Finish this to-do list:
- order MiLB cards for Japanese MLB collection and player collections
- order non-sport cards for sets that are nearly finished
- verify Japanese MLBers, NPB foreigners lists
- update my Archives collection list with 2017 rookies
- update MiLB type collection lists
- update/verify MLB type collection lists for 2015, 2016, 2017
Organize my Japanese single cards.This returns from last year. The physical cards need to be better-sorted and stored, and the actual list needs to be reformatted.
Reach 700 Cards in my Foreigners Collection.I'm at 618 now, so it's not a very big stretch. A further goal will be to research what sets these players appear in, if any - there are plenty of players from the 1990s and 2000s who I shouldn't have much trouble finding, but the players from the pre-BBM days will pose a bigger challenge. It would be a good idea to get a clear picture of what I'm working with.
Get two player collection autographs.One of those will be Manny Ramirez; there are three more remaining: Ichiro, Masahiro Tanaka, and Barry Bonds. None will come cheap, but it looks like Bonds will do the least damage to my wallet.
Reduce the Japanese set want list to 125.This list sits at 145, but many of the sets can be removed. I don't see a problem with achieving this goal, even if it's not by completing several of the sets. I'm not planning on just deleting 20 sets, though - with any luck I'll be down to 100 by the end of the year, matching the US set want list.
This article basically completes the research part of this list, so it's just a matter of putting together a list and getting all the cards I need. It'll be a fun mini-collection to put together, and I probably have cards for several of the players already sitting around here!
Get cracking on a Jersey History collection.A couple years ago, NPB Card Guy put together a series of posts chronicling the progression of each NPB team's jerseys. He used many of the cards already in his collection to show the styles, but I'd like to build a whole collection of cards for this. I have The History of Uniform, a book which explains each team's jersey year by year. It's in Japanese, but very easy to use with a little bit of Japanese knowledge. I know I won't finish this collection, but it'll be good to get it started.
Finish the 2000 Calbee set.
I need Series 2 plus several inserts. While we're at it, I'd like to finish the 2016 set (I need a bunch of subset and insert cards). And of course, get the 2018 set.
- Finish the 2008 Stadium Club set: all I need is the Clayton Kershaw throwing variation. I'm not counting the autographs, though I'd like to get them for a master set. That one card will complete my Stadium Club set run through 2017!
- Get the 1992 Score set. That would finish my Score set run, 1988-1998.
- Get the 1989, 1998 Update, 2003, 2004, and 2005 Donruss sets. Those will finish my Donruss set run through 2017!
Unless I find some great deals on shipping, I doubt I'll get all of those sets. In fact, the '89 Donruss and '92 Score sets probably aren't worth the price of shipping alone. (I'm pretty sure I have both of those already anyway, sitting in storage back in Georgia, uncataloged.) I'll probably focus my effort on the '98 Update and '03-'05 Donruss.
- Post a Japanese Card Index and Card Shops in Japan Index - carryovers from last year
- Finally, finally, finally finish the Calbee posts.
- Keep up with the 2018 new releases.
So where does that leave me for this year? Eighteen goals for 2018 (purely coincidental!). No sweat... I hope.
As a bonus goal, I would like to go to more baseball games this year. I made it to three NPB games: Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Hiroshima. The five Tokyo-area teams shouldn't be that hard to see, and I could plan my Golden Week trip around Osaka and Nagoya, getting me to every team except the Golden Eagles. And last year, I saw three games in the Shikoku Island League; there are other independent leagues to get out and see. Of course, my game-viewing likelihood depends on where I'm working during the season.