Here we are half way through the first month of the year and I haven't set any collecting goals. Setting annual goals has been a standard practice for me since before I started this blog. I am a big list guy, they help me focus and get things done. I am guessing that this year's list of goals will be shorter than years past - for the last few months I have just been going after what makes me happy in the moment and that seems to be working.
1. Complete Giants base cards for 2016 & 2017 - In my 2016 year end recap I shared how poorly I did with the 2016 Giants base cards. I have hit up Sportlots to put a dent in it but still have some work to do. I want to stay better on top of 2017. My one caveat, I am not going to actively pursue some of the higher end base cards from sets like Immaculate or Flawless. For the sake of this goal, I want to get anything that isn't severely short printed or serial numbered under 100.
2. Complete my 1971 Topps set - At the time of this post, my want list contains 34 cards including Mays, Clemente and 20 high number short prints. This is a set that is within reach and I actually have 8 of the non-SPs in my COMC account ready to be delivered. With some focus this could be knocked out by mid year.
3. Complete my 1969 Topps set - I just posted about my start of this set quest and my want list stands at 41 cards. The biggest hurdles will be Mickey Mantle, Nolan Ryan, Willie Mays and the Reggie Jackson rookie. Crazy as it seems, I already have Willie and Reggie's cards in other parts of my collection (Giants collection and Reggie player collection respectively) so it will be the second time seeking out those 2.
4. Purge my collection of extra sets and unwanted base - I have put in a ton of time already this winter organizing my cards. I am close to posting what excess cards I have hoping some of you can use them. I have resigned myself to the fact that some will end up either at a Goodwill store or in the trash but I am hoping some of you out there can use some. I have also starting to put together Super Trader packages for all the team to move some extra cards as well.
At this point I think that will be it. I will still seek out other Giants cards and cards for my player collections. I haven't decided on what sets I will build (flagship for sure but I don't know what else) or how I will build them (buy boxes/packs or full sets on eBay). I have recently updated my Set Want List page with all the sets I have been thinking about building. I am sure all parts of my collection will get some work but my plan outside of the 4 goals above is to go with the flow. I hope it works out for me!