For those of you who don't know, A flip quest is a fun way to start out with something small and end up with something big. The first year I did this (2013), I started out with a 1989 Fleer factory sealed set that I got for free from a friend's dad and ended up with a 1999 Topps Traded Josh Hamilton autograph.
Last year, I started off with a custom 89 UD style Puig and ended up with a million card inventory when all was said and done. In the end, the ultimate goal was a Canseco signing, which is what I was able to do! All the million cards have been gone for a good half year now.
Last year was a bit inflated, because I allowed myself to make more than one custom, so this year it won't be as high flying, as I will be sticking to a single item - a $25 McGwire I got for "Free" - and go from there.
What is the end game this time? To find something really cool for my Canseco PC. I'm probably going to go hard for one (or a few) of my white whales. Here is a list of what I would like (though in the ocean of collecting, I'm sure there are plenty more white whales out there that I don't even know about!) I may be picking up things along the way as well. Here are some of the more sought after cards I'd like though:
1989 Donruss & Leaf Blue Chips
1990 Donruss Aqueous
1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold
1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold
1998 Donruss Crusade Red
As always, I start at the beginning of the season and end whenever the A's are done - regular season or post season. As of yesterday, I have already been able to knock off the 1990 Donruss Aqueous off the list ... woot! To read more about the flip quest, check out pretty much any online collecting forum - I'm on most of them - under the name "mouschi" or "mouschi3" for beckett.