I used the Beckett value as a guide knowing it wasn't accurate from a price perspective but generally reliable on which of the cards in the set are most valuable. My want list included 30 cards with a book value of $100 or more and I decided I would shoot for 1 card per month for a total of 12 cards in 2019. Since I stopped blogging during the middle of the year, I never did an update post on my goals and thought I would rectify that today.
This has been the goal I have spent the most time and money going after this year and I am happy to report that I have exceeded my goal and have picked up 14 cards from my want list so far this year. I thought about breaking this up into multiple posts but who knows how long my blogging streak will continue so I will share them all today. I have been keeping track of where I got them and how much I paid so I will share that with you as well. Might give you an idea of what this set will cost if you decided to pursue it.
I have actually posted about two of the pickups:
1957 Topps Whitey Ford #25 - BV $160 purchased for $13.99 on eBay
1957 Topps Don Drysdale RC #18 - BV $500 purchased for $53.99 on Sportlots auction
The rest will go in the order I picked them up:
1957 Topps Dodgers Sluggers #400 - BV $240 purchased for $29.99 on COMC
1957 Topps Billy Martin #62 - BV $100 purchased for $20.25 on COMC
1957 Topps Warren Spahn #90 - BV $160 purchased for $15 on COMC
1957 Topps Larry Doby PSA 4 #85 - BV $100 purchased for $10 on Facebook
1957 Topps Richie Ashburn #70 - BV $160 purchased for 8.05 on COMC
1957 Topps Al Kaline #125 - BV $200 purchased for $25.65 on COMC
1957 Topps Eddie Mathews #250 - BV $120 purchased for $10.15 on COMC
1957 Topps Willie Mays PSA 3 #10 - BV $600 purchased for $70 at a local card show
1957 Topps Gil Hodges #80 - BV $100 purchased for $7 on Sportlots auction
1957 Topps Pee Wee Reese #30 - BV $160 purchased for $10.50 on Sportlots auction
1957 Topps Hank Aaron #20 - BV $600 purchased for $41.00 on Sportlots auction
1957 Topps Frank Robinson RC #35 - BV $600 purchased for $70 at CA LCS
Overall I am pretty happy with each of my purchases and very surprised that I have made such great progress so far this year. I still have biggies to get (Mantle, Yankee Power Hitters, Brooks RC, Clemente, Koufax and Ted Williams) but it has been nice to get a number of the higher dollar card off the want list.
I have picked up some commons but not a ton. As of right now I have 183 of 407 cards so my want list has shrunken from 334 to 224. I feel confident this one will eventually be complete which is very exciting. Perhaps my biggest question is which will be done first, 1957 Topps or 1972 Topps?