Because that's the position I find myself in. Let me explain and expound. Have you ever collected a player, or a set, or anything, for a reason you come to find doesn't really remain any longer, yet you continue on for no apparent reason other than to have a sense of commitment and finish what you started?
The above Justin Smoak Manupatch/Auto fits that bill precisely. Smoak's not a Dodger, he's not one of my favorite non-Dodgers, he's not from my hometown, and I've never met him. And yet, I not only find myself putting together the manupatch/autos of his last name, but I stand at 60% of the way there after picking up the above K from eBay a while back.
I do like Smoak, and think he'll be a good player once his offensive game finds some measure of consistency. He hits for power and walks, two qualities that in combination generally draw me towards a player and lead me to root for that player to succeed. Also, Smoak's last name being as short as it is definitely played a factor in my decision to chase the nameplate. I picked up the above O and A in a trade with Dennis in November of last year, and I've kept an eye out ever since for the remaining three letters.
There have actually been quite a few popping up on eBay in recent weeks, and the K happened to remain within a reasonable price range. But again, I find myself wondering why I've continued this pursuit. Part of me wants to jump ship and sell what I have, while another part of me would love to line up all five autographed letters side-by-side and admire what dedication and some eBay know-how can yield.
As it stands, I think I'll go for the S and M to complete my first set of manupatches.
And then I'll probably sell 'em.
Spots remain in the draft!