Making 2013 cardboard resolutions

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Happy New Year!

The last couple days of 2012, I thought about the resolutions I wanted to make for 2013 – cardboard resolutions.

What did I want for my collection?

In 2012, I streamlined my collection greatly. I got rid of about 16,000 commons and inserts for a small stack of Derek Jeter cards, which included inserts and memorabilia cards. This probably puts my Jeter collection at more than 1,800 unique cards.


However, my collection is not where I want it to be. I want to trade or sell even more of my non-Jeter or Yankees for cards I want. It would be easy to do if I enjoyed selling cards, but I don’t like the hassle that comes with that.

Sometimes I even have a little seller’s remorse, which takes a couple of days to go away.

But I think I’m ready, so here are my plans for 2013.

Sort my Jeter collection

It should be done already, I know! At one point, I had my entire Derek Jeter collection organized in Beckett’s database. However, I’m working at creating a file I can take with me offline. There are many card shows in basements where there is no Internet service, making it tough to access my Organize.

Additionally, I got to the point where I stopped keeping track of my Jeter cards and right now, I have a big brown box filled with cards in top loaders. I need to get this done so I don’t buy any more doubles.

Get to 2,000 cards

I’d like to reach at least 2,000 unique Jeter cards this year, an attainable goal. The number might also be adjusted based on how many cards I actually have once it’s all sorted.

Write about card shows

I go to card shows a lot (I was actually at one yesterday). I like card shows, even tiny ones because there are so many unique items you can find.

But I seldom write about them.

That’s going to change in 2013. I intend to do more trip reports to give collectors a glimpse of East Coast card shows (So, expect one later today).

Chase non-sports autographs

I have a handful of non-sports autographs of actors that I enjoy from movies and television shows. I’ve already started to make a list of the cards I want, which is about 20 names long.

It includes actors from Eureka, Warehouse 13, Supernatural and Buffy (there is a theme here). I’m sure I’ll add a couple of more people along the way

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Paul
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I have already started on my resolutions for 2013. First was to get more organized and get stuff put away in binders which I have done. I have sorted thru my commons and gave a bunch away and will donate some to a school fundraiser auction. I will also do more TTM requests of anybody but baseball ( Very tough lately to get any baseball players anymore). I have done close to 30 requests in the last few days.

  2. James
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    I resolve to start a card blog where I profusely praise everything Topps does while finding ways to bash Panini in every post I make. I will also bombard my readers with unnecessary eBay affiliate links (even though they never buy anything after clicking on them). I also really like the color purple. Judge me as you’d like…

  3. shawn davis
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I am buying less new stuff this year and going back to mid 90s early 2000s to pick up cool old baseball stuff. Also start getting stuff graded.

  4. Mo
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t know you were a jeter fan! I happen to have a few myself. I’m definately going to finish getting rid of all my non jeter stuff (minus some really cool old vintage yankee stuff!) and finally try to finish the master rookie (graded) set and try to find a few of the very elusive early jeter mem cards that have managed to become ghosts in the last 10 years!! High hopes i know, but 2013 is a new year and i have lots of optimism. I’d love to see your collection. Always great to find another fan.

  5. afff
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to try and finish off 75% of my sets that I started to the present date, and only limit myself to just a couple of boxes from spacific sports.

  6. Dan
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I resolve to stop collecting. There are fewer and fewer things that I like about the “hobby” these days, and more and more things that I dislike, so why do I keep getting sucked into throwing so much of my money into this hole? It’s just not fun anymore.

  7. Posted January 3, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I resolve to investigate the idea of starting my own trading card company.

  8. Paul
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    I want to go to a card show at least four times. I have not been to one in over five (maybe more) years and have just gotten packs. I am a Roy Halladay collector and hardly ever get him in packs so I only have a couple of his 2012 issues. I want to triple that at least in 2013.

  9. Posted January 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I am going to focus this year on paring down my collection to make room for more new stuff! I’m going to get rid off almost all of my football, hockey, and basketball cards so I can buy more baseball. In fact I’ve finally started creating my own new site to accomplish this ( Hopefully I can expand it more and more each month…now if I can just find the time.

  10. John
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Great article! My resolution is to dissolve my Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr, and Albert Pujols collections so that I can focus on my Ozzie Smith collection. I have collected Ozzie regularly since 1985, but am just now closing in on my 1000th Ozzie Smith card for my collection. I hope in 2013 to get to 1500 or even 2000.

    Side note, anyone looking to trade Ozzie cards hit me up. : )

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