I imagine a lot of you will be posting this topic over the next few days so I am excited to read about how your collecting went. I tend to be pretty focused with my collecting and set realistic goals to accomplish so I have some satisfaction at the end of the year. This year was no different and I feel like I did pretty well. Thanks for stopping by and keeping me motivated to continue this blog!
Here are the 10 goals that I set out for myself at the beginning of the year:
1. Discover and Catalog at least 5 "new" vintage sumo sets (pre-1997) - Grade A+
- Just when I think that there are no new vintage sets to collect, something always pops up. I've discovered numerous fun sets this year including this tiny little 1940 pre-war beauty that I reported back on in November.
2. Add 2 more 1973 Calbee Sumo Cards to my collection - Grade A+
- This set is one that I am really going to have to get a going on with some gusto or I am going to "invest" upwards of $5000 on it before it is all said and done. Why singles cards go for an average of $100 is beyond me. I picked up 3 more this year, but I am still over 25 cards short of a complete set. Here is a summary I did of this set back in 2016.
3. Conduct some interviews of fellow collectors - A+
- I am glad I got this interview series off the ground with three interviews of Billy @ Cardboard History, Fuji @ The Chronicles of Fuji, and Tony from the Facebook Group "BBM Sumo Card Collectors." I haven't done one in a while since I frankly ran out of people to interview. Raz...you interested? Give me a holler if anyone is up for it!
4. Add at least 1 more Murai card to my collection - A+
- This set has proven to be hard as people warned me. I picked up only 4 more from this T483 Murai World's Smokers set earlier this year as posted here and am up to 9 total in this set. My goal is to complete this set in raw condition someday.
5. Continue to expand my German Card Collection - A+
- Living in Germany has been fun with respect to collecting German Cards. I've walked away from many flea markets with some good stuff including these 1933 Salem Gold Film Stars detailed here.
- I thought this one would be one of the easier ones from me to complete. I didn't pick up any physical books, but did get Engel's 2nd Vintage Edition of the Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide in electronic form.
- I've been whittling away at my two player collections all year long and Fuji has helped immensely along the way with this awesome Laird stash & sweet Tabuse haul.
8. Expand the B.League Basketball Sets - A+
- I love the BBM B.League Basketball Sets and will continue to collect them. I picked up both the 1st and 2nd Half boxes this year, although I don't officially have complete sets in singles form...yet.
9. Update the BB-Series of Sumo Menko and Bromides - B+
- One of my most ambitious goals this year was to "fix" and update the BB-series of sumo cards and bromides in my book. There were so many produced during the 1930s-1950s that is was daunting to just get to the spot where I am now....I reorganized all the sets and assigned catalogue numbers to them. Now all I need to do is get them in electronic form in my book. I see the goal line in sight, but unfortunately will not cross it this year, but the majority of the battle is over with.
10. Finish the 1974 Yamakatsu's Mini Card Bruce Lee Enter the Dragon (Series 1) Set and add to The Way of the Dragon (Series 2) and Green Hornet (Series 3) Sets - B-
- Gah, I'm still two short on the Series 1 set, about 10 short on the Series 2 set and about 35 short on Series 3. I did have a nice haul reported back in June. This set is getting harder as the years go by and maybe in 2019 I'll finally finish Series 1!
With no failing classes and some solid effort and help from friends, I am giving myself an:
2018 Overall Grade = A-
(for reference) 2017 Overall Grade = B
(for reference) 2017 Overall Grade = B
I'm looking forward to 2019 and I really appreciate all the support you have given this blog over the past year! Thanks for stopping by!