Is it even possible for newer collectors to get all the items they want? - oakleyglider
I don't think it's even possible for veteran collectors to get everything they want! LOL. Newer collectors will have chances at getting the rare and good stuff as well, since items are always coming onto the market for one reason or another; they might just have to pay a lot more for it. But isn't that the way for all hobbies if you're not on the ground floor? One of my hobbies is comic books. I've been collecting them for at least 25 years and reading them for even longer. I have amassed a larger and more valuable collection than some collectors that have been at it for 40+ years because I'm willing to put more money into it. Conversely, I know of some collectors that have been in the hobby for just over 10 years and have created million dollar collections, exceeding mine by a large margin. Again, it's because they are wiling to spend more.
So your collection (vintage-wise, that is) may depend on what your budget is. Perhaps you won't get deals like $400 Medusa w/goggles like you could 8 years ago, but if you flash $2k around, chances are you'll have a Medusa set shortly afterwards. That said and while deals and steals are getting more scarce as I've said, they are still out there. Keeps your eyes open and you may get a crazy deal we'll all be jealous of.
Newer collectors can create great vintage collections, but it's all what you want to spend. That said, the disclaimer is: create a collection that you will enjoy and not what others will. Buy within your means and not go into debt. That's just my approach and advice; take it with a grain of salt.
Ultimately, there will always be new releases that will be collectible down the road. You may have missed some of the older items, but you can take advantage of the new ones now that you're here.
Enough of my tired, late night rumblings. Good luck and happy collecting.