1) Attended my very 1st National Sports Collectors Convention, which was held in Atlantic City. What an amazing experience! There are so many amazing dealers, you get the chance to interact with the card companies themselves and the best part....the PEOPLE! I cannot tell you how great it was to finally meet so many of my friends from Twitter who I've been talking to for years but never had a chance to meet in person. I obviously picked up a ton of really cool exclusives from the show, attended the Topps Q&A session and received a Ginter 1/1 exclusive to the show and picked up a few great PC items. I wish I had the personal life & money to attend every year, and while I doubt I'll be able to attend the show this year, I'll definitely be anxious to go to one soon.
2) At the start of the year, I wrote about how there were five cards that I wanted to focus on trying to own this past year. Well, as the year comes to a close, I'm happy to say that I was able to purchase 2 of the 5 cards that I set as my goal. I decided recently to scratch the PSA 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. card from my list. I think I can buy one at any time, and don't feel its enough of a challenge to keep on my list for 2017. I may end up buying one soon, but not important enough to be on "The List" (shout-out to anyone who watches WWE and gets that joke). The two cards that I was NOT able to find and purchase this year are the 1939 Play Ball Ted Williams RC (only a few at the National and none were even close to being centered) and the 1983 Topps Jim McMahon RC. The two cards that I was able to purchase: a beautiful PSA 6 1960 Carl Yastrzemski RC (picture in the My Collection section) and a PSA 8 1986 Fleer Charles Barkley RC (picture in the My Collection section). I'm happy that I was able to get 2 of the 5 this year and I'm already thinking about the five that will make "The List" in 2017.
3) What an amazing year for my #focus! I was so focused on adding Red Sox cards to my collection. I was able to add my first T206 card ever (a Red Sox player), picked up a PSA 10 Topps Heritage High # Mookie Betts RC before the market went crazy with the price, picked up the previously mentioned Yaz rookie card and a few other gems. I'm still focused on the Red Sox (especially RC cards) and hope to add Fisk, Evans, Rice and Lynn to my collection soon.
Well, enough for now. I hope to post more often, keep me honest and tweet me on Twitter if I haven't posted in awhile. Best of luck with your #collect in 2017 and have a happy holiday season (if I don't write again before then)!