Who is Joe Collector?January 28, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Posted in Blogs | 10 Comments
In June 2008, Gellman from Sports Cards Uncensored wrote a very entertaining post in which he coined the term “Joe Collector”. The term immediately caught fire and soon it was being used in card blogs all over the internet. Gellman eventually had to retire it because it was frequently being misused to characterize certain types of collectors contrary to its original intentions. But even months later, I still see people refer to “Joe Collector” in blog posts almost daily, and it’s clear that the term’s original meaning has been completely forgotten. Most commonly, people are using the term to refer to high end collectors in general, which is really inaccurate. So I am writing today to remind everyone of the actual meaning of “Joe Collector”. Here it is, from the SCU glossary:
These guys are those certain collectors that post all their maildays on message boards, use “Mojo” in really annoying ways (see also Mojo), live for making a profit on cards, and have no problem fighting you tooth and nail on any sensible point about the hobby. They are generally so UNINFORMED that they fight to remain in their ignorance. They price all their cards using Beckett instead of current market value, and they thrive on the glory that they supposedly get for everything. They use an abundance of exclamation points in anything they post and they love to make sure people know that they have a very high opinion of themselves.
There you have it. To all of the card bloggers out there, please remember the actual definition of “Joe Collector” before using it in future blog posts. That will make my experience in reading your blog much, much happier. Thank you. I’ll step down from my soapbox now…