Thursday, September 30, 2021

51's Slowing, but not Stopping

Shortly after posting my previous post about slowing down, I ordered 12 more 51B's to add to my collection.  Now standing at 252 cards, which would have been enough to complete the 50B or 52B sets, I continue marching towards 80% of the set.  In fact, I only need 8 more cards to reach 80%.  As primarily a Topps collector, I couldn't imagine collecting early-50's cards without including the Bowman sets.    




Friday, September 24, 2021

51B's Slowing Down

After a rush of new 51B's this summer, I've finally started slowing down my acquisitions for this set.  I'm now at 240 of the 324 total cards for an overall completion of 74%.  I'll probably end up somewhere between 75%-80% by the end of 2021, which is completely amazing for me.  I remember when I completed the 50B set thinking that I probably wouldn't be moving on the the 51B set anytime soon.  That was less than 10 years ago.  The 51B set is very similar to the 50B set, except for that it doesn't stop at 252 cards like 50B.  I'd be only 12 cards shy of set completion if that was the case.  51B's are bigger, and include the players name on the front, so they're like a more improved version of the 50B set.  In the 50B set, the low numbers are short-printed cards, which is unlike most other Topps/Bowman vintage sets.  I'm not aware of any other vintage Topps/Bowman set with a low-number shortage.  The only other one might be the 1953 Bowman set if the B&W's came out first, but I'm not sure about that.     


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Respect the Set: 63T

I just acquired one of the set's Top 4 cards after Pete Rose $1500 and Mickey Mantle $600, Roberto Clemente $500 and Willie Stargell $500 round out this set's key cards.  With the recent acquisition of Willie Stargell's RC, I now have all but Pete Rose RC, which I don't plan to ever get.  Up until just recently, Stargell's RC was listed at $120, but jumped to $500 along with other big names recently.  I'm not one to jump onto price jumps (fads), but Stargell #553 has been selling as though it were worth $500 for the past decade--now it's official.  Since it was already overpriced, the card sales haven't really jumped in price much yet.  I got this one for $94.27 after all shipping and taxes.  To round out my set, I also purchased another overpriced high-number Rookie Stars #549.  This brings my total set count to 556 of 576 (missing 20 cards).  I fully expect to be able to acquire 19 of the 20 (except P. Rose).  The biggest missing name is now Curt Flood $40.  My overall 60's decade count is now 64 cards short of completion from 4 different sets.    





Sunday, September 12, 2021

Hall of Fame Momentos

 I made through another hall of fame induction ceremony.  This certainly wasn't the best one I ever attended or watched, but I was glad to be a part of it.  I put together sets of the past 2 ceremonies for sale online.  






Sunday, September 5, 2021

Some of My New 51B's

Bunches of new 51B's inserted into my set binder.  Plenty more to come.