Happy New Year! Today is the first day of January and a great time to set goals and focus on the year ahead. If you follow my blog at all, you know that I'm working on a complete Topps set run from 1951 to present. I've been working on this for over 25 years and have progressed quite a bit in 2013.
It would be ideal to have every card in mint condition; however, I know that if I set a goal that high it would never be accomplished. Therefore, here are the condition guidelines I have set:
1951 Topps – all cards at least a PSA 3 with zero qualifiers
1952 Topps – all cards at least a PSA 2 with zero qualifiers
1953 Topps – all cards at least a PSA 2 with zero qualifiers
1954 Topps – all cards at least a PSA 3 with zero qualifiers
1955 Topps through 1969 Topps – all cards at least a strong EX condition (PSA 5 quality or better)
1970 Topps through 1980 Topps – all cards at least near mint condition
1981 Topps through present day – all cards at least near mint to mint condition
It is important to note that in the 1951 through 1954 sets I am working on, my goal is to have every card in a PSA slab. I will collect raw cards or graded cards from other companies but I will have to pay to get them graded by PSA.
Here is my want list in order of priority -- only 1,063 more as of January 1, 2014:
Starting today, I'll be chronicling my progress on my goal of a complete Topps set run by posting all trades, purchases, and sells on this blog. It will be interesting to see how many cards I will need at year end. As it stands right now, the magic number is 1,063.
Stay tuned tomorrow and all year long to see my progress.