It's December, and as far as I'm concerned, the 2013 baseball card season is over. I've got everything I bought cataloged and scanned. Now it's time to start putting them away to prepare for 2014.
By my count, there were 35 sets released in 2013. This pretty much agrees with baseballcardpedia.com. They don't list Upper Deck Goodwin Champions but I do. I don't count some very limited release sets, like Topps Turkey Red.
I bought 2,118 2013 cards. This is a bit down from 2012, when I bought 2,779 cards. I'm trying to be a bit more targeted this year.
My oft stated (and pretty much impossible) collecting goal is to get at least one of every type of card released. I figure there were 1,153 different cards released in 2013 (counting each base set, parallels, insert sets, etc). So how did I do? I got 176 of them. I fall further behind each year but it's still fun trying. 1,153 cards is the most in a year since Upper Deck went down in 2008. I attribute this to Panini's aggressive move into the market.
These 176 cards go into my reference album for the year. I also add subset cards (like rookie cards) to the album, although I don't count them in the total of different cards for the year. All in all, I'm adding 294 cards for 2013. This also counts any promo cards which came in packs.
I thought I'd spend most of the rest of the month presenting the additions to my Reference Album. Pretty self-indulgent of me, but it's my blog. Let's get started, more or less, in alphabetical order.
I raved about 2012 Bowman because it was the first major design change in close to 20 years. I like this year's set as well, although, it's not much different than last year. Do we have to wait another 20 years?
Next entry will be Bowman Chrome.