I don't even have a separate binder for any of the top Dodgers that I collect. And I don't know if that will ever be a goal of mine.
Another thing contributes to my relatively low player collection totals: there is only one current player that I actively collect. And everyone knows there are countless varieties of cards you can purchase of current players.
But I choose to stick with one: Clayton Kershaw (although I won't turn down your Kemps, Ethiers, Billingsleys, Martins, etc.). The '09 Topps Tribute Kershaw card featured here, sent to me in another great assortment of cards from Max, is just my 58th Kershaw card. Pujols and Jeter collectors snort at that total.
But because I don't care to go broke chasing Kershaw cards, and because I'd rather collect the team than the player, I'm happy with that total. And I'll continue on my merry way.
As for retired players, that's where my heart lies. Four of my top five favorite Dodgers - Cey, Koufax, Hershiser and Nomo -- are retired. And recently, I hit a milestone when I obtained my 200th different Hideo Nomo card.
Again, that's not a lot, especially when it comes to Nomo, who has an insane number of cards and generates an even more insane number of collectors. But I'm comfortable to go at my own pace. To me, 200 is a big deal. And 215 -- the total I'm at currently -- is an even bigger deal (I only count my Dodger Nomos in that total, although I do have Nomo cards of his Mets/Brewers/Red Sox/DRays days).
In that same lot from Max that brought me the Kershaw card were 35 Nomo cards. I needed 22 of them. And one of them -- I don't know which -- gave me my 200th Nomo card.
So, let's see them all, shall we? (Damn, I love having more image uploading memory):
1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: I think Nomo must hold the record for the most times having his pitching motion mentioned on the back of his cards. Luis Tiant would have given him a challenge had he played in the era of having 53 cards per year.
1998 Stadium Club: Topps likes to show you the number on the back of a player's jersey. It still gets a kick out of that.
A great big thanks to Max for giving my Nomo collection a boost. It's all that a part-time player collector can ask.