On the cardboard side of things, it was a hit or miss kind of year. Looking back at my 2015 collecting goals, there's no doubt that my collecting and blogging was impacted by everything that happened in life. But how can it now?
1) Get more cards going out the door.
I cleared out a couple thousand cards that went to my team collector buddies at our Team Collector Convention this summer. But I came home with just as many, if not more, than I gave away. And when it comes to trades on the blogosphere, I've been invisible.
2) Finish my 1998 Donruss Signature Auto set
I added a handful of cards for my set, but still need a good mix of commons and the stars of the day.
3) 20% completion on either 2001 Donruss Star Line or 2000 Topps Chrome Refractor sets
4) 14,500 Pirate cards
As of this moment, I have 16,438 Pirate cards entered in Excel, with another small box that needs entered still. I'm honestly shocked with how high my total ended up. The down side? There are loooooots of cards that need put in binder pages now.
5) Finish transitioning my collection to binders
Um, see above. Let's push that back to a 2016 goal.
6)Build/finish three sets.
This one is on the back burner for now.
7) Fund a larger portion of my collecting through selling
I was keeping the balance about even through the first half of the year. My spending picked up and my selling went down in the second half once I landed my new job.
8) Spend less time looking for new cards and more time enjoying the ones I have
The number of cards I added this year spiked up, but the time I spent tracking them down decreased significantly. Less time on ebay, COMC, and at shows ultimately ended up being a good choice. I added some small collections that filled some less exciting holes in my collection. But spending the time flipping through my binders and appreciating the cards I already have was far more rewarding than the time and money that would have been spent chasing down new additions.
So there you have it. For the year, I'd give myself a B-. I accomplished my big goals of adding to my Pirates collection, while also cutting back my financial footprint and the amount of time invested in expanding my collection. Some of my secondary collections suffered, but that's alright.
Here's to 2016!