Back into the hobby for a few years now, I’ve set out to collect rookie cards of Hall of Famers. But you know what happens next don’t you? It happens to so many of us. Like that scene in the Disney movie “UP”. A pack of talking dogs are scheming a diabolical plan to catch a certain bird but no matter how determined they were when they sensed a squirrel in the vicinity they would immediately stop. They had some serious distractions going on. They were in mid sentence and SQUIRREL! they would lose focus.
As a collector I found that’s what was happening to me in 2017. I am strictly a HOF RC collector, at least that’s what I told myself, and then Aaron Judge has to go on a home run binge and… SQUIRREL! There I go picking up some Judge RC’s. I started a PSA Registry, and then another, and another totaling about seven different registries then three months later deleted three of them because it dawned on me I was distracted and going in too many directions.
So in an effort to minimize distractions I am posting here publicly, my collecting goals for the 2018 year. The purpose is to help me prioritize my collecting, does this mean that I will not relapse into another distracting episode? No. But it does mean that when I do find myself veering off to left field I can get back to dead center and this time sooner than later. I’ve narrowed it down to my top 5 choices, this was harder than I thought, but an absolute must in an effort to progress so here we go in descending order:
5) PSA Set Registry: Michael Jordan Basic Set
Living in the Chicagoland Region and being a card collector/dealer 20-30 years ago you know first hand the impact Michael Jordan had on the hobby. His heroics shouldered the NBA and the hobby of basketball card collecting to new heights. For a decade we watched every game, and at every Local Card Shop or Card Show there were swarms of collectors always looking to buy, sell or trade his cards. Jordan cards dominated the price guide pages, his retirements, returns and baseball ventures only seemed to reignite the fever of his collectibles. I’d never seen nothing like it, then or now. For more on Michael’s dominance and his rookie cards checkout my post Michael Jordan.
I reignited my Jordan collection in 2017. I wanted anything and everything Jordan but I quickly realized that the Michael Jordan Master Set in PSA’s website has over 4500 required items listed. So I down shifted and decided to start with the Michael Jordan Basic Set; the number of required items is 72, much more manageable especially to start. I had to remind myself that card collecting is a marathon not a 100 yard dash.
As of the date of this post I am 4.17% complete and rank 39th out of 42 collectors.
4) PSA Set Registry: Roberto Clemente Basic Set
The reasons I PC Roberto are: he hits close to home because my parents are from Puerto Rico as was Roberto. They had much admiration for Roberto and I remember often times having long discussions about him. I remember as a kid going to my cousin Eddie’s house and looking at, seems for hours, his 1972 & 1973 Topps Clemente cards. As a collector the nostalgia is too great to not collect this icon. His hobby status is up there with Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and or Hank Aaron. For more on Roberto and his rookie card check out my blog post here Roberto Clemente.
However, I had to tread lightly here because collecting this type caliber player will cost a fortune, no if’s and or buts about it. The Roberto Clemente Master Set in PSA’s website has 238 required items which would fall into the 10’s of thousands of dollars to put together. I have wisely opted to collect the Roberto Clemente Basic Set which entails 20 required items.
As of the date of this post I am 0.00% complete and rank 0 out of 170 collectors. Reason for this is the cards I do have of Roberto are raw or slabbed by Beckett Vintage Grading and I will have to get them crossed over to PSA before I can add them to my registry.
3) PSA Set Registry: Pro Football Hall of Fame Modern Rookie Players (1970-Present)
Next to baseball – football is my favorite sport. Growing up with the Monsters of the Midway and getting bit by the 1985 Super Bowl Champions bug at the impressionable age of 14 left its mark of influence on me and I’ve been an NFL fan ever since. I decided to start this set registry in 2017 but must admit it has not been a priority. It’s the one I’ve neglected most. However, with the multiple collections I’ve purchased the last couple of years I do have a good stack of cards that are waiting their turn for submission to PSA.
As of the date of this post there is 121 items required for this registry. I am 0.83% complete and rank 82nd out of 84 collectors.
2) 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game – Baseball – Autographs
At the turn of the century when the concept of on card autograph’s was fairly new, Fleer took the hobby by storm with this 93 card set. I remember specific card shows that were buzzing with collectors in search of these cards. To this day on card autos carry a lot of weight within the hobby, it’s a concept that is here to stay. And I thought to myself how cool would it be to have a complete set of this hobby heavy weight.
As of the date of this post I own 19 of the 93 cards needed for this set.
1) PSA Set Registry: (Baseball) Hall of Fame Players – Post War Rookies
Rookie cards of Baseball Hall of Famers has always been my primary focus. That is prior to that squirrel issue. I’m satisfied with the progress I’ve made with this registry in 2017 but I’m really going to double down my efforts this year. As of the date of this post there is 95 required items that make up this registry. I am 15.79% complete and rank 254th out of 352 collectors.
I’m excited because I’ve never taken this approach with my collecting. It’s always been whatever I felt like collecting at that moment and perhaps that caused impulsive purchases that did not fit into the overall scope of what I wanted my collection to look like. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with collecting whatever you want, the hobby gives us that flexibility but I’m at the point with my collecting that I want to focus my efforts and resources into a project. And this I believe will help me take the necessary steps to make that happen, and of course for my goals to happen I will have to use wisdom as I wrote in my post 5 Ways to be a Wise Collector.
Happy New Year! & Happy Collecting!
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