I am probably best known throughout the blogging community as a Giants collector but before being a team collector and player collector, I started in this hobby as a set collector. The first set I completed was 1981 Topps and the earliest complete set I put together with cards I bought from packs during the year they were produced was 1979 Topps.
In 2012 I went set collecting crazy, it seemed like just about every set that came out I bought a box or two and worked to complete the set. Due to my move and my wife's new job staying home and taking care of the kids (therefore reducing our take home income) I decided I needed to cut back some in 2013. I always get a Jumbo box of Topps Series 1, 2 and Update and that probably won't change. I also bought a box of Opening Day (very cheap) and finished up that set and actually made a last minute call to collect the Heritage set (almost done with the SPs!). I am a huge fan of the Panini Cooperstown set and am a few SPs short of that set as well (I did cut down on the number of inserts sets I went after from 2012).
My cut back included not going after Gypsy Queen, Allen & Ginter, Topps Stickers and Topps Chrome. Chrome was by far the toughest as I have put the set together every year since 2010 and also in 2008. I love cracking boxes of Chrome and getting the parallels. I don't think I have ever gotten a decent autograph but it is still fun to crack. The down side is that I have usually had to buy 3 hobby boxes and some retail packs to even get within striking distance of buying singles or trading for the final cards to finish my set.
Well the reference in the title to feeling dirty is due to this:
So, fellow set collectors, will you forgive me?