i have no illusions regarding my collection. i know that i will never have a complete (or even the most complete) steve garvey card collection. i might have the best catalogued double play collection, but my dodger collection, i know for a fact, is lacking in both its organization and completeness. for example, while i have completed the topps dodger team sets from 1956 on (including traded and update sets except for those four 2012 super short prints in the update set), i do not anticipate ever completing all of the topps dodger team sets. the biggest obstacle would be the 1952 topps high numbered dodgers which make up almost half of the team set (16 of 33) and include such players as roy campanella, pee wee reese, and jackie robinson. i just can't see myself being able to pull that off.
but, at least i can check jackie robinson off of the list. yes, i pulled the trigger on an honest to goodness 1952 topps high numbered jackie robinson card.
as you can see, and as you know if you've been reading this blog for any of the past 5 and a half years, i am not a stickler when it comes to the condition of my vintage, although i don't begrudge those who might want something better for their collections. i am happy with my collection - happy with the cards that i own and happy with the ones i choose to add to it even as i run out of cards that i 'need' to add. i won't get to the point where i am actively seeking condition upgrades for my vintage dodgers (although i would like to upgrade a few other cards in my 1970 topps set). because of this, my topps dodger collection, and perhaps my dodger collection as a whole, is close to being complete - complete by my terms.
i had already decided that this year would be the last for this blog when i picked up the jackie card a couple of months ago. i thought about hanging on to it for my final post, but that would have been a waste of it. besides, i still have a ton of posts that i want to write, and some recurring themes that i need to finish, and i couldn't wait any longer to show it off. don't worry though, you'll see it again before this is all over. in fact, let's have another look at it now.