Monday, May 31, 2021

Reaching a 1953 Bowman milestone

These 4 acquisitions recently brought my 53B collection up to 200 out of 224 cards for a completion rate of 89%.  The breakdown is now 4 missing Color series and 20 missing B&W series.  I started collecting this set before the recent "boom" started beginning in 2016 when color commons were still only $4.  Vintage card prices have become nearly unaffordable these days, but I was still able to these at a somewhat decent rate.  
 

 











Friday, May 21, 2021

1963 is gaining on 1961

 Today's acquisition of 1963 Topps #467 Phil Ortega now brings me to within 39 cards of completing the 1963 Topps set.  Now, I don't really expect to ever complete this set because I refuse to collect slabbed cards and Pete Rose RC is probably most counterfeited card in the 1960's.  More interestingly, I achieved a new milestone in my 1960's collection today--catching up to my 1961 Topps set.  I've been stuck at -39 cards for my 1961 Topps set for quite some time now and it seems that my 63T set will soon surpass my 61T set.  Percentage-wise, at 39 missing cards for both sets, the 63T set is actually further along since the set has less cards (i.e 537/576 vs. 558/587).  In another sense, I have more 61T's than I do 63T's.  Before we entered into this era of hyper-inflation beginning around 2016, I never thought that my 63T set would ever catch up with 61T.