When it comes to collecting, I feel like I'm sort of an outlier or irregularity. Most of the card bloggers I know enjoy set building. It's entertaining, fun, challenging, and delivers a feeling of accomplishment when you're finished. Me? I prefer to just buy one already completed.
I like to think it has to do with saving money, but down inside... I know it's about me being impatient. I don't like things being incomplete... yet I'm too cheap to just pay top dollar for singles I need for set builds. That's why I'll just buy complete sets when I can afford them.
A while back, I purchased a box of 1988 Pacific Legends Series 1 baseball from Dennis (Too Many Verlanders). The goal was to eventually purchase a 1989 Pacific Legends Series 2 box off of eBay, but I haven't been able to find one in my price range.
My solution? Buy a completed set on eBay for under $10. The kicker? It actually contained both Series 1 and Series 2 sets.
However... as you can see from the title of this post... I did sit down, bust open a box, and build a set.
Yesterday I opened up the 1990 Pacific Baseball Alumni Team Legends box that Ryan (SumoMenkoMan) sent me a few weeks ago. Afterwards I sorted them into stacks by tens and built a hand collated set. Finally I inserted all three sets into 9-pocket pages for easy viewing. A good old fashioned set build.
By the time I was finished, my back was getting a little stiff from sitting on the floor... so I didn't have time to scan everything and write a in-depth review of these three sets. That being said, I did want to at least give you a snapshot at the differences between them:
1988 Pacific Legends Series One #40
Each series contains 110 cards. The first two sets have identical designs, but the Series One cards feature a yellow and gray card back, while the Series Two substitutes the yellow with blue.
1989 Pacific Legends Series Two #220
Series Two starts off with card #111 and runs through #220. I originally thought that the 1990 Pacific box continued the series, but that turned out to be untrue.
1990 Pacific Baseball Alumni Team Legends #59
This set features a slightly different design on the front and a very different design on the back. Plus... Pacific restarted the numbering at #1. I'm not 100% sure if there were any players in both the 1988 and 1989 Pacific Legends sets, but I know for sure that there were familiar names from those two series in the 1990 set.
That's it for the set analysis for today. This post has run its course.
If you're interested, I have plenty of duplicates from my 1990 box break. The collation wasn't very good and I was only able to build one complete set. However I do have two partial sets. One I'll probably break up and use for my binder collections and the other I'll send out to Dennis since I know he has an appreciation for these cards.
Thanks Ryan for providing the wax box for me to open. Thank you Dennis for motivating me to grab these sets. And thank you Phungo for this very cool post card:
The front features the famous 1976 Topps bubble gum card where he's representing the Brown and Gold instead of the Brewers. He wrote a nice note and included this Kurt Suzuki sketch on the back:
Thanks again Phungo! Keep up the amazing artwork. Okay... here is today's question of the day:
What's the last set you built completely by opening packs and trading away/for duplicates?
Happy Monday and sayonara!