Wednesday, April 29, 2020
I did it!!!!
After seven years of toil, I have finally completed my 1987 Calbee set! The last four cards, all of them from the short printed series (#75-100) arrived in the mail after I won them in an auction over the weekend.
2017 I was 31 short of completing it. In 2018 I was down to just 18. And by 2019 I was down to just missing these last four. And in 2020, I finally laid it to rest.
The cards are in a binder with 12 pocket pages that nicely display Calbee cards from the 1980s.
Completing a difficult set a good way of recording important events in your life. 2013-2020 I will remember as the "1987 Calbee years".
This is far and away the most difficult set I've ever built. There are probably only a handful of other people who have ever finished it - piecing together a 33 year old set of 382 cards that was distributed one by one in bags of potato chips is no easy task - and I might be the first non-Japanese person to have done it (though I don't know that for a fact).
Now that this is done, I've still got the 1975-76-77 Monster set which makes this one look easy in comparison, and the more modest 1986 Calbee set, along with my various menko interests, to keep me busy!
For tonight though I enjoy a beer to celebrate the completion of my 7 year quest!