The whole premises for my "Screw Topps 100 Card Challenge" was for what I perceive to be the company giving it to the set collector. Super Short Prints, Short Prints, High Number Sets for $100, yada yada yada. Whatever your opinion may be, it's hard to argue the fact that it's becoming more and more difficult to complete a set-any set, and so I decided to forgo the Heritage High Numbers this year.
And while holding to my obstinate stance (I will not buy the set!), I saw this- and couldn't pass it up. It is, after all, the only card in the set that I really, truly give a crap about.
2012 Topps Heritage #H642 Andrelton Simmons ($4)
So now I'm left with fighting a sense of guilt over this purchase. Is it a false guilt, or am I guilty of going against my conscience? Having compromised once, will it make it easier to try to justify further purchases from any such product? I don't think so. My protest was against the company making it difficult for set collectors. I counted myself as one such. I've cut ties with building complete sets. I am, however, still a team set collector, as well as a collector of certain players. I think I can continue to collect with a clean conscience.
It's too bad that Simmons went down with an injury when he did, because he was playing well enough to make a strong run at the NL Rookie of the Year award. Rumors have been making their rounds about both Texas and Arizona being interested in acquiring Simmons. I hope Atlanta wouldn't even consider it at this point, as I truly believe Andrelton is going to be a Derek Jeter-type of star.
Running Total: 68 Cards/ $42.84