Saturday, April 11, 2015

I'm okay with batting .500

You won't hear (read?) a lot from me about New Year's Resolutions. I don't make them. Many years ago, when I thought I was clever, I made the resolution never to make anymore resolutions. I no longer consider that resolution as clever as I once did, but that hasn't stopped me from continuing to honour it.

Of course, I still set goals. And sometimes they even correspond to the start of the calendar year. But sometimes they just start when I'm ready. Case in point, my collection. Last summer some time I started to think about re-focusing my collection. I still haven't fully figured out how this new focus looks, but I digress. One thing I did decide was to start a Joe Carter player collection. I mulled this over for a while, and eventually decided to put my "Blue Jays Collection" on hold for a bit, purge stuff that I don't really care much about, and try to build up a Joe Carter collection.

 When I started this back in September, I had two numbers in mind: 500 and 5000.

So "the goal" I've set is to try to reach 500 Joe Carter cards in 1 year, and try to get rid of (through whatever means necessary) 5000 cards that don't fit my collection.

Now that I'm about 6 months into this goal, it seems like a good time check my progress.

The goal of reaching 500 Joe Carter cards ("the binge") has gone extremely well. A conservative estimate would be that I own 8,000 Blue Jays cards, and that 6,000 of them are unique. Surprisingly, even after pulling all the Carters out of those boxes, I sat at less than 50 cards for my PC. In fact, on day one, my Joe Carter collection was only 43 cards.

5 minis and a micro
In the fall, I joined Zistle and started making trades. I love it. The system is easy to use, the people seem to be super friendly, and, to be honest, it's been quite productive for me. On the verge of completing my 13th trade, I've managed to trade my way to 66 more Joe Carter cards. Admittedly, I think I have just about tapped Zistle for all the Carter cards I can, but it's gone very well to this point.

Non-Zistle routes have been productive as well. I grabbed a few relics off of eBay, landed a surprise package from Kevin, and grabbed over 100 Carter cards over at JustCommons. All told, I am sitting at 354 cards "in-hand". That, to me, is worth passing marks on the "500" goal.

Now the purge, on the other hand, that's gone a little slower. By way of Zistle, I've offloaded 225 cards, and by way of other bloggers another 75 cards or so. And now that I've actually counted, I suppose slow is an overstatement -- the purge really isn't happening. If my numbers are right, I actually have 11 more cards than I did when this started. Ha! I had no idea. And I haven't even mentioned the ridiculous shipment I have building up at COMC right now. So in reality, I am failing miserably on the "5000" goal.

Oh well. I'm still happy with my progress so far. If you have Blue Jays cards on your wantlist, shoot me a message. With any luck, we can work out a trade for some Joe Carter cards, though in all honesty, I'll send you whatever I have for nothing.

Until then, though, I'm okay with batting .500.

Thanks for reading.

Richard.