So today I'm going to write about some semi-realistic and not-so-realistic things I'd like to experience or accomplish before I kick the bucket. But before I do... I want to give a shout out to Billy over at Cardboard History for inspiring me to write this list. Last week he posted his bucket list over here.
Okay. Let's kick things off with four things that are likely to never happen unless I win the lottery...
The Not Realistic Bucket List:
1. Complete the 1956 Topps baseball set. (Chance of Success: 3%)
1956 Topps #31
I've made it pretty clear to all of you just how much I love this set. I'm in the process of collecting all of the hall of famers in this set, but it'd be so much cooler to own the entire set. Money is the main thing that's holding me back. I collect way too many things to focus my attention on this set.
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As a rookie card collector, I'd love to one day own a graded copy of #42's rookie card. I've watched a few copies here and there, but I just can't justify spending four figures on a piece of cardboard. Maybe one day. Maybe.
3. Attend The National. (Chance of Success: 25%)
Like Billy... I'd love to one day attend the National Sports Collectors Convention. The problem is I'd much rather go shopping on COMC or on eBay, than spend hundreds of dollars on airfare and a hotel room. My best chance would be if it returned to the Moscone Center in San Francisco or possibly the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California.
1974 Kellogg's #51
1979 Kellogg's #18
1982 Kellogg's #4
Ever since I purchased those Kellogg's sets last month, I've been on a mission to complete the 1976 to 1983 run of Kellogg's cards. I'm down to only needing the 1979 set. If money was no object, I'd be chasing down the 1970, 1971, 1972, and 1975 sets as well. Unfortunately, it's really hard for me to justify spending hundreds of dollars on these four sets when there are tons of other "more affordable" singles I'm currently targeting.
Okay... let's move on to some things that are potentially a little more realistic...
1. Own a Mike Trout autographed card. (Chance of Success: 51%)
There was a time when Greg Maddux, Barry Bonds, and Hank Aaron autographs were out of my price range. But as they signed more and more cards, prices dropped lower and lower. Hopefully the same thing applies to Trout.
2. Complete my run of Topps baseball sets from 1972 to 1986. (Chance of Success: 90%)
1973 Topps #142
Out of all of the things on my sports card bucket list, this is the one that's most likely to occur. The only set I still need is the 1973 Topps baseball set and although it's vintage, these are pretty affordable. It's mainly comes down to me finding a set in reasonable condition with a reasonable price tag. I'm counting on this happening one day.
3. Own a 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle. (Chance of Success: 50%)
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This is the one 1956 Topps hall of famer that may or may not ever land in my collection. Much like the 1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson and the Mike Trout autograph, it'll come down to money and whether or not I want to dedicate such a high percentage of my hobby budget to a single card.
4. Visit a baseball card shop in Japan. (Chance of Success: 40%)
Beckett Baseball Advertisement
If I ever cross off this bucket list item, it means I crossed off a major personal bucket list item as well: travel to Japan. The one thing holding me back would be the eleven hour flight from San Francisco to Tokyo and my anxiety. It's possible. I hope.
5. Streamline my collection. (Chance of Success: 35%)
This is the only bucket list item that isn't in the "want" category. It essentially needs to get done.
I collect way too many things and due to lack of storage space, I've been thinking about streamlining things and trimming the fat. Unfortunately I face one major issue. I really, really, really enjoy collecting all of these things.
Well there you have it: my sports card bucket list. I'm sure most of you have already checked out Billy's list, but if you haven't you should. Just click here.
So what are some things you'd like to accomplish in this hobby before you kick the bucket?
As usual... I look forward to reading and replying to your responses.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!