While I was posting all those wonderful cards shipped my way by Jonathan, I was undergoing a separate project on the side.
You see, almost one entire column of the big box that Jonathan sent were Dodgers cards from the 1990s. And because I was not collecting for most of that decade and because there were so many sets issued then, it takes a long, long time to figure out what I need and what I don't from that decade.
Frankly, I'm a little sick of it. It's one of the reasons I'm pulling away from team collecting somewhat and focusing on set collecting. I can focus on two or three sets at a time. But a bunch of Dodgers from 120 different sets from the '90s? I don't even have the time to make want lists for that stuff anymore. Also, why should I be spending the most time on the period that I care about the least?
I'd like to be rid of '90s Dodgers sets for good. Most of them don't mean a lot to me. So I was happy to see that the cards from that box completed several team sets for me. I was able to say goodbye forever to several '90s sets:
The last two Dodger cards I needed from the 1995 Fleer Ultra set. GOODBYE FOREVER, 1995 ULTRA!
The last two Dodger cards I needed from the 1995 Pacific set. FAREWELL, 1995 PACIFIC!
The final two Dodger cards I needed from 1995 Leaf Limited. ADIEU, 1995 LEAF LIMITED!
The last remaining Dodger cards I needed from 1999 Bowman's Best. SO LONG, SCANS HORRIBLY 1999 BOWMAN'S BEST!
The last two Dodger cards I needed from 1995 SP Championship Series. ADIOS! 1995 SP CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES! SEE YOU WHEN I LOOK UP WHAT DIECUTS I NEED .... MAYBE!
The final Dodger card needed from 1996 Pinnacle Summit. It's card No. 1. SAYANORRA, 1996 PINNACLE SUMMIT!
The last Dodger gasp for 1999 Upper Deck Retro. A FOND FAREWELL, 1998 UPPER DECK RETRO!
The fantastic Dodger finale for 1997 SP. A SHINY, SHINY SEE YA, 1997 SP!
So it feels really good to finish off all of those 1990s team sets and never return to them again. I'm sure there are some parallels or inserts or what-not from those sets, but ask me if I care. I do not. I care about completing that 1978 Kellogg's set, that's what I care about.
Those weren't the only '90s Dodger cards that Jonathan sent that I needed. There were several others that got me closer to finishing off even more '90s team sets. I very well could have finished more, I just didn't have time to look into all of them. But here are some more sets that I can't wait to kiss off ... er, bid farewell.
1999 Stadium Club
1994 Leaf Limited (very close on this one).
1997 Pinnacle Prism
1998 Skybox E-X 2001
1998 Pinnacle Invincible
1995 Pinnacle Zenith
1998 Pacific Online (oh, man, I'm gonna have a party when I finish this one).
1998 Pacific Aurora
1998 Donruss Elite
1998 Leaf Rookies & Stars
1995 Select Certified
1994 Bowman's Best
1995 Pacific Prism (sorry about blinding you there for a moment).
And 1996 Collector's Choice
All of those were cards I needed and I can't wait to see those sets in my rearview mirror. Goodbye confusion! Goodbye foil!
There were just a few other Dodger needs in the box that didn't fit neatly into the '90s:
That '79 O-Pee-Chee Rhoden knocked my socks off amid all those '90s cards. This is where my heart flutters and where collecting is at for me, right now, in 2019.
Finishing off all those '90s Dodgers sets is nice -- you know, some of them are appealing enough because they're flat-out crazy -- but mostly completing them means I am finally closing that chapter and moving on.