Things have been quiet here lately. With regard to my collection anyways. In the last two weeks I have had to replace the AC compressor on two different cars, leaving a fairly big hole in my pocket. I have picked up a few things here and there, and have managed to complete two sets.
These were the last two unnumbered checklists I needed to complete my 1973 Topps set. So, at the moment, the only "flagship" sets I am working on are 1956, 1975, and 1979. I'd like to finish at least one of the latter two prior to the end of this year. Depending on how you look at it, it took me almost three and half years to finish this set. I got my first '73s in a trade with Ted at the now defunct Crinkly Wrappers in January of 2012, although I didn't start working it in earnest until about a year later.
These were the two cards I needed to achieve my definition of complete for the 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game set. This was over 4 years in the making, as I really started on this set in April of 2011. It isn't a master set, as there is the serial numbered blue parallels, the autographed subset, game used memorabilia parallels to various insert sets, and the uber-expensive Yankee clippings insert set. But the cost to complete any one of those is beyond what I willing to pay and would only distract from my core vintage set collecting. So, this one is done also!
Lastly, this is the one card I have added to my Paul and Lloyd Waner player collections. I bought it on a whim and probably shouldn't have. It cost $46 delivered and is typical of most modern Waner releases: bat cards issued in low numbers. I like the card real well, but I am discouraged by the prices these modern cards get. I am not sure what I am going to do with this collection. I may just limit it to vintage (which are also expensive) and non-exclusive modern cards. At least for the moment, the need for car air conditioning in the Oklahoma summer has forced that decision into the future.