is very appreciated.

As you might have heard, we had a pretty intense week in which travel became basically inoperable, power went out for many people and water pipes burst at so many homes. The good news is we were very lucky and only lost a total of eight hours of power and our pipes held up. My neighbor said he was shocked when he looked after this all cleared and nothing burst.

But, strangely enough there was a major benefit to staying inside for the whole week. In addition to listening to various podcasts and watching YouTube videos I decided it would be a good time to go through my back stock since it had been a year or so since I last did that.

Klein's Korner: Great down-time activityThe other advantage is one never knows what they are literally going to run into doing a project such as that. A couple of the highlights included first year Luis Robert cards and a couple of Serena Williams rookie cards. I pulled out enough cards for two rows of a shoebox to bring to the next show which says the process was very much worth the time. Not only were good cards pulled out but just getting an idea what is sitting in back stock is kind of cool.

I strongly recommend everyone go through their inventory at least once a year to do a couple of things:

  1. Remove from your stock any card you no longer want to own. Whether you make an EBay lot, donate to charity or send to a place such as COMC it’s a fun process to streamline your stock.
  2. See if there are any hidden treasures. Let’s just say I was shocked when I saw the price tag of those Williams rookie cards. And also that gives you a good idea of what you own in case someone else asks or someone gets into the Hall of Fame the next year or just explodes in popularity. Not every card is an immediate resale; some cards need to marinate before you put them out. Nothing wrong with some patience.

Richโ€™s vast experience and knowledge of the hobby has been well documented through the years. GTS is happy to feature his thoughts on collecting in Kleinโ€™s Korner. The opinions expressed are his and do not necessarily reflect those of GTS Distribution.
Klein’s Korner: Great down-time activity
Rich Klein

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