Friday, June 30, 2017

A major milestone

I'll start off by saying that my numbers are surely not accurate...I keep them in multiple places and not a single one matches. But I have a working number that I go off of and even though I'm sure it's not right, it's probably as close as I can ever get. I treat it as if it was correct.

Last night, I hit a major milestone with my collection....I hit 150,000 different cards. That's a grand total of all sports and non-sports...everything. I began collecting in 1988 and have never truly stopped, although 2007 and 2008 were pretty lean years, I got documented new cards in both of them. (Documented meaning I listed them with a date in my paper listing).

I didn't actually have a working total number until January of this year, when I finished listing and counting the cards that came with 1/64 diecast cars. I know I have others, but no idea where. I hope to find them some day. But I counted what I had, and it was the last section of my collection that did not have even a rudimentary count. I'm running with it as a grand total even though I don't think I ever counted the oversize cards, or even the 1996-97 Collector's Choice mini-cards...which I did separate.

After the package from Adam I showed in my last post I was 8 cards away, and a trip to Target yielded some packs...
this is card #150,000.
I hadn't opened any 2016-17 Complete since Christmas, when I got a blaster. For a set I really like I have not chased it as much as I normally would. At 400 cards this year it's still 50 players away from being actually complete, but it's the largest crop of players Panini has ever given us.

I also picked up two packs of 2015-16 Excalibur and one each of 2016-17 Threads and Prestige, and some hockey packs- 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum, 2015-16 UD Series 2 and 2016-17 MVP and Artifacts, which I thought at the time was the first pack I'd ever opened of the set, but I was wrong, it was my second. I now sit at 150,031 cards...and the number will always keep going up, as I don't plan to ever stop collecting for as long as I live.

Since I've got this Westbrook card posted, I will say also that I'm thrilled he won MVP this season. He earned it with one of the most amazing performances in NBA history, averaging a Triple Double for the entire season, something only ever done once before in the NBA's 70 years. The amazing thing is that if they don't bring in some help this off season, he might be doing it again next year, too!

I would not have hit this milestone without the help of my fellow collectors. I've added literally thousands of cards as gifts from fellow bloggers/collectors just in the last 12 months alone, and I treasure every one of them. Thank you to everyone who has ever sent me a card.

14 comments:

  1. It would be interesting to hear everyone's card count estimate! I'm at roughly 125,000.

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    1. Maybe that can be the next Blog Bat Around!

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  2. Congrats! Not are what my count is. Would take me awhile lol

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    1. Thanks! It took me 29 years to get a count LOL

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  3. Congrats on the huge milestone Billy.

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  4. Congratulations! I hope to continue to add to your total in the future.

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    1. Thanks! I still have some of the cards you sent me socked away for next year 😀

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  5. Impressive! I'm 1/10th of the way behind you lol

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    1. You'll get there, I'm sure! More than half of them I got just by being in the right place at the right time.

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  6. Congrats! Not a bad card to hit 150K with either. Always fun reading your posts. Thanks.

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    1. Yeah I've really become a fan of his this season. I realized his demeanor is just incredible focus, and not the aloofness it once seemed. Thank you!

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