On January 1 for the past several years I've gone back and graded myself on my collection goals from the previous year. So how did I do in 2019?
GOAL #1: Add my usual Cubs team sets as they are released: Topps flagship, Heritage, Opening Day, Factory Team set, Bowman, Allen and Ginter, Chrome, Gypsy Queen, Archives, Update and whatever else comes along.
Grade - A: this was easy, especially with super breaker Brentandbecca taking care of me.
GOAL #2: Add the complete sets of the flagship, update, and Allen and Ginter. I've got a flagship run starting with 1969 and the complete run of Traded / Update and Allen and Ginter. I see no reason to stop.
Grade - A: another one made easier by Brentandbecca
GOAL #3: Add any autograph and relic cards for Cubs players that haven't previously had one. I'm done with players from previous seasons, so now its just a matter of adding new guys as cards are issued.
Grade - A: If a player has a card that follows my rule, I add him. There were fiveautographs (Alzolay, Hoerner, Darvish, Norwood, and Underwood) and two relics (Alzolay and Bote) added in 2019.
GOAL #4: Continue adding to the player collections of Darwin Barney, Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, and Billy Williams.
Grade - B: I added 21 Billy Williams cards including a few that were on the PSA master list. Things were a bit slow with the other players.
GOAL #5: Add odd-ball sets and sets of smaller brands that I missed earlier. I've been having fun with this one and hope to add several more of the smaller sets.
Grade - A+ I went crazy with this one and added at least twenty new brands. Most had less that ten cards each, but the brands were completed.
GOAL #6: Write something about the collection every day, though if I take a day or two off, that is OK.
Grade - A I had 358 posts in 2019, meaning seven days off, which I took during our summer bike trip.
GOAL #7: Enjoy working on goals 1-7. I'm in trouble when I can't meet this goal.
Grade - A: If I wasn't enjoying it, there wouldn't be 358 posts!