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Set Builders - what is your preference when filling a set

I just started building a NFL HOF set that has no restrictions...so any card of a HOFer can be added to this set. I've been looking at the many sets in this category and there are some awesome sets with awesome cards. Most of the cards for the skilled positions I already had but graded by BGS/BVG and many with high grades so I probably won't replace them anytime soon.

I've noticed a couple different ways that collectors build a set such as this. Some seem to collect high graded cards lots of 10s but they are newer cards of older players. Others seem to try and get mostly RCs of the HOFers for this set. My personal preference is to try to get as many RCs as possible, especially for those I didn't already have or can easily upgrade to a higher graded card and also fill in cards that may not be a RC but is close to RC but a high grade.

Questions to other set builders, what strategy do you use within your budget? Let's say a player's RC is 1972, would you rather have a 1972 RC PSA 7 or a 1974 card of this player PSA 9? Or maybe one of those recent throwback cards of a long retired player that is PSA 10?

I realize it is different if you are collecting individual players or say a complete 1972 set. Just curious as to how others approach their set building, the good news is there is no right or wrong way.


  • LarkinCollectorLarkinCollector Posts: 7,748 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For a no restrictions set, the cheapest 10 I could get of each. I prefer chasing the RC sets personally and haven't bothered to register a HOF no restrictions, so I'd go with the lower grade rookie all the way.

  • JRR300JRR300 Posts: 830 ✭✭✭

    Depending upon my budget, I would prefer to have the highest rated of the older cards first and fill in the lesser or more recent cards later as they are typically more plentiful and easier to find. Patience is always the key as you can go for stretches without seeing anything you like or want and then 4 or 5 could pop in a very short time. If you see something you like and it's reasonable, I find a way to buy it right then.

  • picklepetepicklepete Posts: 42 ✭✭

    I actually would work on a autographed card of each HOF member.
    Either certified or PSA / BGS slabbed auth.
    But I'm a autograph guy.

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