Back in the ol’ days, it was much easier to complete a set.
Today, there are so many subsets and refractor parallels and inserts, it’s almost impossible to complete a set on your own unless you have a lot of disposable income.
But back when I began collecting, the checklist that was issued was the only card you needed to keep track of the ones you had and the ones you still needed.
The satisfaction of completing a set was a great feeling. It took patience, and sure, money, but it wasn’t impossible.
My first set I finished was the 1992 Fleer baseball set. Looking at it now, the cards themselves weren’t the greatest looking cards. In fact, it was pretty plain.
But the nostalgia I still get when I see the entire set is worth every penny I spent including the common cards I had to dig through a big binder at the local bricks-and-mortar card store, which of course is non-existent today.
Maybe completing a set these days is sort of a lost art. But I’d recommend trying it to any new collector. Although one tip is to not try to collect the entire set but start with your favourite team or a subset that’s interesting to you.
It’s always good to start with achievable goals.