Well, that went a lot better than last year! After the mixed results of my case of 2011 Topps football, I took until a couple weeks ago to finish my last base set from that product. This year was a different story as I threw all my money at retail packs until I started pulling quintuplets and up, then proceeded with trades, and only trades, which is a diversion from my usual strategy of throwing money at people until they complete my sets.
By far the biggest help was Colbey and our recent largeish trade. I had a blast putting together a set with a fellow collector, and better yet, doing it the way a real collector should--by trading with someone.
He knocked out more than half of the remainder of my list, allowing me to make just a few deals on Blowout to finish up the base set and get close on a couple inserts. Here, then, is a quick look at the highlights of what arrived today: