One of my goals during 2013 will be to try and complete this 1973 set through card number 528. The final series consisting of cards 529-660 are more difficult to obtain and more pricing and while I will be looking to add those to my set, my focal point during 2013 will be on the cards through 528. This set is comprised as 4 series and for comparison sake, series 3 commons book for $1.25 and series 4 book for $3. Also the high series has the Mike Schmidt rookie which will be the priciest card for the set. 2013 will hopefully see me go for the quantity and in 2014 I will focus on the quality high numbers.
Here are my recent pick ups in the quest to complete this set. I believe all of them came from Sportlots.
article about the bat used for Clemente's 3000th and final hit that was very interesting. If you haven't read it I would recommend you check it out. This is one of the most expensive cards in the set and I picked it up for $17.95. If I was patient, I probably could have done better but I got into somewhat of a bidding war. Plus I was able to combine shipping with 3 additional cards and the majority of the shipping was allotted to this card so it is somewhat artificially high.
These recent purchases focused on a lot of the higher end cards in the set. There are 22 cards in the set that book for over $10. I obviously won't be basing my purchases on book value but it is a good way to gauge my progress and understand which cards will set me back the most. The Yaz, Aaron, Mays and Clemente all fall into this category which leaves with only 10 to secure (Fisk, Seaver, Bench, Reggie, Bob Boone RC, Ruth All-Time RBI, High Number Checklist, Dwight Evans RC, SO Leaders - Carlton/Ryan and the Schmidt Rookie. Among the higher valued cards, I have already picked up the Gossage RC, the HR Leaders featuring Mays/Aaron/Ruth, Pete Rose and Nolan Ryan.
Here are some stats to start tracking my progress:
Total Cards added in this post - 8
Total Cards from 1-528 added in this post - 5
Cards added with BV $10 or higher in this post - 4
Progress on cards with BV $10 or higher - 12/22
Updated status towards 2013 goal - 466/528
Updated status towards complete set - 505/660
you have any of my wants for trade let me know. I will keep my
progress updated on the blog as well and my want list up to date.