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theplasticman

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Nov 21, 2008
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Link to 2023 thread


My goals for 2024

1. Continue liquidating anything that's not part of my player collections
2. Add 2+ game-used items from any of my favorite players (Darin Erstad, Will Clark, Eddie Murray, Bucky Jacobsen, Aaron Kurcz, Stacey Augmon)
3. Send off a batch of cards to PSA for grading
4. Take better photos for sharing my collection on IG.
5. Add at least 1 Bucky Jacobsen card. I need 3 non-1/1 cards. Wanted: 2005 Topps Black /54.
6. Finish my 1998 Topps Tek base set for Darin Erstad. I am missing pattern 86. For my second set, I am missing a handful of patterns: 4, 12, 59, 64, 74, 86
7. Add at least 10 new Erstad cards. I need about 106 non-1/1 cards.

How 2023 went

1. Clear out all non-player collection cards and sell those to other player/team collectors :doh:
2. Have Aaron Kurcz sign the final 6 cards I need to complete my IP collection for his stuff :doh:
3. Submit 100+ cards to PSA :doh:
4. Continue selling off my Will Clark & Eddie Murray player collections :D
5. Sort and checklist my Stacey Augmon collection :D
6. Add at least 20 cards to my Darin Erstad collection. I only need about 125 non-1/1 cards. :D:D:D
7. Add at least 1 Bucky Jacobsen card. I need 3 non-1/1 cards. Want 2005 Topps Black /54. :D
8. Continue enjoying the hobby on my terms :)!

I added a game-used/signed Eddie Murray bat and a 1992 All-Star game-issued/signed bat by Will Clark.

I'll review my eBay account to see what key cards I added this year. It was a good year!

Added several 1998 Topps Tek Diffractors to my Darin Erstad collection. My progress is 20/90.

Added more 1999 Topps Tek Golds, including many doubles. I'm currently halfway done with the run at 30/60.

My son (9) has taken to cards this year. He's really into all basketball (especially Anthony Edwards) and Twins stuff in baseball. We attended his first trade night about a month ago. He loved it! It's been a lot of fun to share the collecting experience with him.
 
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gt2590

Super Moderator
Aug 17, 2008
38,744
3,362
Near Philly
1. Find one of the William Shatner/Patrick Stewart dual auto I passed on 5 years ago for less than $300. Was $250 now $2K+. Still ticked about that one…

2. Now that they’ve gotten pretty much caught up, FINALLY send in my huge COMC inventory pile. Logging it and pricing will probably take weeks.

3. Get a really nice Christian Pulisic early or auto card.

4. Rip a lot less wax. Pretty sure I’ve posted that for last 2-3 years…🤣

EDIT: Just checked my ‘23 post. Had 3 of these on that list too…
 
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dano7

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Aug 7, 2008
13,369
3,935
Roanoke, VA
1. Add 4 more Hassan T202 cards.....already have the first one picked out!!!!!!!!

2. Continue to look for a Frank Chance B-18 Blanket with yellow pennants - SP so will be tough

3. Continue to look for T209 Contentnea Roanoke players

4. Make it to 1400 different Yankee autographs

5. Add a card from 1924, preferably a Yankee!!!

6. Get more college players autographs at Viirginia Tech

7. Get more in person autographs at ballparks this year.
 
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theplasticman

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1. Find one of the William Shatner/Patrick Stewart dual auto I passed on 5 years ago for less than $300. Was $250 now $2K+. Still ticked about that one…

2. Now that they’ve gotten pretty much caught up, FINALLY send in my huge COMC inventory pile. Logging it and pricing will probably take weeks.

3. Get a really nice Christian Pulisic early or auto card.

4. Rip a lot less wax. Pretty sure I’ve posted that for last 2-3 years…🤣

EDIT: Just checked my ‘23 post. Had 3 of these on that list too…
Hopefully COMC runs another special. I did the 35 cent one recently and they took the full time to ingest everything. It was a few cards per day and then a giant block towards the end.
 

michaelstepper

Well-known member
Jan 15, 2010
8,213
528
southeast Alaska
Hmm.. *subject to change*

1) pick up 2 of the remaining Griffey refractor needs

2002 bowman gold refractor
2004 bowman xfractor
2004 bowman gold refractor
2007 topps red refractor
2010 topps gold refractor


2) swap out 5-10 of my 05 classic sweet spot classic signatures for the red/blue/40 versions
8 and counting

3) find that damn 2015 national treasure griffey game ball

4) Continue to sell everything not deep PC.

5) get supplies, consolidate and reorganize my entire collection

6) Continue my HOF patch PC

7) Find 2 of my Sweet Spot Immortal signatures needs (highly doubtful)
1

8) Find 2 of my 2005 Sweet Spot GU barrel/glove/ball needs (more doubtful)

9) Find 2 2007 Sweet Spot Classic 1/1 signatures

 
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CardBoredom

Member
Nov 21, 2021
32
49
Virginia
2024 Hobby Goals

  1. No eBay purchases for at least 6 months
  2. Pick up at least one of the two remaining cards for my '93 Finest set
  3. One big name card from either '49 Leaf or '52 Topps
  4. Add at least three "rare" Jose Canseco cards (print run less 10,000 or less)
  5. Allow research/writing to catch up with the current size of the collection (~90 items to be written up plus whatever is added in 2024)
  6. Finalize and begin sharing a database created from years of figuring out production figures.
  7. Finish giving away cards set aside as a thank you to some great hobby writers
  8. Take the kids to hunt their favorite Pokemon at a card show
 

nevermore

Well-known member
Aug 7, 2008
3,371
516
New York
Wants --
1. Paul O'Neill -- add 10 non-Tek needs, getting my non 1/1 need list down under 40. Down to tougher ones, most locked up in collections.
2. Vintage -- add 15 needs from '52-'69, getting needs list down to 20. Pick up 1970 Munson RC graded. Upgrading a few haves along the way.
3. High End -- add 4 cards, combination of 1/1s, rookies, patches and autographs. Targeting one per quarter between waiting for cards to show up and gathering the funds.

Sell/Trade ---
1. Thin the trade box, have purchases from 2 years ago waiting to be listed. Long over due.
2. Curate the collection -- move what was once PC stuff now collecting dust.
3. Trade semi-PC towards PC needs. Trading has been halted last few years. Larger trades are harder to complete.

Hobby --
1. Card Shows -- targeting six on the year. Weekdays evening shows have worked well for me after work. Don't get to make to to weekends.
2. PSA Submission -- Have a few high-end cards for preservation and autographs for authentication. Would be my first in over a decade.
3. Organize -- Have my office set up, next step for me. Figure out what to display and how to do so.
4. Expand my horizon -- delve into pre-war players and sets. More about reading, researching and learning than buying.
 

jmc855

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Jan 11, 2013
372
602
RI
2024 goals

1. Trade my Rocket doubles and eliminate them from inventory.
2. Get another 200 cards displayed. This will not be easy,its tight in here!
3. Acquire a Team Finest Gold refractor .
4. Nolan/Clemens dual autos on a unique card via Foundation/IP.
 

theplasticman

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Nov 21, 2008
4,131
243
Starting the year off with a bang!

6. Finish my 1998 Topps Tek base set for Darin Erstad. I am missing pattern 86. For my second set, I am missing a handful of patterns: 4, 12, 59, 64, 74, 86
Still no pattern 86 but I did score 4 patterns I am missing for set number 2.

7. Add at least 10 new Erstad cards. I need about 106 non-1/1 cards.
Knocked this one out of the park. I added a few dozen 98 Diffractors. Photos soon.
 

chippernate

Well-known member
2024 goals:
1) finish PSA graded Braves team sets for T206, ‘35 Diamond Stars, and ‘53 Topps
2) get at least 4 more game used jerseys for my PC
3) Matt Olson or Harris game used bat
4) continue to build my 2005 ToTT collection
5) pick up a 1914 cracker jack
6) pick up at least 6 more of each signed 2021 WS logo balls and 2018 signed pucks of the 2018 Capitals
7) continue to thin out non pc items and focus on solely Acuña
8) pick up a 1887 Allen and Ginter, more of a prayer here haha
 

theplasticman

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Nov 21, 2008
4,131
243
Starting the year off with a bang!

6. Finish my 1998 Topps Tek base set for Darin Erstad. I am missing pattern 86. For my second set, I am missing a handful of patterns: 4, 12, 59, 64, 74, 86
Still no pattern 86 but I did score 4 patterns I am missing for set number 2.

7. Add at least 10 new Erstad cards. I need about 106 non-1/1 cards.
Knocked this one out of the park. I added a few dozen 98 Diffractors. Photos soon.
erstad-98-diffractor-mail-day-011224.jpg
 

WizardofOz1982

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Sep 30, 2017
1,741
1,512
Oklahoma
2024 Goals - Some unchanged (I'm lookin at you Jeff Frye), some new

Jeff Frye - The needles in this haystack haven't changed unfortunately. They remained hidden another year making this list the same now for three years running.

  1. 1997 Red Sox Score Premier #10
  2. 1998 Stadium Club First Day Issue #281 SER# /200
  3. 1999 Fleer Tradition Starting 9 #404 SER# /9
  4. 1999 Boston Red Sox Team Issued Photocards #NNO
  5. 2000 Boston Red Sox Team Issued Photocards #NNO
  6. 2017 Texas Rangers Team Issued Alumni Alley #NNO
Ryan Hesley - Ryan was in multiple Topps products in 2023 which is great for me. I managed to add most everything this year other than 1/1s but I still need a few of the rarer issues.

Add five of these non 1/1 issues.
  1. 2017 Topps Heritage Minors 5×7 #18 SER# /49
  2. 2017 Topps Heritage Minors 5×7 Gold #18 SER# /10
  3. 2019 Bowman Prospects Red #BP121 SER# /5
  4. 2019 Topps Update 5×7 #US248 /49
  5. 2019 Topps Heritage Reverse Stock #717 Print Run of 5
  6. 2022 Topps 206 El Principe de Gales Back W3-91 /15
  7. 2022 Topps 206 Polar Bear Back W3-91 /3
  8. 2022 Topps Postseason PS-70 Purple /25
  9. 2023 Topps 1st Edition Light Blue Foil #229 SER#/5
  10. 2023 Topps Big League Baseball Black Foil #196 SER#/25
  11. 2023 Topps Chrome Sapphire Purple #229 SER# /10
  12. 2023 Topps Chrome Sapphire Red #229 SER# /5
Add 3 1/1s - I actually need 29 1/1s, after his appearance in several Topps sets in 2023, but these are the ones I want the most.
  1. 2015 Bowman Draft Metallic #189 SER# 1/1
  2. 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Superfractors #189 SER# 1/1
  3. 2018 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Black Mojo Refractors #CPARH SER# 1/1
  4. 2019 Topps Chrome Update Autograph Superfractors #CUARH SER# 1/1
  5. 2022 Topps 206 Ty Cobb 1/1
  6. 2022 Topps Update All Star Stitches Relic Gold ASSC-RH 1/1
  7. 2022 Topps Update All Star Stitches Jumbo Relic Gold ASJC-RH 1/1
  8. 2023 Topps Foilfractor #229 SER# 1/1
  9. 2023 Topps Pristine Superfractor #299 SER# 1/1
  10. 2023 Topps Pristine Black Pristine Refractors #299 SER# 1/1

Add 3 Printing Plates:
There are 31 plates I don't have but they aren't a big priority. I'm not a huge fan of plates so I only add them if I see them at a reasonable price.

Autograph Set Goals:

1998 Donruss Significant Signatures Master Set:
I've finished this set once, minus the two expired redemption cards, and sold it. I've rebuilt it again and would still love to have the redemptions so they stay on the list. I've actually built a third copy of this set in 2023 so I have two currently. I'd still love to add the unsigned redemption cards for Ozzie and Nolan though.
  1. Nolan Ryan Unsigned Redemption
  2. Ozzie Smith Unsigned Redemption
 

Dodgerfan74

Well-known member
Oct 6, 2008
637
421
It’s the end of 2023
Looking at what I have accomplished.

I organized my 1974 Topps(put in TCDB)-I still need 1974 Topps cards to complete the set.
-Still need to organize 1963 Topps & Fleer and put in TCDB.
-Put 2012 Heritage in TCDB-I still need to put in 2012 Heritage I obtained
-Obtain more 1988 & 2020 World Series cards
-Still working on this

Find Ron Cey and Bill Russell Rookie cards-two of the four Dodger players I grew up watching
-Accomplished this from Facebook groups purchase
-Still need Mike Schmidt/Ron Cey rc in low grade
Obtain 1981 Topps Traded Fernando Valenzuela rookie card
-Accomplished

Obtain 2008 Topps Update Clayton Kershaw rookie card
-Working on it

Obtain 1980 Topps Magic Johnson rookie card
-Accomplished -one of lesser card.

2024 Goals:
-Finish the 1974 Topps set-Still need some cards, but about 80-90% done
-Finish the 2012 Heritage set- I need Mike Trout card(Key card)-on verge of obtaining card by trade by person on Freedom Cardboard-Trade completed and goal reached
-Trade or Buy more 1963 Topps & Fleer
I have added to both.
-Obtain more Kobe & Magic cards-Working on it
-Obtain more Kershaw rookie card-Working on it-Need 2008 Topps Update
-Finish Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Dave Lopes, Bill Russell run-Their rookie cards to 1982. (Topps, Donruss, and Fleer)-Close to finishing. I need Russell 1972 Topps. I’m also trying to finish the run with OPC cards of the infield.
**Added 3/11/23 Obtain all of 1981 Topps All Star cards for project- I need to organize to see what cards I still need. I have 1980 All Star ballot unused. Game was at Dodger Stadium. I want to display cards with program, ticket, pins, and scorecard-I have been working on it.
 
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banjar

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Mar 22, 2015
2,549
899
Lafayette, Colorado
I really hope you can knock some of these off the list this year!

2024 Goals - Some unchanged (I'm lookin at you Jeff Frye), some new

Jeff Frye - The needles in this haystack haven't changed unfortunately. They remained hidden another year making this list the same now for three years running.

  1. 1997 Red Sox Score Premier #10
  2. 1998 Stadium Club First Day Issue #281 SER# /200
  3. 1999 Fleer Tradition Starting 9 #404 SER# /9
  4. 1999 Boston Red Sox Team Issued Photocards #NNO
  5. 2000 Boston Red Sox Team Issued Photocards #NNO
  6. 2017 Texas Rangers Team Issued Alumni Alley #NNO
 

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