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December 31, 2014

Looking back on 2014 - so I missed a resolution or two

Another year of collecting is gone. My hobby and my regular life have merged. I collect baseball cards. I make baseball cards. I collect baseball cards I make.

Yet, I still want more. I want ALL the baseball cards.

One would think that seeing cards every day would perhaps desensitize me to the hobby, decrease my desire to collect. Oh no! Not even a little bit. I am still a collector and I want others get as excited as I do about cards.

Every year, I make some resolutions on what I plan to do with my collection. Some years are better than others when it comes to sticking to them.

Last year, I posted my three resolutions to (remember when I worked there?).

Binders of Jeter cards

Goal #1
Keep a running tally of my Jeter cards

I would give myself a half point on this one. I put most of them on a spreadsheet. I have counted 2,037 unique Derek Jeter cards in my collection. But this does not include a small box of cards I haven’t logged and any of my hits.

Goal #2
Buy a case of Supernatural cards when it releases

NAILED IT! I bought a case and posted one part of it so far on the blog. I will get to the autographs soon.

Goal #3
Find more stories about collectors

This was more of Beckett-based resolution. I left Beckett at June, so I had half a year to work with. I didn’t do as well as I hoped. I wanted to do this because one thing I love about this hobby is how there are so many people who come from different places, collect in different ways and still have fallen in love with these little pieces of cardboard. I still want to talk to all those people. That part hasn’t changed.

As far as 2014 goes, it was a milestone year for me personally. I got married. I started a new job. We resurrected A Cardboard Problem. Overall, pretty damn good.


  1. I like how 2014 turned out for you. :)

  2. Over 2000 unique cards of one person? I'm impressed! I'm far too scatterbrained for that. And far too OCD...I want them all, at least for my sports. I am all over the place with what I purchase, and I get most of my cards by either packs/boxes or mixed boxes that one of my favorite dealers I have no clue what I'm going to get 90% of the time. So even though I'm pushing 120,000 different cards, not a single person has even hit the 1000 mark on their own yet.

    1. Clutter drives me crazy. So I need to focus on one thing, and I love player collections. It works for me. But I know many others like who need to have all the cards. That's why collecting cards is great. There is no right way to do it.