I wouldn't say I've been all the way down on baseball lately, but I have slowed down on picking up baseball cards and even a lot of the stuff I have picked up is cards that don't lend themselves to blog posts. I've got a lot of UFC stuff recently, but there's only so much of that I can post without burning out myself and my readers. My eBay Watch List is a pretty good indicator of what's been catching my interest lately, and it's probably 75% sketch cards and wrestling / UFC stuff, while baseball and NASCAR make up most of the rest. The problem with sketch cards is that they are not cheap, so they usually just cycle through my Watch List until someone buys them or the seller gets tired of listing them. But I keep adding to my list, because every so often I am able to pick one up and even if I can't it helps me keep track of artists whose work I want to add into my collection.
I'd been wanting some art by artist Elfie Lebouleux for a while, but it took time to find the right piece at the right price. I eventually was able to win this Power Girl PSC (Personal Sketch Card) from her personal eBay page. It's a nice sketch and makes for a welcome addition to my Power Girl sketch collection. In the past I have almost exclusively chased licensed sketch cards from the sets put out by various non-sports producers, but I think that kind of limits my access to perfectly good pieces of art. I still chase licensed cards when I can get them, but if the right sketch comes along on plain stock or the artist's personal sketch card stock I will chase it down. The only reason to exclusively licensed sketches is the perception that they are more valuable, but in all honesty my collection will never be worth more to someone else. I can't imagine a situation in which I would try to sell most of my sketches while I'm still alive, so why not chase art I like whether it's on official card stock or not? Anyway, that's my thought for the day.