My 2013 Collecting Year In Review
At the end of every year, I like to go back to my ‘Collecting Goals’ post from January 1 and see how I did and if I was able to stay on track.
This year is no different, so I will post my original collecting goals for the 2013 collecting year and then provide updates in Red as to how I did with them.
Here we go:
1 – Andre Dawson player collection. My Dawson collection has shaped up very nicely. I added some bulk to my autograph and relic collections in 2012. I am hoping to bring more certified cards into my collection in 2013. My goal is reach 1,100 unique cards this year. I currently set with 1,056. If Dawson is in a handful of 2013 releases, I don’t think that this will be a problem to accomplish. In addition to cards, I am going to try working on a few new projects that will bolster both the size and quality of my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection. I promise that it will be FUN!!! I’m at 1,132 and a lot of that is thanks to Gypsy Queen, Panini Hometown Heroes, and the Topps/Cubs special edition set.
2 – Fergie Jenkins player collection. The size of my Fergie Jenkins collection increased nicely in 2012, but I did not meet my collecting goal of 284 cards. I am at 248, and will work to get to 300 by the end of the year. The problem lies with Fergie not being in too many base sets. He gets into a lot of autograph subsets, but not the main set, and that hurts the ease of nabbing new/affordable cards. I am going to have to go back to the 1970s and 1980s to hit my goal. Luckily, there are enough oddballs out there that I still need. My Jenkins collection is up to 290 unique cards – I tried for 300, but I have not had much luck nabbing Jenkins autos this year and they hurt my numbers a bit..
3 – Jim Palmer player collection. The first year of building my Jim Palmer set was awesome. I have 197 different Palmer cards in my collection at this time. I am going to shoot for 270 as my goal. Between keeping up with his 2013 releases and there being a ton of 2012 and 2011 cards that I need of him, I am hoping I can do this. In addition to that, there a lot of oddball cards of Palmer from the 1970s and 1980s that I want to scoop up too. Lastly, I really want to nab a few more auto and relic cards of Palmer as the year goes by. I am at 239 which is well below where I wanted to be; I really slacked off on this one – especially on the relic and auto front. I am going to have to change that. And more oddballs too!
4 – Player Collections. Overall, my current player collections are coming along nicely. I should complete my Alan Trammell, Dave Parker, Rollie Fingers, and Eric Davis collections in the coming months. I am still chipping away at some of the other PC’s I am working on too – Tony Perez, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Johnny Bench, and of course Billy Williams. If all goes well, I will add some new (old) cards of each of these guys to my collection in the coming year. And after I complete a few more PC’s, I have some great ideas for a few more to get started on. I did well completing several PC’s and starting a few new ones, including several modern players as well.
5 – Florida/Miami Marlins team sets. I am loving my album of team sets that pays homage to the history of the Florida/Miami Marlins. I currently have 46 completed team sets of ‘The Fish’ in my collection, and I look to build the count up to 80 in the coming year. I easily crushed my original goal of 80 team sets - I am at 114 Marlins team sets right now and this collection is cruising right along! I LOVE IT!!!
6 – Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set. I scooped a few cards from this set at a recent card show. I love the look of the card’s special logo, and I think that building the set would be a great challenge. The set is not large, and I am not certain as to how they were obtained back in 1999, but they seem to be on the rare side as I do not find them readily available. This will be a blast! Mission Completed.
7 – Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set. Like the Nolan Ryan set, this is another one that I cannot wait to go after. I have just one card from this set, but it was enough to get me interested in the whole thing. Like the Ryan card, this set that honors Hank Aaron has a superb Golden logo that really stands out as a great graphic feature of the card. I am ready to go after this one – Now! Mission Completed, Part 2.
8 – Signed Baseball Collection. My signed baseball collection is looking SWEET!! I am just under 100 signed balls as we start the 2013 collecting year. I will have no problem reaching the magical number of 100 this year, but my goal is about more than that. This year, I am seeking quality over quantity!! I already have two balls in the works that have that goal in mind. Now, it is time to stick with that goal and execute for the entire year. Today, I am at 109 signed baseballs with two more in the works. I shifted my focus to quality over quantity in 2013, and it paid off as my HOF collection is really starting to come together nicely.
And there you have it. It’s a lot, but it is a lot of fun too!
How did you do this year? Stay on track with your goals or did you fumble and get off-course? I’d love to hear how everyone else did in 2013!!!
Thanks for reading. And Happy New Year!!!