Even though I didn't start this blog until April, I did set some goals at the beginning of the year that pertained to my collection. I did a mid year report card that can be see here, lets see how I ended up the year.
1. Start a Blog - Short of my recent new baby induced lapse in posting, I think I have done a pretty good job of consistently posting. Would still like to comment more on others blogs. I even started up a weekly contest that is on hiatus but should return soon.
COMPLETED - GRADE A
Complete my Giants Want List and post it to the blog - This was done my mid year and I am pretty happy with the want list. Not only does it help for trades but I have been able to access it on my phone when I am digging through boxes at card shows. My current project with the want list is to compare my checklist with the team lists on TEAMSETS4U to see if I have any errors in my list. this will probably be a long process as I have only made it through about 5 years.
COMPLETED - GRADE A
Complete Giants Topps, Fleer, Donruss and Upper Deck team sets from
1981-2011 - At mid year here were my stats:
Topps - 73 cards
Fleer - 113 cards
Donruss - 5 cards
Upper Deck - 1 card
I ended up the year 1 card short - 2003 Fleer Tradition Update #391 Kevin Correia. I was able to locate this card on Beckett.com but shipping was around $3 or $4 dollars so I decided to wait and see if it shows up on another site or if I can bundle a bigger order together to bring down the shipping/card cost. I thought this would be a stretch and glad I got this close.
ALMOST COMPLETED - GRADE A-
Complete Giants Fleer team sets from 1960-1963 - At mid year I was done with the 1960 team set and was cards away from the 1961 set
and 2 away from the 1963 set. There is no set from 1962. I was able to knock off 1 card from each set so I still need 2 1961 cards (Joe McGinnity and Ross Youngs) and 1 1963 cards (Willie Mays)
MADE PROGRESS BUT NOT COMPLETE - GRADE B-
5. Complete Giants Topps team sets from 1963-1980. Here is the count by set:
1963 - 4 (down from 17 at MY)
1964 - 4 (same as MY)
1965 - 1 (down from 4 at MY)
1966 - 4 (down from 6 at MY)
1967 - 7 (down from 9 at MY)
1968 - 2 (down from 3 at MY)
1969 - 1 (down from 8 at MY)
1977 - Complete (down from 1 at MY)
I am very happy with the progress on these team sets, I wish I had captured where I started the year on each set. This was probably an overly ambitious goal anyway. This should most likely remain on the 2013 goal list but I do need the 1966 Gaylord Perry high number SP and cards featuring Willie Mays so it will still be a challenge.
MADE PROGRESS BUT NOT COMPLETE - GRADE C
Add 5 Hall of Famer Autos to my Collection - I added Tom
Seaver, Carlton Fisk, Joe Morgan, Hoyt Wilhelm, Reggie Jackson, Ryne
Sandberg, Willie Mays and Enos Slaughter to my collection. I also pulled autos of HOF broadcasters Dave Van Horne and Milo Hamilton. That is a total of 10 so I definitely exceeded this goal.
COMPLETED - Grade A+
Complete the 1975 Topps Set - Finished!
COMPLETED - GRADE A
Add 1 pre-1910 Giants card to my collection - I added a third 1933 Goudey to my collection but did not meet this goal.
NOT COMPLETED - GRADE F
more generous with trades and bloggers - I can't be the judge of this
one. I do hope my weekly contest showed a generous streak and I will start it up again in January. As a group I think we are a pretty generous group.
NOT FOR ME TO JUDGE
Read 10 Baseball Books - I slacked off during the second half of the year and only read 2 more. I did read 2 additional sports related book (Hate Mail from Cheerleaders by Rick Reilly and Dream Team by Jack McCallum) but in reality other books just jumped to the front of the line. Based on my diverse book interests, this was probably too aggressive of a goal.
1. Hammerin Hank, George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid
2. The First Fall Classic
3. Out of My League
4. The Quality of Courage
5. Calico Joe
6. Driving Mr. Yogi
7. Bill Veeck Baseballs Greatest Maverick
NOT COMPLETED - GRADE C
Overall I am pretty happy with my progress on my collecting goals. Didn't hit them all but did pretty well overall. Time to put pen to paper and finalize my 2013 goals.