Like many collectors, I have had occasion to reconsider how I collect in light of the run-up in prices that started with COVID and don't seem to have abated. As a set collector, it is hard to work around skyrocketing prices. You just have to suck it up and pay the man. But, my completist tendencies have a limit. As I've said previously, I will not be building any sets prior to 1955 because of the presence of multiple grossly expensive cards. I struggle with what to do about 1963 because of the high number Pete Rose rookie card.
But, I have now also decided to only collect sets that have a design that interests me. So, sets like 1957, 1962, and 1967 Topps baseball are unlikely to ever get built. Instead, I've decided to look at other sports sets that interest me. Thankfully, basketball, football, and hockey do not command the same premium prices that baseball does,
I have in the past picked up cheap cards from the 1960s and 1970s of football stars. So, when I was able to pick up a cheap lot of common cards from that era, I jumped at it. Thankfully, I liked all the designs.