#1: Create a Monthly Hobby Budget and Adhere to It
Although I'm very good about living within my means and not buying things I can't afford, I never actually stuck to a monthly hobby budget. Or if I did... I didn't do it for long. On the other hand, I did open a special savings account for recreational spending, which includes things like vacations, holiday shopping, and hobby expenses.
Final Grade: C-
#2: Purchase Five 1956 Topps Hall of Famers
I'll actually discuss this resolution a little more in Tuesday's post, but for now I'll just tell you that I didn't come close to reaching this goal.
#3: Resurrect my Annual Summer Contest
Epic fail. I don't even think this entered my mind last summer, which is a shame. This contest was always a lot of fun. A lot of work too. But bottom line... a lot of fun. Maybe in 2017? We'll see.
#4: Pick Up One of These Topps Sets: 1973, 1974, or 1977
Finally... I succeeded with flying colors. I picked up the 1977 Topps set for a project I'm currently working on at a card show for $80. The 1973 and 1974 Topps baseball cards are the only two sets I need to complete my birth year through 1986 Topps set run.
#5: Have Fun, Continue Blogging, and Read More Blogs
The total number of posts I published declined for the fourth consecutive year and actually hit an all-time low. Plus there were a few long periods where I was so busy, I didn't have time to read your posts either. However... I was able to add a few new blogs to my reading list... and in terms of collecting, I did have a lot of fun.
Normally I'd be very disappointed with a D+ average, but overall... I feel I did okay on my 2016 resolutions. Could I have improved? Of course. But at the end of the day, I walked out of 2016 a pretty happy camper in terms of blogging and collecting.
As for my 2017 resolutions, I think I'm going to hold off on making any new ones. My major goals for this upcoming year are to...
#1: Maintain an average of 3 posts per week.
#2: Continue reading your blog posts.
#3: Pick up at least one 1956 Topps HOFer.
#4: Continue to live within my means.
#5: Have fun.
What about you?
Did you create any 2017 hobby resolutions for yourself?
I hope all of you enjoyed a safe New Year's Eve last night. Happy New Years and sayonara!