Now that 2012 has come and gone, I just wanted to take a minute and review what has transpired the past year. I lost a lot of family and friends this past year with the passing of my Dad in January, my uncle in February, my aunt in June, and finally my best friend in November. To say that I'm glad 2012 has come to a close would be a complete understatement. However, through everything my family and I have gone through in 2012, I will say that my love for this hobby has helped to get me through the rough patches. As I've stated so many times before in the past, these little pieces of cardboard can conjure up so many memories of days long passed and take me back to a time when life was much simpler and a lot less hectic.
In 2012 I was able to add five complete sets to my collection: 2011 Gypsy Queen, 1993 Flair, 1990 Leaf, 1991 Stadium Club Hockey, and 1991 Stadium Club Football. In addition to the complete sets, I was able to knock a few of my Topps Reds team sets off my wantlist: 2012, 1962, 1961, 1958, 1956, and 1955. Finally, I was able to add my very first tobacco card to my collection: a T 206 Bob Spade.
There were also a few non-sports card related accomplishments I was able to complete this past year. I was able to acquire my three World Series ticket stubs in which the Reds were crowned champions (1975, 1976, 1990...I still need stubs from 1940 and 1919). I was also able to start posting many of the autographs I have in my personal collection including: baseballs, bats, cards, and a jersey. So, that leaves me with a new question...what's on tap for next year?
I've decided that in 2013 I'm going to ease up on my collection goals. Sure, I still want to complete the two goals that remained elusive in 2012 (completing the 2005 Studio set and the 1957 Topps Reds team set), but after that, I'm not going to break the bank and try to complete another ten tasks like I did in 2012. I think it would be great if I could complete my 1952 Topps low number Reds team set, along with the 1953 and 1954 Topps Reds team sets. Of course the 2013 Topps Reds team set is a given, unless Topps decides to make a super short print of Votto, Chapman, or even Billy Hamilton (if he's called up from the minors).
I've also started examining the future of this blog. While I've been happy with how the blog has turned out thus far, I know that there's only so much I can talk about with my collection. At the most, I'm picturing this blog lasting another year or two at the most. I plan on wrapping up my posts concerning the autographs I've obtained this year as well as posting scans of each and every Topps Reds team set from 2013 to 1952 once I wrap up my "through the mail" series. After that, I guess I'll just have to see what happens.