Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Collecting Goals

This year has a lot of big questions marks for me as far as my time and ability to collect and blog.

As some may have noticed, my blog activity comes in waves, sometimes going a half a year without publishing a single post. My job requirements often take my focus completely away from the hobby and consume most of my life.  The most I can do during those periods is spend a few minutes each day reading fellow bloggers' posts - my way of staying "in touch" with everyone and the hobby.

Regardless of these limitations, I still believe it is important and fun to set collecting goals for myself. So for 2018, here are the things I would like to accomplish:

1) Complete the 2015 Topps Heritage set
     This was the first set I incidentally started building after really returning to the hobby in 2015. Interestingly enough, I wasn't initially attracted to the Heritage brand. I think I just happened to check out a card shop around the time the set was released, so the shop had it on full display. I pulled purple refractors in each of the first few packs I opened and was so thrilled I went back for more, not realizing at the time what purple refractor "hot boxes" were. I had accumulated enough that I kept the idea of collecting the set in the back of my mind. With time, I began to appreciate the quality card stock and simple design to want to continue purchasing the product and eventually made the conscious decision to set out and complete the set. So here I am in 2018 with only 49 cards to go.

    - Currently 92.3% complete (676 of 725)
    - Need 4 base
    - Need 45 Short Prints

2) Reach 90% completion of the 2017 Topps Heritage set and place in a binder
      Behind 2015 Heritage, this has been my second favorite set since 2010. Even though I'm farther along with 2016 and should probably focus my efforts on that set first, I have come to realize I'm not a huge fan of 2016 Heritage. There seems to be a condition issue with the edges, the design is kind of blah to me, and I don't like the facsimile signatures. So while I am still trying to complete 2016 Heritage, I am more eager to work on 2017. Plus, It'll take more effort to work on 2017 because Topps decided to short print 700 of the 725 cards in the set...not really, but you get the point.

    - Currently 73% complete (529 of 725)
    - Need 196 cards

3) Reach 500 unique Steve Finley cards
      At first, my goal was to add 500 Steve Finley cards to my PC in 2018, but after thinking about the total number of Finley cards out there, the parallels, the scarcity etc., I thought it more realistic for myself to reach 500 unique cards. Last year, I covered a ton of ground by collecting most of Finley's more common cards. This year, I'll be focusing more on seeking out the parallels.

    - 307 unique Steve Finley cards currently in my collection
    - Add a 1/1 to the PC
    - Complete a "rainbow" or parallel run
    - Add a 93 Finest refractor
    - Add a  PSA 10 rookie card

4) Reach 350 unique Paul Goldschmidt cards
      I really like Goldschmidt and wish I could be a Goldy super collector. But realistically between Topps and Panini, too many of his cards get pumped out throughout the year that I don't know where to even start. So I set the bar fairly low for this year's Goldschmidt PC, knowing I'll knock out a good chunk just from 2018 Heritage, Topps, and Topps Chrome.

    - 311 unique Paul Goldschmidt cards currently in my collection
    - Add a Topps Heritage autograph (2013, 2014, or 2017)
    - Add a Topps Dynasty card

5) Complete at least 10 of the insert sets I am working on
      I'm pretty confident I'll be able to complete most of the sets exclusively through trades on the Trading Card Database. Insert sets have become one of my favorite parts of the hobby. The designs are usually unique, the checklists almost always stellar and short, and the cards themselves are for the most part affordable and attainable with a little searching and digging.

6) Complete the 1997 EX-2000 base set
      I found a few cards from this set at a card show last year and thought they were some rare 90's insert they were so cool. After finding out they actually came from a 100 card set, I decided to collect all 100 of the beauts.

    - Currently 29% complete (29 of 100)

7) Hold at least one giveaway contest
      Last year's giveaway contest was a great success and really fun for me to put on. This year, I would like to do another contest that maybe involves a little more participation to make it more interesting for my readers.

8) Complete the Brandon Drury 2017 Topps Chrome rainbow project
       I don't know why Topps did this, but there were a ton of refractor parallels in 2017 Chrome. This is making my Drury rainbow project a little more intensive than I thought. I've got around 8 more parallels to complete the set and I'm pretty sure I can do it. It's just a matter of making it a priority.

9) Complete a minimum of 25 trades on the Trading Card Database
      I became really involved with trades on the TCDB late last year. I was able to acquire some pretty awesome cards I didn't think anyone would have, and I was also able to trade cards I didn't think anyone would want. I hope to continue this throughout the year.

10) Reorganize my card room/office
      This has been on my list since I moved into my new house in 2016. Right now, all of my cards are stored on shelves in a closet or on display on old teacup shelves I found at an estate sale. My goal is to refit my room to make it more functional in terms of sorting/displaying my cards without compromising its study/library functionality.

11) Add a card display case to the card room
       I've had my eye on some really nice looking wall-mounted graded card display cases on eBay. This is probably the best method for displaying my cards without taking up too much space. I find it hard sometimes to invest in things that enhance my card collection instead of the cards themselves.

12) Add three 8x10 autographed photos of players from the 2001 WS Champion team
       8x10 autographed photos are pretty affordable depending on the player. I've seen some great photos of players from the 2001 WS Champs on eBay that I've considered buying. While not actually baseball cards, I think it would be really fun to collect as many as I can and display them in my card room near the display case(s) I hope to get this year. It'll be a great way to enhance my collection.

13) Start building a vintage set
      I have very few vintage cards. I've seen a ton in 10 cent boxes at cards shows last year, and I think it would be really fun to slowly fill a binder. I don't know which set I want to build yet, but it'll definitely be a set that can be built for fairly cheap.

I think those are good goals to set. I'll most likely start other collecting projects and will probably have numerous impulse buys along the way that don't fit into these goals, but what can you do?

Thanks for reading!


  1. Great goals for 2018! I'm right there with you on #11. I know I should spend more money on displaying my collection, but then it takes away from buying cards. I need to see what other Finley cards I might be able to send your way. Goldschmidt too. Good luck!

  2. I like your goals! Best of luck and have fun.

    1. Thank you! I will surely have fun.

  3. Man, now thats a list...Good Luck!

    1. Haha thanks. I could’ve added a few more but I needed to publish my post before yearly goals were no longer relevant!

  4. Best of luck with your collecting goals. Glad to see another collector who appreciates that 1997 EX-2000 set.