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Countdown to 20,000 Coming Soon

Featured Cards: 2013 Bowman Breakouts #BSB-AAL, Aaron Altherr; 2014 Topps Philadelphia Phillies 60th Anniversary, Cole Hamels (no #)

Yes, I’m still alive and kicking; I’ve just been on another one of my hiatuses from this particular blog. As is usually the case, I started focusing intently on some of my other long-standing projects. In particular, I’ve been working feverishly on The Database and will have a much improved version online soon. In addition, I’m planning to start posting with some regularity again soon as I am now inching close to a landmark number in my collection: 20,000.

2013 Bowman AltherrI started this blog back in May 2011 in anticipation of adding card number 14,000 to the collection. It’s really hard to wrap my head around the fact that in a little over three years I’ve added approximately 6,000 more to the collection. I should state that “card” is a rather amorphous term — it includes various postcards, stickers, photos, coins, mini-posters and other small collectibles. However, I actually have a large collection of signed baseballs and slabbed certified autograph cards that I don’t include in that count, for some reason I’ve never given any conscious consideration to. I’m sure I’d already be beyond the 2o,000 milestone if I counted those as well.

My current plan is to post card numbers 19,991-20,000 as they arrive. Although, I feel that I should probably take the time to highlight some other cards along the way. I don’t know when exactly I’ll hit that mark, but based on planned release dates for upcoming Panini and Topps products — combined with the fact that I will only be purchasing new releases for the foreseeable future* — I’m guessing that it will be no later than the middle of July.

In the meantime, I feel it necessary to make a public service announcement for the incredibly awesome and limited new Phillies team set issued by Topps: the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies 60th Anniversary Team Set. I don’t 2014 Topps Phillies 60th Hamelsknow why it’s being called a 60th anniversary set, seeing as the 5″ x 7″ blank-backed cards use the 1955 Topps design, but they are only printing 99 serial-numbered sets. I ordered mine two weeks ago, but the moment I’m writing this post it appears that Topps still has some available for order. I received my set in the mail a few days ago and they are gorgeous. They even come in special wax wrapper that I will be keeping along with the cards. But the best part, for me, is this: I got extremely lucky and my set is number 01/99. Yes, I own the first one. I don’t think I own the first number of anything quite like this set. The only drawback is that it is a little pricey. Including shipping, the five-card set containing Hamels, Howard, Lee, Rollins, & Utley will cost you slightly over $31.00.

More to come soon.

*As I get really close to 20,000, I might try to acquire a special vintage item to celebrate the milestone, but I haven’t come to a firm decision yet.