Thursday, January 24, 2013

Delivery Time! (Almost) Completing my First New Year's Resolution Already!

Right before the start of 2013, I posted my 2013 New Year Resolutions.  Like previous years (you can find 2012 and 2011 Resolutions by clicking the appropriate date), most of my goals had to do with my blog and/or my various collections.

My first goal for 2013 was the following (quoted verbatim from my previous post):
1.  Complete at least FIVE of the following sets:
Note:  The number(s) after the sets are the cards that I still need to acquire.
1985 Topps:  181
1988 Pacific Legends:  64, 111
1991 Score:  561, 812, 890
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game:  Cardinals Greats:  BG
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game:  Dodgers Greats:  PR, SS
2007 Topps Heritage:  New Age Performers:  8
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces:  99, 100, 105, 108, 115, 118
2008 Topps Heritage base:  464, 465, 480, 488, 495, 500
2008 Upper Deck Timeline:  I need 17 more cards
2008 Topps Stadium Club:  15, 78, 108b, 117b
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Inventions of the Future:  5
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Extinct Creatures:  1
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Creatures of Legend, Myth, & Terror:  5, 7, 14, 15
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter regular back minis:  I need 9 more cards
2012 Topps Archives base:  203
How does this tie in to one of my latest trades?  Well, Matt (from Cardanthema) helped me out big time.  In fact, he almost allowed me to finish the goal before the year was even a few weeks old!  In fact, Matt managed to complete FOUR of the sets on the list above for me in a single trade envelope!

Where to begin?!

I suppose we'll start with the oldest completed set, 1988 Pacific Legends.

My brother and I were given the full Legends set when we were kids.  Of course, as brothers often do, we decided to split the set up in half in order to be "fair."  I detailed how split the set up in a post back in 2011 when I decided to add the Pacific Legends set to my want list.  Since that time, the set remained on my list - only two cards away from completion for about two full years.  Now, however, I can finally close the door on 1988 Pacific Legends - Matt managed to send me both of the missing cards!

Ralph Terry (#64) and Reggie Jackson (#111)

I happen to love this set - I'm sure I'll feature it in my Complete Set Chronicles at some point in the semi-near future.

The process of completing the Pacific set may have taken quite some time - but the next set that Matt finished off for me was completed much, much quicker (especially when you take into account the sheer size of the set).  That's right, I'm talking about 1991 Score!

I needed a mere three cards - including the "famous/infamous" almost nude Rickey Henderson card...and now, thanks to Matt, I have the full set!

The third set that Matt helped finish off was actually an insert set from the 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game set.  I have the regular base set complete, but I've also been chasing all of the various insert sets (I chose two different insert sets to put in my 2013 Resolution list).  One of the chosen sets was the Cardinals Greats - and the final card that I needed from that set was this spectacular Bob Gibson card.

Finally, Matt found the last remaining card that I needed for the 2007 Topps Heritage New Age Performers set:  Roger Clemens.

You better believe that made me happy - the '07 Heritage set was one of the sets that I credit with "bringing me back" to the hobby, so to have the final insert complete and tucked away in my binder pages is a great, great feeling!

Thanks so much for the truly awesome trade Matt!  I can now update my first resolution as now only needing ONE of the following sets completed before December 31, 2013 in order to be able to say that Resolution was a success!
1.  Complete at least FIVE of the following sets:
Note:  The number(s) after the sets are the cards that I still need to acquire.
1985 Topps:  181
1988 Pacific Legends:  64, 111
1991 Score:  561, 812, 890
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game:  Cardinals Greats:  BG
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game:  Dodgers Greats:  PR, SS
2007 Topps Heritage:  New Age Performers:  8
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces:  99, 100, 105, 108, 115, 118
2008 Topps Heritage base:  464, 465, 480, 488, 495, 500
2008 Upper Deck Timeline:  I need 17 more cards
2008 Topps Stadium Club:  15, 78, 108b, 117b
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Inventions of the Future:  5
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Extinct Creatures:  1
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter:  Creatures of Legend, Myth, & Terror:  5, 7, 14, 15
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter regular back minis:  I need 9 more cards
2012 Topps Archives base:  203
I certainly like my chances!

As always, if anyone else would like to trade, check out my want list and make an offer!


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