For the last few years, I have avoided spending thousands of dollars on wax with the goal of creating the best possible collection of cards I actually want. Because I collect two of the most expensive players in both leagues, and because I dont collect non-autographed cards, one auto usually costs the price of a whole box. Therefore, I have to make sure that when I buy something, it needs to be what I call “display worthy.”
What this whole principle is focused on has to do with my avoidance of having a bunch of cards sit in a box somewhere that I never look at. These pieces are made to be enjoyed, and what purpose do they serve if they are just sitting in a box in the closet? I have always been a quality over quantity guy, and now that I have a son who is moving around and pulling himself up, I need to protect said quality from his tiny little drool covered hands.
Before, I had gone through extreme lengths shopping for a shelf that could display my wares in a limited space. Because my man cave has to wait until we buy a house later this year, I only have a tiny area to display everything. The problem was, at many of the furniture stores in California, the prices were outrageous. We eventually went to IKEA in burbank and bought the black shelf I had used for almost 3 years. Pretty good investment for 60 bucks.
Here is how it USED to look:
When we had Noah, we knew that eventually I would have to figure out a way to protect my stuff. He would start moving around eventually, and the shelf was low enough that he could reach anything on the bottom two levels. The search was on, hoping that we would get lucky again. Problem was, this time, there was no IKEA within an hour of where we live in San Antonio. We started looking on Cragslist and at stores around the area, both with very interesting results. The glass fronted curio cabinets that we needed to buy were upwards of 800 dollars at most of the places we went to.
Eventually we broke down and drove to IKEA, and lucky for us, they had some glass cabinets at a ridiculously low price of 6 bucks a piece. Even better, the two together were the same size and width as my previous shelf, so there was no adjusting of our setup that had to be done.
Here is how it looks NOW (Updated on Right):
Bottom line, I cant believe I didnt do this years ago. It looks so amazing, I cant even put it into words. I also have a little more room now to display stuff, hopefully my “display worthy” collection wont get much bigger any time soon.
So, how do you display your collection? I know there have to be some EPIC man-caves out there.