Monday, December 21, 2015

I finished a Vintage Set Older than Me!

Back in September, I posted about getting 3 of the final 6 cards I needed to finish up my 1970 Topps set.  Two of the 3 I needed were going to cost me a pretty penny so I put in some eBay searches with email notifications and tried to patiently get a good deal.  Luckily it didn't take too long and for the first time ever, the last card I needed wasn't a big hit (see 1973 Mike Schmidt RC, 1981 Joe Montana RC, 1975 George Brett) and was instead this high number of Sam McDowell:

The McDowell wasn't actually real easy to track down which was a little surprising to me.  There was a time there weren't any on eBay and I had to go to a random site I found through a Google search to secure this card.

This next card is one I already had a copy of, Willie Mays.
The other Mays of course resides in my Giants binders.  Back in 2010-11 when I decided to go full out on my Giants collection, I made the decision to get duplicate copies of cards if I collected the set in addition to the Giants.  While it makes my binders look nice and more complete, it is a little more costly.

The final card of the trio is the sweet looking Johnny Bench:
This is one of my favorite cards in the set.  I like the pinstriped and stirruped Reds uni, Bench's pose on what looks like a Spring Training field with a sweet grandstand in the background and the youthful photo of Johnny.  I have a couple reprints of this card that Topps has put out in recent years and am doubly happy to have an original.

Completing this set was one of my 2015 collecting priorities and I am glad to finish the set that came out the year before I was born.  Two sets to go to finish my run of 1970s Topps sets.


  1. Congrats. I've yet to complete a set older than me. Another disadvantage of being old, I guess.

    I'm two-plus sets away from completing the complete 1970s Topps run. Very close on '72. One of the other ones is 1970. I don't have many cards from that set, but one is the McDowell.

  2. well done. the 1970 set was the first set that i completed that pre-dated my collecting days (1978). i could still use an upgrade on a few of the cards, but it's complete. i'm 3 sets away from a complete run of the 70's, with quite a ways to go on 72 and 75, but fairly close on 71.

  3. I'm about 2/3 done with the 70 set. I've been picking up cards hear and there. Last set I need to complete the 70's decade. Congrats on the completion

  4. Congratulations on completing the set!

  5. sweet looking Mays and Bench! Congrats! not an easy or inexpensive feat!