- Complete every Topps flagship set from 1970 forward. I recently completed my 1970 set and have want lists for 1971 and 1972 posted. Each year I complete the Series 1, Series 2 and Update sets and will do so again this year. Since 2006 I have collected most of the insert sets and have recently decided to start filling in some of the insert sets.
- Complete every Donruss set. This one is complete with the possible exception of 1999 Donruss. Donruss didn't put out a set in 1999 or 2000 and in 2001 inserted cards that may have been produced if they did put out sets. I have completed the 2000 set but am not even close to the 1999 set. With the re-release of Donruss in 2014 and 2015 it has given me new sets to add to my Donruss run.
- Complete every Fleer set. Fleer did some odd things like releasing a Fleer Tradition set without a base Fleer set a few years which made this a little challenging to pursue. For a few years I have just stopped this pursuit but I may need to start it up again. I am in need of 1997 & 2006 Fleer along with 1998-99, 2005 Fleer Tradition. If I recall a couple of these contain significant numbers of short prints so I am going to need to be patient to get good prices.
- Complete every Upper Deck set. I got really close to this years ago needing just a 1998 set to finish the run. The 1998 set presented a couple of challenges - 1) it is a fairly large set with 751 cards released over 3 series and 2) there are short prints, cards number 601-630 were short printed at 1/4 packs plus Mike Piazza has 2 #681 cards, one as a Met and one as a Marlin that were each printed at 50% of the print run. This set currently "books" at $200 as was at about $300 when I first started looking for it.
- Complete other sets as desired. This includes the Update and Traded sets from 1981-2002 (of which I have picked up some here and there) and Score (of which I have the 1st 3 and wouldn't mind completing the run if I can find a few more on the cheap).
Cards 1-8 History in the Making - these cards celebrate the first inter-league regular season games with the front showcasing a star from the game and the back showing the box score and a small summary of the game.
Cards 9-18 Ken Griffey Jr.'s Hot List - I am assuming these are guys that Upper Deck spokesman Ken Griffey Jr. selected as the Hot players (including himself) in the game.
Cards 19-135 Base - These cards are mostly grouped by teams in alphabetical order by city name with each team having 7-8 cards. This section contains the Angels through the Expos.
Cards 136-153 Define: the Game - these cards showcase a number of star players with a quote describing the way they play the game. The quote starts on the front of the card and ends on the back. There are photos on both sides and the back contains some statistical comparisons to support the quote.
Cards 154-243 Base - this section finished off the rest of the teams containing the Expos through the Blue Jays.
Cards 244-252 Checklists - Upper Deck pairs their checklist cards with players that have had highlights throughout the season. The front has a nice big picture of the player with a circle sharing his name and the date of the highlight. The back describes the accomplishment, has another photo and lists the cards in the set.
Cards 253-288 Star Rookies - this subset bridges Series 1 (1-270) and Series 2 (271-540) with the same card design in both series. The front photo has a little shine to it. The back has a sizable write up on the player and a small portrait photo.
Cards 289-360 Base - the Series 2 base follow the same format with teams being arranged by alphabetical team order Angels - Tigers. I also noticed the introduction of some awards designations like the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.
Cards 361-369 History in the Making - more cards celebrating the first inter-league games. The design is the same as Series 1.
Cards 370-414 Base - more base cards featuring the Tigers - Twins.
Cards 415-432 Postseason Headliners - there are cards here for the deciding game of each of the 1st round match ups then cards for each game in the LCSs and World Series. The front has a photo of a star player and the back has a short game summary and the box score.
Cards 532-540 Checklists - Series 2 is finished off with Checklists of the same design as Series 1.
Cards 541-600 Star Rookies - Series 3 starts off with a 60 card run of the Star Rookies in the same design as the prior 2 series. There are some good names in the group but the best true rookies are of Magglio Ordonez and Gabe Kapler.
Cards 601-630 Eminent - these are the cards that were short printed 1 in every 4 packs. These are really nice looking cards with black borders and featuring the star players in the game and the subject and rarity help drive up the cost/value of the set.
There you have it, a tour through the 1998 Upper Deck set. I have to say it is one of my favorite Upper Deck sets of all time. It feels great to have the complete run of Upper Deck cards, I miss having them producing baseball sets. They raised the bar in 1989 and kept raising it throughout the 22 years the put out baseball sets.