Monday, January 7, 2019

2019 Collecting Goal

I don't do resolutions anymore. If I decide to do something to make my life better, I don't see the point of waiting until January to start. If I fail, then I decide if it's worth another go. There's an endless list of things I'd like to do and accomplish. If I get some done this year, great! Next year is good too. The point is to never just stop completely.

I'm the same way with my collection. There are some goals I'd like to accomplish, but I'm not going to put the pressure of a resolution or year long time frame on them. If it happens, it happens.

Despite that, I thought the start of a new year would be a good opportunity to blog about an idea I've been stewing about in my mind for awhile now.

Unless you have been living under a rock this past year, you may have heard that my favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, won the World Series.  I thought it would be fun to commemorate the occasion by collecting a complete gold parallel team set from the 2018 base and update sets. It should be a fairly easy enough parallel to obtain, and I like that they are serial numbered to the year that they won.

2018 Topps #48 Boston Red Sox (TC)

Here's the Red Sox team list for 2018 Topps:

Base Set
#18 Rafael Devers*
#20 Chris Sale*
#43 Eduardo Rodriguez*
#48 Boston Red Sox (TC)
#76 Eduardo Nunez*
#103 Christian Vazquez*
#104 Mitch Moreland*
#129 Chris Sale (LL) 
#140 Mookie Betts*
#152 Matt Barnes*
#211 Boston B-Boys (CL)
#242 Craig Kimbrel*
#260 Rick Porcello*
#270 Jackie Bradley Jr.*
#370 Steven Wright
#411 David Price*
#439 Dustin Pedroia
#457 Hanley Ramirez
#483 Drew Pomeranz*
#502 Xander Bogaerts*
#556 Andrew Benintendi*

Update Set
#US10 Ian Kinsler*
#US23 J.D. Martinez (AS)
#US51 Nathan Eovaldi*
#US64 Mookie Betts (AS)
#US69 Did We Just Become Best Friends?
#US101 Chris Sale (AS)
#US117 Kyle Martin (RC)
#US183 Mitch Moreland (AS)
#US195 J.D. Martinez*
#US247 Marcus Walden (RC)

Although 31 cards isn't horrible, I might even concentrate on just the 18 players that were on the playoff roster (marked with asterisks if you were curious).  Although it lacks playoff heroes like Brock Holt, Steve Pearce, and Ryan Brasier, I think it'll be a fun set to collect. Maybe I'll even expand to collect the gold parallels of their other championship years in 2004, 2007 and 2013.

I've created a page to help keep track of what cards I still need, which as of this writing, is all of them. Wish me luck!


  1. I'd wish you luck, but I don't think that you'll need to much of it - between fellow bloggers and TCDB members, I suspect that you'll have this project finished in no time at all :)

  2. Check with Dan/vrooomed. He usually builds the gold parallel set and may have some dupes around.

  3. That's an awesome idea...especially with the "serial numbered to 2018" aspect of it.