Geez, it seemed like yesterday that I was just doing this, but here we go again. I really like to read fellow bloggers' year-end summaries and their New Year collecting goals. It helps me find inspiration in my own collecting and we definitely need that this year. I feel like I did fairly well this past year finally getting settled in a high-stress job and adjusting to life under a pandemic. Since I collect cards mostly from Japan, my collecting habits weren't impacted too much and other than slower shipping over to the U.S., my hobby weathered the storm rather uneventfully. Let's hope that 2021 brings a lot more health and prosperity to all of us and let's get 2020 behind us! Over the past three years, here is how I fared with my Annual Goals:
Darn, you would have thought I would have knock this out of the park to an "A+"...well beyond once a week, but the inefficiencies of working from home and the increased amount of time devoted to pandemic work really limited my blogging time until about November. Fortunately, these past few months allowed me to catch up. I am claiming victory here and thanks to all my loyal readers!
Goal #5: Add three more 1973 Calbee cards to my set - Grade "A+"
Boom, nailed this goal this year with some nice pick ups! I'm ready to get to the halfway point in set completion in 2021!
Goal #6: Keep rounding out my Japanese yukata fabric bolt & card collection - Grade "A+"
Another home-run goal! This is one of the quirks in my collection. In the 1960s and early 1970s, Japanese cloth makers would add photo cards to bolts of indigo yukata material to help entice the buyer into buying the material to take home to make their own yukata. Say what? Yeah, hard to explain, but here are a few pictures to help give you a visual. The problem with these is not so much the price, but they are heavy and expensive to import to the U.S. Not sure what I am going to do with them all, but I'll figure it out at some point. Weird, huh? I was able to pick up a ton of them this year....so many that I very rarely see any new ones pop up for auction anymore. Likely going to make this a different goal for next year and that is to get them catalogued on my blog.
This did no happen this year....booo. I had a little hobby/video area set up to do this and then the pandemic hit and hobby/office got rearranged to accommodate a home office which overtook my hobby area. So, alas, I did not get to this and not sure I will be able to until the pandemic is over. I could have made it work, but too many other things took over.
Goal #8: Add 20 more cards to my Non-Sport Collection - Grade "A+"
Wow, I was on a roll this year with my non-sports collections as a lot of the cards seemed to show up for auction. I attribute it to the pandemic and people were selling because 1) they needed the money, or 2) they were bored and digging out all their old cards. To recap, I am very particular with my non-sumo wrestling sets and only have a few sets that I am actively collecting: 1980s Japanese Myojo Noodle Cards, 2002-2005 Radio Shack Zip Zap Cards, 1980s Famikon (NES) Amada Cards, Airport Trading Cards, & 1970s Yamakatsu Bruce Lee Cards.