This week I picked up the full 385 card set of 2004 Topps of a seller on eBay. It was one of 5 sets I needed to complete a run from 1978 to 2015. The last 4 sets I need to fill this run are all from the 90s - 92, 93, 94 and 99. All but the 94 set are currently at my LCS and I could pick them up (once it opens up again) for just over $100 combined. It looks like the 94 set may be a challenge, there are only a couple on eBay and they push close to $100 shipped which will probably prevent me from pulling the trigger for a while. Apparently the 94 set wasn't produced in factory form so it is more rare.
Here is a quick look of the full set in the box it arrived in:
This is a pretty solid set with a nice, crisp white design. The team name is boldly across the top of the card in silver foil while the players name is in much smaller text at the bottom. The bottom right corner of the cards has a little illustration that changes based on the position of the player. As I went through the set, I found 5 variations. WR and TEs share the same pic. DE, LB and OL all have the same hands on knee pic. Interestingly the Terrence Newman card is the only DB card in the entire set other than rookies, back in 2004 DBs were getting no love.
In addition to the base cards, there are quite a few Transactions cards scattered throughout the set and show the player, their old team and new team. I think I would have preferred these to be consecutive in the set. There is a consecutive subset from cards 291-310 with each card highlighting a star from a certain week of the NFL season titled 2003 Weekly Wrap-Up.
I am happy to have added another Topps set to my football collection. In addition to filling in the gaps on this run, I am also working on the 71, 72 and 77 sets. I may go for a full run since my birth year (71) however if you think the 72 Topps baseball high numbers are tough, you should check out the high numbers for 72 Topps football.