A Project Update

April 19, 2010

I know it’s been a year since my last update.  It’s been a busy year and I’m just going to try and update as much as I can.  I have been picking up maybe a card or two a month in the past 8 or 9 months because I am trying to keep to a budget and I have been too busy at work to be trading actively.

I have made very little progress on my ongoing projects and have made some changes.  I still struggle with setting and sticking with collecting goals.  I hope that comparing what I wanted to collect a year ago to what I am currently collecting will help me set goals and figure out what I actually want to collect.  One thing that will help with my focus is the struggle of the Panthers.  I know changes are coming to the Panthers so I don’t want to pick up any Panthers cards for the next couple of months.  This should help me focus on the sets that I need to finish.  Let’s break it down by sport:

Hockey:

2005-06 Upper Deck Series 1: I still need the Sidney Crosby Young Gun to complete this set.  As I’ve said before, it will be a few years before I actually buy this card.  Crosby’s gold medal winning goal probably didn’t lower the price of the card.

2006-07 MVP: I only need a few base cards to finish this set as I finished the rookies portion of the set back in the fall.  I am going to try and trade for the remaining base cards or pick up the rest on Sportlots in the next couple of months.

2007-08 SP Authentic Future Watch Autographs: I have only picked up a couple of these since my last update.  I have 25 of the 60 autographs so far with the best ones being Jonas Hiller and Brandon Dubinsky.  I still have to pick up the high priced cards in this set like Toews and Kane and I’m probably going to pick up some of these at the big Toronto Card Show in a couple of weeks.

2008-09 OPC Retro Parallels: I bought a box of OPC last fall and have made a couple of trades so I now have around 90 cards of the 800 card set including the update set.  This will be a trade target starting next month once Tax Season is over.  The one problem I have with this set is that these cards have a book value of $2.50 per common.  There is no way that one common retro card is worth a hobby pack of OPC cards which retail for about $2-3 a pack.  This is just not realistic.  But it’s the way it goes and I will try to trade as best I can.

The hockey project I’m not pursuing is the 2007-08 Upper Deck card.  I am focusing on the SP Authentic set for 2007-08 instead.  I have been picking up Panthers cards here and there but will probably wait until later in the summer when I know who the Panthers have drafted and what trades they have made.

I have not picked a 2009-2010 set to collect yet.  I’m leaning towards SP Authentic but I need to research the sell sheets to see if I like the card design.

Baseball:

2007 Bowman Chrome and Chrome Prospects – I haven’t really made any progress on these sets.  I still think about getting a box and going from there but I will probably try to make trades to work on these sets.

2008 Topps Heritage – I still need around 75 Short Prints between the regular and the update set.  The search for and my hesitation to spend on short prints has made me decide that even though I love the Topps Heritage designs, I am not going to collect any other Heritage sets.  It’s too much to collect 75 short prints or more each year.  I might try to build Indians sets from each year.

2008 Topps Update & Highlights – I only have around 100 of the cards of the 330 card set.  I will probably try to trade for these set needs.

I still haven’t picked a 2009 or 2010 set to collect.  I think I will go with Bowman products.  The question is whether I will go after the autograph sets or not.  Right now I’m leaning towards no and just focus on collecting the sets and the Indians autos.  The project I have abandoned was the 2005 Trilogy Signatures set which had a great design but it is not easy to find these cards and it is a  bit too ambitious for my budget.

Basketball and Football:

I am still at a standstill with both of these sports.  I did buy a box of 2009 Bowman Draft football and completed the set.  I need to make some decisions on what I want to collect and what is realistic for me to collect.

Well that didn’t help me figure out what I wanted to collect at all.  I think what I end up getting at the Toronto show in a couple of weeks to find out.

Thanks for reading.

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