I have a testimonial, a confession if you will. I need to bring to light an issue that affects hundreds of card collectors every year. It is my hope that by sharing my story, I can break the stigma and let my fellow collectors know that you are not alone. You no longer need to be embarrassed.
My name is Matt, and I suffer from PSC.
Premature Set Completion (PSC) is no laughing matter. That high you get knowing you've completed a set is replaced by despair and panic at the discovery of a missing card. It's the nightmare of seeing the finishing line, touching it, but unable to break through.
My story began last month. I had made a trade that crossed off the last cards I needed to complete the 1989 Fleer set. I was excited to put this one to bed, cross it off my So Close page, and move on to something new. As I was putting those last few cards away in their proper chronological order, I noticed a gap in the numerical sequence. Card #25, Bob Welch, was not there. Images of the card filled my head. I knew I had it! I checked to see if it was stuck to another card. I searched the entire set making sure it was not just misfiled. The card wasn't there. I searched the box containing my doubles - not there either. I checked my collection on the TCDB, looking at the history and trying to get an idea of where it might be based on when I added it. No luck. Where did it go? I remembered seeing it, and recently too! It just disappeared...
Fortunately my story had a happy ending. I found the card. It was exactly where it was supposed to be - in my Time Travel Trading box! It turns out I never really had a copy for my set, just the one that was traded to me as part of this side project. I guess when I entered it into the TCDB, I mistakenly put it in my main collection instead of the separate collection I keep for the project. Easy enough to fix, and now I can safely say after multiple verifications that this set is well and truly done!
There are many stories like mine. That missing card mocks you, laughs at you, dares you to remember where it went. Did you trade it? Did it fall behind a desk? Did you ever really possess it? Now it is the time my brothers and sisters to come out of the shadows, to own your truth. Share your PSC stories, and know I feel your pain. We will get through this together!