Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 Collecting Goals

Time to share my 2014 Collecting and Blog goals.  I am a big goal guy, it helps me focus (I believe I have undiagnosed ADD and my collection could benefit from some focus) and gives me a sense of accomplishment when I can mark stuff off.

Collection Goals

1. Get my card room and collection organized.  Includes:
  • having everything unpacked and put away (may need to acquire shelving to make this happen.
  • having all cards not essential to my collection loaded into Sportlots to inventory and put up for sale (helps with trading as well, it is a free inventory program)
  • having an active trade list on the blog.  I envision this including sets where I have large lots of cards that I could make available for trade or purchase (cover my shipping fees and maybe make a couple bucks).
  • having all my want lists updated and have them include wants for all parts of my collection
2. Acquire Certified Autos of at least 4 of these HOFers:
  • Barry Larkin
  • Paul Molitor
  • Eddie Murray
  • Robin Yount
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Rod Carew
  • Red Schoendienst
  • Sandy Koufax
  • New HOFers (please writers vote some new players in!)
3. Tie up some loose ends
  • Finish my Giants base sets from 2011-2013
  • Finish up my Giants base sets from the Turkey Red, UD Retro, UD Vintage and Topps Heritage and Topps Gallery, Fleer Tradition products
4. Complete my final 3 1960s Topps Giants team sets and finish 1 Topps or Bowman set from the 1950s

5. Complete 2000 Topps Insert Sets - I have completed my version of a Master Topps set since 2005 and I want to start filling in the gaps at least back to 2000. I will start with the oldest set and move forward. If I get this done quick, I may be able to start on other sets in 2014.

6. Acquire all Ultra and Stadium Club Giants inserts

7. Make progress on 1970s Vintage sets:
  • Complete my 1973 Topps Set
  • Obtain at least 450 different 1972 cards (starting 2014 with 346)
  • Obtain at least 250 different 1971 cards (starting 2014 with 83)
  • Get 1970 Topps want list down to 50 or fewer cards
8. Make progress on my non Giants player collections:
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Vida Blue
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Dave Winfield
  • Dave Parker (Pirates only)
  • Ben Petrick
9. Obtain all 2014 Giants base cards from all releases

10. Create and share my strategy on football card collection to include:
  • Sets to chase
  • USC Football Collection focus
  • 49er Player Collection focus
11. Improve my trading by:
  • Tracking packages I receive
  • Creating a speadsheet with everyone I have traded with including their address and what they collect to make it easier on me
  • Send out more frequent PWEs just because
  • Trade more
 12. Be smarter about set collecting. I will definitely buy Jumbo Boxes of Topps Series 1, Series 2 and Update but I really need to consider outside of those sets if I should buy the set online or bust boxes to build.  I love opening packs but it gets so expensive.

Blog Goals

Here are a few things I would like to focus on for the blog itself:
  1. Read 6 Sports related books and post a brief review of each
  2. 250+ posts throughout the year - that is 5/week
  3. Run at least 5 contests
There you have it, I plan to share progress throughout the year and hope I can get some help from fellow bloggers and collectors through trades and group breaks.


  1. Great goals! I started collecting Ben Petrick last year after hearing his story. Good luck!

  2. Best of luck to you and your goals!

  3. Totally agree with goal 1. good luck!