I’m not much for resolutions and I know anything I put here is going to fail miserably. But what the hey. These are my goals for 2014, in no particular order.
1.) Mostly Finish Fergie Jenkins playing career run- Pending COMC shipment, I will have gotten all of Fergie’s solo, non-league leaders Topps cards from the 1970s. So, barring oddballs and OPC, which are not major priorities. I’ll just need his ’68, some league leaders from the ’70s, any SSPCs, and most of his ’80s cards, none of which should cost too much.
2.) Get Ryne Sandberg’s other two RCs- I have a Fleer and two Topps Ryno RCs, so I need his OPC and Donruss.
3.) Complete 12 trades- Averaging one a month shouldn’t be too hard… right? We already have one pending, two if you count Shot Not Taken being always pending.
4.) Complete any three sets- Propaganda Posters, Diamond Stars, and some year of A&G Highlight Sketches look like the easiest options, but we’ll see.
5.) Complete the following Single Page Sensations-
2011 Topps Legend Variation SPs
2011 Topps Diamond Legend Variation SPs
2011 Topps Diamond Die-Cuts- Sale and Winfield Single Pages have been reinstated, so I need two to replace them.
2012 Bowman Chrome Legends in the Making Die-Cuts
2012 Finest Faces of the Franchise Die-Cuts- I was very on the fence about these until I actually got them in my hands. I like them. I will keep them (I may still be willing to part with certain ones for the time being though).
2013 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection
Any combination of five others.
Any two from the Sketch Card Page.
The sketch cards might prove difficult, but none of the rest should require a great deal of expense or challenge.
6.) At least 30 new 1960 Topps Cards- This has really trailed off. Out of the 30, I want a minimum of 5 superstar/Hall of Famer/common high numbers.
7.) Land at least 10 more key rookies- Andre Dawson, Ichiro Suzuki, Vlad Guerrero, Nomar Garciaparra, Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, and Don Mattingly are the highest on my list. I’d be very happy to land any one of them in the coming year.
8.) Complete 5 more trifectas- Almost everything I’m close on trifecta-wise is attainable, except Kosuke, because he has no autograph cards that I know of. Peanut Tillman lacks severely in the relic department, but he does have one. Even lesser Ladainian Tomlinson autos can be had for around $25 on occasion, so finishing these enough of these is just a matter of making them a priority.
9.) Break the 100 card mark of another player- I’ve been over 100 with Aramis Ramirez for a little while now. Ichiro and Vlad are my next closest, and I feel like I might be able to get there on one of them, especially if trades pick up.
10.) Pay off my old debts- There are a couple trades from 2013 I still need to send out, and I found someone on twitter awhile back that I flaked out on like three years ago. Those will go out soon, one possibly as early as today.
1.) At least 75 posts this year.
2.) At least 25 non-baseball card related- Art, crappy poetry, short stories, life in general, reviews, recipes, I’m up for any whim really.
1.) Finally start hitting the gym- This won’t start until I think the resolutioners have mostly cleared out though.
2.) Rededicate myself to running- I hit a wall last summer and never really recovered, even though I still walked a ton. I’m starting to get it back though. I’ve jogged the full, 2+ mile trip over to the parents twice recently.
3.) Rededicate myself to eating healthier- I don’t look hideous and haven’t gained a lot of weight, but I feel like I really fell off the wagon the last couple months of 2013.
4.) Finish most of the old sketch cards I’ve never gotten around to completing- I did a few awhile back, now for the other bajillion.
5.) Complete at least 30 new portraity sketches of real people- Well, I’ve started one so far. Sketch cards count, but I’d like them to not account for more than half.
6.) Complete at least 50 new sketch cards- These could play into #5, but I’d like to get back to comic & such ones in a big way as well.
7.) Finish the first draft of a novel- I have a chapter or two written of several things and lots more character sheets to work from. I really should have finished this already.
8.) Take at least one trip well outside of my town on my own- All I want to do is travel, so I just gotta start doing it. No one is willing or able to help me with this.
9.) Watch more anime- I watched Trigun: Badlands Rumble over the holidays, and while I never got that into the series itself, the movie was pretty outstanding and reignited my love of anime. I have a promising series called Fairy Tail queued up to watch in the coming days, so this is off to a good start.
10.) Play more video games- I want to finish my Gen IV Pokemon games, pick up and complete both games in Gen V, and maybe beat one or two of the oldern non-Polkamenz RPGs I have laying around by the end of the year.
That’s all I got right now. Come back at the end of the year to see what an utter disaster this turned out to be!
Your reward for slogging through my self-indulgent post..