Sunday, December 30, 2018

2019 Collecting Goals!

Happy New Year, everybody! With 2018 coming to a close, I though I'd set a few goals for myself for the coming year. This isn't really a new idea or anything, but I've never done it before, so let's get it rockin'...

1. Get Stinking Organized!

This seems to be an annual goal for myself, even if I don't declare it in writing. Check out the scene above... that's the look in our guest room right now. I'm in the process of following up on my BIG BREWERS SORT of 2018 by paging up Brewers organized by player. I'm still not sure if I'm just going to do them alphabetical from start to end or separate them era or what, but I gotta get this into some form of finality. I've been dinking around with this for far too long now. 

2. Do More Bloggin!
I severely fell off pace in blogging this year. And I do really miss it. I've been doing most of the action on twitter, and I really dig the crowd over there, but I also want to keep up with my blog folk. I'm getting a good start on this already, by deciding to post this list as a blog post than just a twitter thread. Woo-pee!

3. Reach the 500 Mark on my Ryan Braun Collection

With some orders that on their way to my house right now, I will enter early 2019 with about 370 different Ryan Brauns. He's the largest PC in my collection and this past Brewers season has really given me an appreciation for his place in Brewers history. I'm well aware that he cheated and then lied about it and he very may well be a total asshole IRL. But I've long ago gotten over all that. And every time he goes on the road and gets booed like hell and then burns the hometown club... it's very satisfying. So everyone who hates this SOB can just go ahead and send their Braunies my way. 

4. Build up my non-Brewers PCs

This a new project I started this year, focusing on a handful of guys I've always liked. I've also decided to become a Brien Taylor super-collector. The super-prospect to end all super-prospects has only about 100 different cards per the trading card database - an absurdly low number for a prominent player. I have 47 different so far, ranking me second on TCDB.

5. Brewers Dupes! They gotta go!

As a result of my BIG BREWERS SORT, I ended up with a BUNCH of Brewers dupes. And with all the traffic from my trades in the Team Collectors group, I am ending the year with about five thousand extra Brewers. See that monster box above? Yeah, that's just about all of them. I know there's someone out there - a few people probably - who can benefit from this bounty, and I sure could use the extra room. 

6. Reach the 10,000 mark in my Brewers Collection

I'm at about 8,700 different Brewers cards as the year closes out. 10K is an ambitious goal, but I think it's within reason, especially with all the new releases that will be out next year. Plus, I've still got a lot of Brewers police sets that I can add to the collection, which will add about 30 new cards at a time.

7. Become a Trading Card Database King

2018 Topps Now #412 Keon Broxton Front

I want to be the top collector in a TCDB category. Right now, I have 104 different Seattle Pilots cards, as I consider them to be part of the Brewers franchise and thus within my Brewers collection scope. That ranks me 5th overall among TCDB collectors, but just 15 cards from the #1 spot. It's a small number, but a challenging one. I'm second place among Keon Broxton collectors, about five cards off the lead. This will be a much easier gap to close, but it could turn into a horserace depending on how well represented Keon is in 2019 releases. And finally, I'm about 13 cards off the lead for Brien Taylor. That will also be a slog, as I am mostly into the minor league and oddball issues on my wantlist. 

So that's what I'm gunning for in 2019. How about you?



  1. I need to send you some Braun cards. Every time I see one in my collection I think "I gotta get rid of this thing."

    The Brien Taylor collection is too funny.

  2. ^^Ditto NO. I used to collect Braun but now I'm not much attached to anything of his that isn't a mini-collection hit -- I'll see if I can find anything you'd need.

    And now I need to check how many Pilots cards I have. I have a decent amount, but probably not 104!

  3. I definitely want to become more involved in TCDB as well.

  4. I'm not setting hobby related goals this year, but I did pretty well on my 2018 goals. Best of luck on yours. I especially like your goal of becoming a Taylor super collector. Lol. I've been trying to add his 1992 Topps Gold autograph to my collection for years.

  5. Sweet goals! What’s your TCDB name?

  6. I'd be interested in that Brewer box, possibly.