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Before I was born, Topps was making baseball cards. In fact, they had 28 years of experience by the time I opened my eyes.
I'm not big on putting vintage sets together from before I was born. I can get more bang for my buck working towards the sampler collection and modern offerings. It doesn't mean I don't respect it, or want it. A recent trade brought me a new selection of sample cards. I have had plans for another sample collection of base brands for a while, but never really started. This trade renewed my interest in this project. I'm being secretive about the details because if I can get it started soon I want to surprise everyone!
Ted's cards started with 1975. I needed to fill in the gaps, and this past weekend, I did a pretty good job of that. Every card was $1 or less, so I didn't spend much putting this together. And sorting through a tub of vintage bargains is a lot of fun.
In year order, I present, 1953-1975 Topps.
Where do I stand on this project, now? I need the following years: 1951 red, 1951 blue, 1952, 1955, 1961. Yup, that's it. 60 years of Topps (61, really), done with real cards. Eventually, all these cards will come back again for a wrap-up post. Oh, and I still don't have a '51 Red for my normal sample collection.
But the vintage isn't over yet! What more is there? No, not Bowman. I had a thought of picking some up at the show, but let that go. Instead, something more oddballish.
You betcha! While I don't need these cards for any current set or collection, I have been pondering putting the set together eventually. So, I'll add those to the "deal with it later" stack that is quickly growing.
That's the end of the vintage. Knowing I need five more cards to finish the Topps set run means I'll have a goal when I go to the June show.
Tomorrow, I'll wrap up this series with the awesomely sick mojo hit collection I picked up!