Saturday, December 30, 2017

Preparing my 1965 Topps Set for Completion

     With only 82 of 598 cards left to go before completing the 1965 Topps set, I decided to organize it into "set formation".  This means that I go from starting each new team from the beginning of a new page, to starting each new team from where the last one left off.  The 1965 Topps set fills nearly 67 binder pages.  When I first started collecting this set, I divided 67 pages into two 1" binders and started off each team with a fresh page.  After doing this for a few sets, I learned that the pages start to run out when I get below 100 missing cards for a 600-card set.  That's when I start figuring out how many cards I'm missing from each team so that I can leave that number of spaces at the end of each team set.  When completed, my set should end in the 4th slot of the 67th page.       

     Here's the tally sheet I used to make the calculations.  My numbers didn't match the first time around so I went through the cycle again and discovered a simple error.  My checklists said I was missing 81 cards, but I also have 16 cards that are still on the way, so I wanted to make sure to account for those spaces as well.  After reorganizing my set to leave only the number of missing spaces that I have identified below, I discovered that my checklist didn't match up with the reality of how many cards I actually have (or have coming).  Somewhere along the way, I marked off a card that I never really obtained.  This would have been a much simpler task if I collected sets in numerical order.  Instead, I had to go through my checklist and verify each card physically by flipping back and forth through 67 different pages.  I finally discovered the missing card as #409, so my set was actually missing 82 cards (not 81).   

     The next 9 scans show the missing spaces intentionally left at the end of each team set beginning from the '65 WS championship Dodgers team to the contending Twins team, and then sequentially according to each team's regular season winning percentage.  Players are organized from oldest to youngest.  Pages without missing cards are not shown.  What I like about this "set formation" strategy is that I can start counting off each team set as it's completed.  All of my sets after 1965 are organized this way including some of my older sets that are also approaching completion.  So far, none of my team sets for the '65T set have been completed.   

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