"I swear, if this stupid card even approaches the price of the original T-206 set up for auction I am quitting the hobby. "
Seeing that just 2 days later the card is over six figures, I honestly hope that this auction ends up being bogus as the seller made a HUGE mistake not setting it up fro pre-approve bidders only Because whether it was said in jest or fact, the above statement does make for interesting conjecture. While I might not go that far, I can certainly sympathize with the sentiment.
The question posed in the title is more rhetorical in nature and don't have to be mutually exclusive. Don't we all all flip cards on eFee (eBay), that we don't want to get cash for cards we do want? I imagine if you are a collector that hasn't purchased 2010 Bowman, trying to score a Strasburg or Harper simply to sell as quickly as possible, that you would be in the minority.
Many of us have dreamed about how to turn our beloved hobby into a means of providing a full time income and/or hitting that "money" pull. Truth be told, it is extremely, extremely difficult to accomplish either of these and despite the odds of pulling, a legitimate, 6-figure card, you can make the argument that it would be easier to accomplish that, then to make a living buying/selling sports cards.
Sometimes it seems we as collectors get caught up in the money side of things and lose sight of why we collect in the first place. I am as guilty as anyone. I see people being able to afford more product than myself, constantly buying and selling, scoring the occasional major sale, flipping prospects for good money and want a piece of the action for myself. In my case, the ongoing Vintage Consignment(s) are fun, but also a lot of work and sometimes after a long day of work, fixing dinner, playing with the kids, etc, I just want to veg on the couch and watch Pawn Stars rather than sort, scan, and list cards on eFee.
As with anything in life, balance is important and when it comes to a "hobby" as addictive as ours, it is extremely important. That's why I love the self-created graphic accompanying this post. If you are ultimately in it (The Hobby) for money, more often than not, you will end up very disappointed. Remember, have fun, find balance, collect what you like.