Last year I finished off my 1970 Topps set leaving me just the 1971 and 1972 Topps sets to pursue to finish off the run from 1970 to present. I set goals at the beginning of the year to add at least 100 cards of each set to my collection by the end of 2016 including finishing off some early series (in the case of 1971 - Series 1-2, in the case of 1972 - Series 1-4). I recently got some help from my friend Jim, aka mrhaverkamp. Unfortunately we weren't able to connect on his trip to Southern California over the holidays and unfortunately his Wisconsin Badgers beat my USC Trojans in the Holiday Bowl. Fortunately Jim shot me some help to one of the set collecting goals, a nice stack of needed 1971 Topps cards.
Here are the last of the 29 cards Jim sent my way. I am not sure if it is because they are relatively uncommon or if it is the actual pictures but the action shots like all 3 across the top in this 1971 Topps set are some of my favorite in my entire collection.
I also got a note with a bit of advice:
The 1972 set doesn't look quite as good. I have 542/787 (68.9%) of the cards and need a bunch of stars. Additionally I only have 1 card from all of Series 6 which is a 130 card series with the cards all booking for $12 or more and not any deals to be had in sight.
I think Jim's advice is wise. I may still go after the 37 cards I need for the first 4 series (this includes some big cards in Clemente, Bench and Fisk RC) but wait and hope I can locate some kind of source for those last 2 series after putting my 1971 set to rest. It seems like 1969 Topps might even be easier than the 1972 beast.
As always Jim, thanks for the great cards and the set help. I also appreciate the advice.