After the events of The Binge, I've definitely cooled off quite a bit on what I'm purchasing lately, and it's working like a charm. I'm currently watching exactly zero auctions. However, there are certain things that I'd like to work on that I'm not gonna run into many other places except for eBay, and I've come up with what I think is a fairly reasonable system for acquiring them (at least for now):
One playing era Brooklyn Dodgers card per month from eBay: this month's is a great 1954 Bowman card of Carl Erskine, which I used the eBay Bucks I'd accumulated from The Binge on, so it was $1.50 shipped! The deals won't all be this good, but it's a nice start.
One sub-$10 (for now, anyway) 1951 Topps Ringside card per month from eBay: it's got a smidge of paper loss under his left eye, it's not an amazing cut and it's been well-loved, but this 60 year old Jersey Joe Walcott card was $8.14 shipped and a nice second addition to my Ringside collection. Let's read a bit more about Jersey Joe...
Typhoid fever, an assumed name, an honor student in high school, the oldest heavyweight champ in history (at the time) and this was all a year and change before the part where Rocky Marciano took his title! Boxing's a fascinating sport! So many stories.
The other indulgence I've decided to allow myself, but haven't acted on yet, is: one Topps Seattle Pilots card per month from eBay. I only need 7, mostly high numbers, so if I stick to this and find the right deals, I should be able to knock these off quickly, then decide if I'll apply it to the oddball Pilots items (which I'm interested in, but which a collector is never really "finished" getting) or move on to something new (more likely).
I'm under no obligation to try for any of these goals in a given month, but I am going to try to stick to those limits. It'll take me forever to knock off the Bums and the Ringside set, but the third, somewhat fluid spot should enable me to focus my efforts nicely. Wish me luck!