I've somewhat limited the Patriots collection to pre-1990 cards, that way I can avoid the unending amounts of inserts and parallels that dominate the later years. And I don't go gang-busters trying to accumulate them either. It's more of a hit-and-miss or on a whim effort. I really dislike going to the card shop and not coming away with something. That's partly why I gave in and went through the football boxes to pull Patriots.
These were my first cards for the 1985 and 1986 team sets, and I was able to get about half a team set each. Someday I'll get around to posting a checklist.