July 13, 2014

This Is My Greatest Collecting Accomplishment: My 1971 Topps Set Is Complete!

Back on September 14, 2008 I posted by first blog entry about my quest to collect the 1971 Topps set. Shortly thereafter I posted my first needs list and started the long journey through trades, cards shows, eBay, comc.com, in completing my favorite vintage set.

So that's over five years of patiently working a needs list. It's 5 years, 9 months, 29 days to be exact. 2128 days. In those days I completed trades for 1971 Topps cards with Mike D., Night Owl, Treasure Never Buried, Dayf, Stats on the Back, Thoughts and Sox, and probably many others that have slipped through my searches. Thank you so much for helping me complete this quest!

By March of 2009 I was able to complete my first page. By July 2009, I had over half of the set. I was making great progress very quickly but as any set collector knows as you narrow that needs list to your last 200, 100, and then a dozen it gets harder and harder. I took a great leap forward with my final high number, short printed cards at the 2013 National. Since then I've been patiently searching eBay to find cheap copies of my last cards and earlier in the week I finally pulled the trigger on my last card.

That last card turned out to be one of the most valuable high-number, short-printed cards #709. It was also the rookie card of not one, not two, but three future All-Stars Don Baylor, Dusty Baker, and Tom Paciorek.

1971 Topps #709 Rookie Stars Outfielders

As with most of my 1971 Topps collection I haven't given too much consideration to condition of the cards. I might start trying to upgrades the rougher cards in my collection but I think I will move onto another vintage set. Please leave me some comments and suggestions on which set I should move onto next. I'm looking at sets between 1960 and 1979. 
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