Updated: Jul 2
My Short Hobby Blog/Vlog Story of the Month is about my acquisition of the last card to complete my 1986-87 Fleer Premier Set - Card Number 68.
Collecting sets is a journey, and when a collector commits to completing a specific set of cards, the first thing a collector must learn is all sets are not created equally. Yes—the rules of engagement and the journey to completing a set will never be identical. Some sets take years to complete; some sets will require you to hunt in obscure places or search bins hidden in plain sight. Lastly, some sets will test your patience and sometimes break your heart. However, even though the rules of engagement may change and each journey will not be the same, there at two constant outcomes that every collector experiences when they complete a set.
The first outcome is the nostalgia we enjoy when we finish a set. This outcome is relatable among all collectors, and even though we might express or share our moments of nostalgia in different ways, the feeling(s) remain the same. The second outcome is the last card thrill. The last card thrill for each completed set can be unexpected, a moment of chance, and sometimes a moment of beautiful irony. Every collector knows when chance and beautiful irony meet, the outcome is a memorable moment that will last forever.
My memorable moment with the last card thrill came on September 24th, 2022, at the Philly Card Show. Coming into the Philly Card Show that weekend, I needed card numbers 53 and 68 to complete my 1986-87 Fleer Premier Set. After walking the showroom floor, I made a deal for card number 53, but negotiations for card number 68 fell flat. Being one card away from completing the most iconic set ever produced, I was not discouraged because I was determined to end my chase that evening. As I returned to the front of the showroom floor for another lap, I crossed paths with John Conigliaro of Great Moments Inc., and the rest was history because chance and beautiful irony made a great moment!
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