My Collection Progression for 2019
In an effort to minimize distractions I am posting here publicly my collecting goals for the 2019 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. My goal is to continue progressing in these five areas of my collection. I consider this an absolute must in an effort to progress so here we go in descending order:
5) 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 15 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.
There has been very little progress here. As of the date of this post, there are 127 items required for this registry. I am 7.09% complete and rank 77th out of 102 collectors.
4) 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game – Baseball – Autographs
At the turn of the century when the concept of on-card autographs 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 heavyweight.
This one went 100% neglected. For a couple of reasons, first I was working with an eBayer in early March to purchase a lot of these that he had available but we couldn’t come to terms. Then I sent him an email with my final offer and he never responded. After that it seems like I lost some steam for this one. Also, I was distracted by one of those little squirrels again and diverted my attention to Topps Living Set – just the HOFer’s of course.
As of the date of this post I still only have 19 of the 93 cards needed for this set.
3) PSA Set Registry: Michael Jordan Basic Set
Living in the Chicagoland Region and being a card collector/dealer 20-30 years ago I 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 seen nothing like it, then or now. For more on Michael’s dominance and his rookie cards check out my post here 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 downshifted and decided to start with the Michael Jordan Basic Set; the number of required items is 72, much more manageable. I had to remind myself that card collecting is a marathon, not a 100-yard dash.
My biggest challenge has been finding cards already graded. There seemingly becoming harder to find, especially the newer cards, when he was with the Wizards. For these, I’ve been purchasing them through COMC in raw condition. I’ll typically purchase three of any one particular card. Once I get them, they are carefully reviewed then submitted to PSA for grading, only then can I include them into the PSA Set Registry.
As of the date of this post, I am 37.50% complete and rank 20th out of 52 collectors.
2) 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 oftentimes 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.
I had to tread lightly here because collecting this type of caliber player will cost a fortune. The Roberto Clemente Master Set in PSA’s website has 238 required items that 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.
At the start of the 2018 year, I was at 0.00% complete and ranked 0 out of 170 collectors. I was able to find a collector through Facebook and I picked up some really nice cards at a really great price. It was one of those rare deals to be at the right place at the right time. I struck a deal for these within 45 minutes of them being posted. Other collectors were hot on my trails hoping the deal would fall through. Lucky to land these. I was also able to get a couple that I had in my collection crossed over from BVG to PSA.
As of the date of this post, I am 30.00% complete and rank 135 out of 193 collectors.
1) PSA Set Registry: (Baseball) Hall of Fame Players – Post War Rookies
Rookie cards of Baseball Hall of Famers still remain my primary focus. I’m content with the progress I’ve made with this registry in 2018 but I’m really going to double down my efforts this year. As of the date of this post, there are 99 required items that make up this registry. I am 35.35% complete and rank 200th out of 425 collectors.
2019 will be the second year I take this approach. 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.
So here’s to 2019! Happy New Year!
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