Sunday, December 24, 2017

Completing the 1968 Topps Baseball Card Set

     Today, I completed the final piece to my 1968 Topps baseball card set of 598 base cards and 33 insert cards.  For more than a year, I searched for a low-grade Nolan Ryan RC at a fair price that was unquestionably authentic in my opinion.  When I first started really looking for a Ryan rookie, the lowest I could find it for was over $75.  With a BV of $500, my goal of obtaining high-valued vintage stars for 10-15% BV was barely being met.  Over the past couple of years, I watched as the price floor raised to $100, $125, and then $150 before dropping off just a little bit lately.  I also watched as the influx of counterfeit Nolan Ryan rookies became mainstream.  When I finally saw a new listing show up for $82.99, I had to get the card and complete my set once and for all.     


     Also included with my 1968 Topps set are 2 "Cards that Never Were" from the 2006 Topps Rookie of the Week insert set.  The Nolan Ryan variant rookie card is shown next to the original.  My focus will now shift to my 1967 Topps set, which is only missing 22 cards. 


1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on completion of your set. I have card #177 from when I collected this set in '68 and your copy is better than mine. My one has a hard crease right down the center as in '68 I wanted to highlight the star on the card...you know, Jerry Koosman!

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