Category: “Set Collection”

Set Collection: 2002 and 2004 Topps Heritage

At some point, I need to get off my lazy ass and organize my 2001, 2003 and 2005 Heritage cards to see what I have and what I need. This year, I did pull out my 2002 and 2004 cards and with a little help from COMC, I found the last three cards I needed to complete both sets. 

Let it be said that the Topps 1953 card design is infinitely superior to the 1952 card design. I get the iconic nature of 1952. These cards are better looking. No question.

Set Collection: 1977 Topps

Yesterday, I shared my recent 1973 Topps acquisitions as I try to build that set. I’m also working on the 1977 Topps set and picked up a few of the cards I needed from COMC. Still got a bit to go, but I’m getting close!


Set Collection: 1973 Topps (Mike Schmidt!!!!)

Completing my 1971 and 1972 Topps sets was an expected surprise. I’ve decided to be a bit more proactive with my 1973 set. I still lack a ton of cards, including almost every card in the final series, which, as far as high number series go, not that bad. After a recent COMC purchase and a monumental eBay purchase, I’m making progress and I am 7 cards closer. I still have a ways to go.

Before my family relocated to Georgia from Memphis, TN, I had two favorite teams. One was the Montreal Expos (who’s AA franchise was located in Memphis in the 70s) and the other was the Philadelphia Phillies. I can remember all of the World Series fairly well from around 1975 on, but 1980 was the first time I ever felt truly invested in the outcome. Schmidt is one of the defining players of my childhood and is the best player to ever play his position. There was a time when I never though I would own this card, but it’s an honor to have it in my collection. (And honestly, how many cards released in the last five years can you say that about?)
I have a great deal of respect for the talent of Yaz, but like a number of other great players, George Brett comes to mind, I simply never cared for him. Ever, ever, ever.

The “Secretary of Defense” was a mainstay of those great 1970s Phillies teams that just kept coming up short of a World Series. He was still roaming the outfield at Veterans Stadium when the Phillies finally captured a championship in 1980. Looking back at his numbers, he was, for a period of about five years, a damn great player.

It is strange for me to talk about the Phillies teams of this era, because I hate, hate, hate the Phillies of the 90s onward. 

I used to travel a lot for work and here is a list of the famous people I’ve seen on airplanes: Bob Newhart, Stevie Wonder, Little Richard, and Rod Carew.


Set Collection: 1971 Topps, Series 4

I’m now three cards away from completing series 4 of 1971 Topps. It will be first series complete in the set. This is one of the more expensive cards and I found a decent deal on this. Sure, it isn’t in pristine condition, but it’s actually in better condition than most of my cards in the set!

Set Collection: 1975 Topps

Here’s the final set I managed to complete in 2011. I love this set and it was not cheap to finish off. The one thing I had going for me is that I already had the Robin Yount and George Brett rookies. Most of these cards were picked up from the card show in Norcross and Check Out My Cards. I think I picked a few of these up off of eBay as well.

And here are the final three that I’ve picked up over the past two weeks on eBay. (Apologies for the poor scans.)

Set Collection: 1971 Topps

I’ve also added a few 1971 Topps High Numbers to my collection recently. (Of course, they weren’t short prints!) I’ve a long way to go to finish this set.

Set Collection: 1976 Topps Traded

My 1976 set was completed some time ago, but I only had four of the Traded cards. My mother got me the set for Christmas, making this the 5th set I’ve completed in the past two weeks. This set features Topps airbrushing at its absolute worst.

Set Collection: 1977 Topps (109 to Go!!!!)

Through Check Out My Cards, and Through eBay, I picked up 40 cards I needed for my 1977 set which leaves me 109 cards short of completing the set. I’ll get that done early in 2012. Here are the cards I picked up. These are nothing special, but each puts me closer to the goal!

Set Collection: 1978 Topps

Last month, there was a card show over in Norcross, GA. I headed over with the intention of buying a few newer wax boxes and picking up a vintage Stan Musial. I also brought along my wishlist for 1975 and 1978 Topps. I was going through the new boxes on one of the tables, and it occurred to me that almost every new box I break leaves me disappointed. Instead, I set down at one of the tables with binders from seemingly every year and just started pulling cards from my wishlists. I walked out of there only 3 cards short of the 1978 set. Here are the cards I picked up at the show.

A few weeks later, I grabbed two of the remaining cards on eBay.

Now, thanks to Check Out My Cards, I have the last card I needed to complete this set.

I think I’m much happier with these cards (and the 1975s to come) than I would have been with yet another box of Finest or Chrome, as much as I like those products.