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Old 02-15-2016, 12:40 AM
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Default How focused are you in your set collecting?

I've been reading threads and I've noticed that there are many set collectors on the board and I wonder how focused are you? Meaning, do you buy cards from other years/sets or do you buy only for that particular set?

I'm a huge Braves fan and I'm in the process of collecting Topps base cards for every Braves player, from '51 to today. I rarely buy cards/collectibles outside of that specific aim, but when I do it's based solely on the look of the card or the collectible; I'm working on cultivating a baseball theme for my office, focusing on the worldwide appeal that is our beloved game. Right now I have japanese cards, venezuelan cards, some bobbleheads, pennants, magazines/scorecards, and autographed baseballs/cards.

So, how many of you are only focused on your set and how many of you collect your set, but buy other cards/collectibles that have nothing to do with the set you're trying to complete?
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:13 AM
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Set guy here
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:40 AM
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I try to stay focused, otherwise the budget can spiral out of control very quickly.

I've even got it down to only buying cards by series. I start any set off by completing series one, then move on to series two etc. Much the way the sets were completed in their original years.

My goal is to have a complete set from every year. I've completed my run of Topps sets (except for 1952 High numbers) Because of that I'm currently working on series 5 of the 1952 Bowman set to count for my 1952 complete set.

When that set is done I'll move on to the 1950 Bowman set and then work my way into the 1940's
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:41 AM
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I am mostly focused on several player runs and a couple of team sets. However I do stray occasionally, like picking up an Exhibit here and there because I think they're cool, or picking up a single for a signing if the fee is cheap enough and I like the guy.
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:41 AM
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I am working (61, 64) or upgrading (67, 68, 71, 72) several sets now. I am mainly a set collector, but an avid variation hunter.
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Old 02-15-2016, 10:03 AM
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Most of my focus is on my Indians type set. I am getting to the point where the oldies are so scarce that they seldom appear( Valo Sugardale, E-107, Piedmont Art Stamp) and when they do the cost is out of sight. Most of my acquisitions these days are the newest releases.

I also have sets from my youth '59-61 and I will upgrade cards in those from time to time.
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Old 02-15-2016, 10:27 AM
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For those of you old enough to remember, my collecting focus is like a "super ball" being thrown into a concrete room!

I get close to a set then start two others, then two more. I am under 50 on each set from the 1950's except for the 1951 Bowman and 1952 Topps and so hopefully I will settle down and complete them one at a time.

I have a good friend that is a CPA with a very controlled process, he starts and finishes a set without ever looking at another year. I really don't know which way is more fun?
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Old 02-15-2016, 10:29 AM
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Pretty much anything and everything including Pre-War, nonsports, sets, etc. Working on a LOT of Topps sets. Ebbs and flows depending on what I find. If I find really good non-set stuff, I'll buy it and then when I don't I will work on the sets...........
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Old 02-15-2016, 11:50 AM
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Sets and I lack focus. My focus is on a run from 54-present. With second sets of all sports in the 1970s and thirds of BB from 73-79.
That being said, I've the three big high number sets (61,66 & 67) to complete, a couple big cards from 54&55 and the more common sets of 62 and 65 left to go. Yet, I still can't seem to focus on any one set at a time.
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:02 PM
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The toughest part for me is finding things outside of my set that I really like, I buy it at a decent price, and then think back on how many cards I could have got for my set. For example, I just bought a Hank Aaron bobblehead, great piece and I love it, but I could have bought 5 to 10 cards, maybe more, for my set. Can you both regret and not regret a purchase at the same time? LOL
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