Saturday, June 23, 2018

No longer just technically complete with '60T

The final card needed to complete my 1960 Topps set arrived today, and so my third competed set from the '60s era has been achieved.  I didn't start out intending to complete 1960 before 1961-1967, but it just sort of happened that way.  I collect where the value is in my lifetime quest to own every Topps baseball card set.  That childhood dream was pondered upon in 1987 before inserts, parallels, variations, and so many other cards to collect every year.  These days, I'm actually trying to shrink my collection, but a core group of 1951-1991 Topps sets still has a solid place in my collection.  I previously completed the 1950 Bowman set, so finishing of 1960 Topps today surely presents an interesting coincidence.  I never imagined actually being so close to finishing off the 1960's decade, but 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1967 aren't too far behind in completion status.  Only my 1963 set is lagging behind with just under half of the set being complete.  So here's to Don Drysdale for being the last card to enter my now completed 1960 Topps set.   

2013 Topps complete base set #1-661

Here's the 5th of my modern Topps base sets sets being listed for sale online.  2013 was my first year back into modern card collecting.  In 2007, I had become fed up with modern cards, sold off my 21 century collection, and focused on vintage for 6 years.  The 2013 set consists of 660 cards like they did in the '70s.  There was still no card #7.

Friday, June 22, 2018

1914-1915 Cracker Jack (E145) complete set #1-176

This is actually a 1915 Cracker Jack reprint set.  The 1914 (E144) set had 5 cards with different players, but the rest of the 176 cards are pretty much the same.  Growing up in the '80s, the Cracker Jack set was just another one of those legendary baseball cards sets that everyone heard of.  Between the years from the release of the 1909 White Border T206 set all the way to the release of the 1933 Goudey set, this was the only other big name set I even knew about as a collector in the 1980's.  This set includes numerous stars and other big names like Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, Smokey Joe Wood, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Hugh Jennings, Ty Cobb, Charles Comiskey, Ed Walsh, Ed Cicotte, Ed Collins, Joe Tinker, Ed Plank, Mordecai Brown, Ed Konetchy, Clark Griffith, Clyde Milan, Walter Johnson, Rabbit Maranville, Roger Bresnahan, Honus Wagner, Miller Huggins, John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, Fred Merkle, Branch Rickey, Joe Jackson, Chief Bender, Nap Lajoie, etc.  Also included in my set is a "card that never was" of Babe Ruth as a rookie with the Red Sox.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Finishing off my 1960 Topps set

Yesterday, I technically completed my 1960 Topps set.  For probably over a year now, I was sitting at 570 out of 572 cards.  About a month ago, I added the Yastrzemski RC to my '60T collection.  It wasn't until yesterday that I was finally able to acquire card #570, which is Don Drysdale's All-Star card.  Actually, I only won the card online and paid for it.  There's a blank spot on the last photo below showing where the missing card will go once it arrives in the mail.  I took a few photos of my personal collection of 1960 Topps, which I've shared on this post.  This is my 3rd completed set from the 1960's, after 1968-1969.  I'm only one card away from completing the 1962 set (Bob Uecker RC), and just several cards away from completing the 1966-1967 sets, which I don't expect to complete anytime soon because of the extremely high cost of high-numbers for those two years.  At less than 40 missing cards, I'll probably be talking about completing the 1965 Topps set next.  

1934 1935 1936 National Chicle Diamond Stars reprint set #1-108

The National Chicle Co. Diamond Stars baseball card set was released over a 3 year period between 1934-1936.  It consisted of 108 total cards, not including variations.  Some of the major stars include: Frankie Frisch, Pepper Martin, Ducky Medwick, Mickey Cochrane, Charlie Gehringer, Schoolboy Rowe, Hank Greenberg, Tony Lazzeri, Red Ruffing, Bill Dickey, Frank Crosetti, Bill Terry, Carl Hubbell, Mel Ott, Rabbit Maranville, Al Lopez, Lefty Grove, Pie Traynor, Paul Waner, Lloyd Waner, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Bucky Harris, Jimmy Dykes, Al Simmons, Luke Appling, etc.