June 8, 2011

Becoming A Hipster Collector or How To Collect Ironically

Attempting to be a "hipster collector" can be a precarious task.  There are a lot of things to take into consideration. For those of you unfamiliar, the hipster collector shuns all mainstream baseball card collecting.  Searching all of your local Targets to see if 2011 Bowman has been put out to try to get a Bryce Harper card?  You're not a hipster collector.  Buying cards in the year they were produced?  You're not a hipster collector.  If it's popular and you want it, you're not a hipster collector.  Remember, each card purchase should be making a cultural statement.

You also can't put in too much effort to actually obtain a card.  Searching and finding a card on eBay and waiting until the last minute to scoop it up.  That's not how a hipster collector does it.  The hipster collector has to be randomly at a mall (shopping there ironically, of course) and stumble upon a card show.  They of course don't have want lists (that shows too much caring about cards) and they are certainly not going to pull up a chair and go through a box marked "10 Inserts For $1.00."

Instead, they take a look at a random bin of cards and pull out this gem:

2007 Upper Deck Series 1 #SS-YB Yuniesky Betancourt Autograph

This Yuniesky Betancourt autograph card is the perfect example of a card a hipster would like.  The ironic greatness of a poor to mediocre player we an autograph card as if the was one of the baseball's greats.  All that foil, that over sized photo.  It is exactly how an ironic card should be for a "common" player.
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