Today is question day:
Have you ever experienced a catastrophic event collecting-wise? Did you reconsider collecting?
I was quite lucky that the Goodwin fire, which is now 96% contained after burning 28,516 acres, never got close enough to cause an evacuation to my area but I did pull parts of my collection and had them ready to go if we were given the word.
I have only had one event that wavered my will to collect. In 1997 my marriage was not doing well (this was my first wife) and my wife decided she wanted to do the most damage possible. I call it "The Purge", while I was at work one day she took as much of my collection as she could and threw it away. In all it was about 75% of my collection (about 90% of my Griffey PC) that went in to the trash that day and I didn't stop collecting but I was definitely ready to give in and call it quits. I don't think I bought even a pack until 1999 and I really ignored my Griffey collection until January 2014 when I refocused on it.