Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 My Collecting Review

Let's see how I did with the "goals". Because I'm not into that goal setting/resolution kind of guy, I kept the hope to list short ( I always do), and extremely attainable. Why put additional pressure on myself to do things that even without writing/stating I hope to do year end year out. With nearly 15K in Braves cards alone released this year, I even relieved myself of trying to get every single card which would be impossible anyways. Nowadays, as long as I get the base cards, which is also never going to happen 100% (with the super high end stuff) I am content on the Braves front.

Let's look back at those goals.

#1) I wanted to make progress on my PC's. No not getting more, but sorting and listing the 50K I was behind in. Not progress to finish but put a dent in.

How'd I do? I not only finished those 50K, but went through 2 more rounds (finished last week) with other PC cards I bought this year. This is fantastic, as we head into 2020 (looking forward not in hindsight), I only have about a thousand cards sitting in the check/sort box of PC's. (they're also already sorted alphabetically which is step 1 of my process).


#2) Add to the T206 collection. No limit or quantity specified. I did.
Here are my 2019 additions again for your review.

I knocked these out early in the year earning a high grade for myself right off the bat.

No idea why I grouped these together.

Final grade A+

#3) I wanted to put a dent in the Braves variations out there and to add some vintage Braves.

I did that too! A+

#4) Try and complete the Topps All Star Rookie Trophy cup cards. I knew this one would be tough considering the Bench and Rose were on the list.

How'd I do? The list of needs are down to two! But, not Bench and Rose. I need the 61' Jim Gentile and the 63' Boog Powell. I had plenty of opportunities to pick those two up, but I am a stickler for not paying full price. I know for a fact that I used to see the Boog for $5.00 at shows, and since I didn't do hardly any shows especially the last half of the year they are still on the needs list. Gentile can had online for 20-30.00, but I know I can find a copy at a show for around $10.00. So I can wait.

A. Knocking off the two biggies and the rest of the list still gets the A grade.

#5) Finish of some of the sets that I was near completing, and get some of those pesky Diamond Kings I need. I did both. Still need a ton DK's, but I finished a lot of sets this year. A lot. I'll have another post in the near future on that.......maybe.

I also decided to layoff of "current year" blasters, and although I didn't go 100% here I am pleased with my performance. I took those funds that I would have spent ripping wax, and ripped older wax and made a lot more ComC and Ebay purchases. Money better spent.  Overall, I turned a stressful 2018 into an enjoyable 2019. And that was truly my ONLY goal.

Here's to a 2020 that should be much the same.


  1. "Content on the team front"

    Yup, me, too. What I get is good with me. All those extra inserts, parallels, SPs, online cards, etc., I'm not going to worry about.

  2. You sorted and listed 50k cards? Insanely awesome! Everything else is extra credit in my book.

    1. I didn't have to list many/most of them. As per usual when checking my excel sheets for each player, I had many of them already. So, I only had to list the new to me cards. The dupes were either put into my regular trade boxes, or into the "special" trade boxes for the "better" cards/players.