Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Collecting Goals!

Since I'm seeing these pop up all over the blogrolls, I kind of felt I wasn't playing nice but not letting you all into my house to tell you what my collecting goals for 2014 are.

First of all, let me begin by saying I generally don't have a list of goals/resolutions to begin the new year because quite frankly, when the year ends I realize I really didn't do much of them. For example I only had three personal goals for 2013. I completed one of them. And that one was fairly easy. So the two I didn't accomplish are holdovers for 2014. (I'm going to keep playing until I win.)

As far as collecting goals are concerned, since I buy a lot of repacks and boxes of commons, what I collect is really up to what is contained in them. So I could give you a list of what I would like to set for collecting goals, but do I really want that kind of pressure? Isn't card collecting supposed to be fun?

So instead my list of collecting goals will contain things I'm not going to do this year.

How's that for a positive outlook?

So I've come up with a list of things I am not going to do, and I will check them off when I don't do them.

1.) I will not buy 2014 Topps Heritage Update.

I'm starting off with a real easy one. I don't want to jump into the more difficult goals right away, do I?

1b.) However, I also will not refuse anybody who send me cards from it.

2.) I will not spend hours scouring eBay looking for the latest hot rookie jockstrap swatch.

....or any swatch for that matter. I can also count the actual amount of time I've spent on eBay (in minutes) on one hand.

3.) I will not complete 2014 Topps and 2014 Topps Update.

Since I started collecting in 1977, I have only finished one Topps Flagship set the year it was produced (1980). So going by the statistics, I'm expecting more unfinished sets come December 31st.

4.) I will not refer to the late 1990's releases as "the good 'ol days".

Self explanatory.

5.) I will not pull any memorabilia or auto cards numbered to 50 or less.

Another safe bet. I think any numbered autos I have are numbered to 7500. I don't think I have any numbered memorabilia cards.

I'm pretty confident I'll accomplish these collecting goals of mine. I'll probably add some more things I'm not going to do as the year progresses.

All joking aside, one of the things I do plan to do this year is comment more. I do try to read everyone's posts as much as possible, but most of the time I can't think of anything to say other than "Great pickup!" or " Nice haul!" or something like that, so I don't end up commenting.

But I get that a lot on my posts and I would rather see that than nothing at all. I assume everyone else feels the same way. So if you see that from me on one of your posts, rest assured I spent hours trying to come up with the perfect combination of words to express my enthusiasm.

Now that the holidays are over and I'm back to a more manageable work schedule, I should be able to spend more time blogging and catching up with y'all...and also sending out cards to those I owe them to.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy 2014...and that we all accomplish our collecting goals!


  1. I get what you're saying about commenting. Feel free to write "nice card" any time.

  2. Nice pick-ups. Oh wait nice um goals er UNgoals. I'm the same way with most of the flagship sets. I never seem to get them completed. For me its Ooh there is a 50 card lot of 1974 Topps gotta get it... Dang had 48 of them Ooh look it's 1980 Topps with some 1980 Fleer on top Cool...Hey a cool 1965 Oriole I don't have...and so on. I recently picked up some 1980 cards I thought I "needed" only to find I already had some of them, and some of them duplicated and triplicated UGH, Which is part of why I have very few full sets. At least from the standard way of completing them. I think I have more complete "Traded" and "Update" sets complete than the main flagship they go to. I have 1980-1991 Topps Traded/Update sets in their full boxes. Fleer 1989 flagship (and its update?), I have 1983 Donruss Complete set which I got in '84 or '85 for $20 about the same amount it's still worth. I must stop my babbling now.

  3. Feel free to post "nice haul" anytime on my blog. It's a good indicator that someone actually read to the end of the post and didn't fall asleep. I am not certain the odds, but I am pretty certain one cannot accidentally type "great pickup" with their forehead as they doze off.