With that in mind, I focused my end of the year card purchases on set completion. All of these cards came from Sportlots and represent a set need.
So let's see how I did this year. I now present to you the sets I completed in 2016. (Note: Not all of these sets were begun in 2016. These are just the sets which I acquired the final card in the past twelve months.)
2015 Topps Chrome (Final Card: #3 'Scooter Gennett)
2012 Panini Cooperstown (Final Card: #148 Ferguson Jenkins)
2014 Donruss (Final Card: #61 Billy Butler)
2008 Upper Deck X (Final Card: #27 Jim Thome)
2016 Topps Opening Day (#161 Stephen Piscotty)
2016 Topps Opening Day Heavy Hitters (Final Card: #HH13 Joey Votto)
2016 Topps Bunt (Final Card: #6 Evan Gattis)
Football:1994 Classic NFL Experience (Final Card: #55 Dan Marino)
1997 Pinnacle Zenith (Final Card: #150 Dan Marino Checklist)
2014 Topps (Final Card: #140 Philadelphia Eagles Team Card)
2015 Topps Platinum (Final Card: #10 Tony Romo)
2016 Donruss (Final Card: #49 Jay Cutler)
So by my count, that's 12 sets that I completed this year. However, there are a few more that should have been completed this year, but just didn't get done. I'll do a post on my "almosts" a little later. That's a disappointing post for me. But I know one thing: I won't be pursuing too many new sets in 2017. I learned this year that set building gets to be a little expensive for me, especially when I'm spending my limited budget chasing cards like Jay Cutler. Ugh. Or actively trading for players that I absolutely no connection to or even a liking for. Plus, I don't the storage space for a bunch of random cards. I learned that some smaller sets, like Opening Day and Bunt, could provide me a both a box break and a complete set for a price tag under $30. I'll probably continue that method when I can. Other than that, I may just find some smaller insert sets that I like to build. I don't know. But I don't think I have the money or storage to continue building a ton of sets. I'll continue working on knocking out the ones I'm currently working on, but I won't too many more.