In a word, sets. The bulk of my collection is made up of complete sets. When I get a set, I'll either buy the complete set or I'll put it together by buying singles. I don't buy packs. That means I never have much of anything to trade with. I get a request or two a month to do some trading, but I usually have to say no. It's not that I'm trying to be a snob or anything, it's just that I don't have anything to send out.
My set collection has three pieces, Topps, Fleer, and initial releases.
Regular readers should know which Topps sets I have from my monthly set price tracking. I've got the sets from 1969 to 2012. I start with 1969 because that is the first year I bought cards. I also have all the traded/update sets, too. The base sets are kept in binders while the traded sets are in boxes. My Topps complete set total is 36,849.
I also have a complete run of Fleer sets, from 1981 through 2006. I bought my first Fleer set in 1981, figuring it would be an investment worth thousands. Boy was I wrong! I also have the Fleer traded set, though I'm short two cards. The Kirby Puckett and Roger Clemens cards from the 1984 set are very expensive and I just couldn't spend that kind of money. I keep the Fleer cards in boxes for now. The Fleer card total is 19,229.
The third part of my complete sets are initial releases of other brands. My goal is to have the first year release of any set that is a part of my Cub collection. I haven't reached that goal, but right now I've got the first year set of 45 brands. With several I also have the second year, too. These sets I keep in binders. The total of these cards is 36,113.
Here's a list of the different brands I've got:
|Allen and Ginter||2006 – 2012 (complete run)|
|Baseball Legends||1988-1990 (complete run)|
|Conlon||1991-1995 (complete run)|
|Greats of the Game||2000-2006 (complete run)|
|Leaf||1985, 1986, 1993|
|Major League Debut||1989|
|Opening Day||1998, 2010|
|Score (including traded)||1988 – 1998 (complete run)|
|SP Legendary Cuts||2001|
|Stadium Club||1991, 1992|
|Topps Micro||1991-1993 (complete run)|
|Upper Deck||1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2008|
|Upper Deck X||2008|
The total for all my complete sets is 92,191.
Tomorrow I will list my Cubs cards.