I am at a crossroads right now when it comes to collecting. See, I am a weird person that never really got out of the hobby. I stopped buying boxes and trying to assemble sets back in the early 90s. Instead I just would buy a Topps factory set each year and just say "forget it". That was primarilly due to budget constraints, etc. This presents a problem on my part because I don't know what to do anymore. I have been trained to think that any product above $X is to much and I will pass on it.
What has happened when I pass on buying only sets and not boxes to hand collate the set is that I can't tell you what any of the cards look like. The desings on the past 15 or so years all look the same and I can't distinguish them in my head. Now, I can tell the difference between a 90 and 91 Leaf, or a 89, 90, 91 Upper Deck because I saw a lot of them. If you put a 93, 94 and 95 Topps card in front of my I probalby could not pick out which card belongs to which year,
Why am I rambling: easy, it is the 2010 Topps set. I have seen the sell sheets and the images. I really like the way the cards look. But I don't know if I want to pay about $50 per box to buy 4 boxes and try and collect the set by hand. Going back and trying to complete 92 Ultra by hand is easy and justifiable at the prices i can find boxes for, but I don't know about Topps.
Decisions, decisions, decisions.