I'd like to introduce you to my good friend, Dave! He's the original *Boonefanatic*! Dave has the greatest
collection of Boone cards and memorabilia in the Western U.S. (And quite possibly the entire U.S.!)
Right before I met Dave in January (2000), I had set a goal to collect 200 unique Bret cards by the beginning of the 2000 baseball season. At the time, my collection contained about 135 unique cards. Dave not only gave me some much needed guidance by sharing his checklist with me; but he also gave me 50 unique Bret cards that I was needing, in trade for a similar quantity of duplicate cards I'd accumulated. What a HUGE boost that was to my collection!! I went from 135 cards to 185 cards overnight!! Suddenly I was within 15 cards of reaching my goal of 200! And a few weeks later, I added the 200th Bret Boone card to my album... (Which also just happened to be another card from Dave...) With Dave's help, I was able to reach my first collecting goal much sooner than I would have been able to on my own - and well in advance of the deadline I had given myself! (Which was the beginning of the 2000 baseball season.) *Thanks, Dave!!*
Having met my first goal, I decided it was time to set a second one: To collect one of every card that was made for Bret during a single year. In other words, to obtain one of every Bret Boone card that was made by every single sports card manufacturer during the course of one calendar year. Let's use 1995 for an example. To meet the goal for 1995, I would have to locate and obtain every single card on the checklist that was dated as having been produced in 1995. Believe me, that isn't as easy as it might sound! Considering how relatively few cards are produced for players when they're first starting out in pro ball, I wasn't going to count Bret's 1988-1992 years individually. If you've looked at Bret's checklist that I've posted at this site, you'll see what I'm talking about. I decided that if I were to use those "early years" for this collecting goal, I'd have to obtain every card for the entire range of time from 1988-1992; then I could say that accomplishment met the criteria for my second collecting goal.
*Dave to the rescue, again!!* After acquiring a huge lot of Boone cards from one of his many sources, Dave reviewed my inventory and determined that he had 18 more cards which I needed for my collection. He listed them off for me, and I made notations beside the cards on my checklist. (So I wouldn't buy any of the same ones from another source, if I were to come across one of them for sale while I was waiting to receive the cards from Dave.) Now it was up to me to come up with something else to trade in exchange for these 18 cards.