One part of our great hobby that I really paid no attention to before starting the blog was set building. When I was actively opening boxes in the mid 2000's I would pull out the Pirates and the "hits" then box the rest of the cards up. Since starting the blog along with hosting a monthly box busting party at my house I started fooling around putting sets together.
With all that being said I had my first set completion this past week. 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen was a tough set to build, but with the help of the blogging community and my friends Keith and Micah from the box busting parties I was able to do it. The hardest part was obtaining all the sp's but thankfully Keith and Micah were open to trading. With their help I was able to complete close to 90% of the set (we each opened 3 boxes over the last handful of months). Keith is trying to complete the Triple Threads Amethyst set so I was able to send some his way and Micah is a Pirates guy like myself so it was easy to get his SP's. The rest of the set was completed through some blogging trades and a small Sportlots pickup.
While my focus is always on collecting the Pirates and WVU Mountaineers this was a nice change of pace. I will probably continue to try and complete sets as long as our once a month opening continues. Plus this opens a few more trading possibilities. Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be able to showcase some more finished sets as I'm nearing completion on two more!
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