First, before I give you this post: has anyone read the official rules on the Topps Diamond Giveaway site? The table on Rule 3C states that with 30 different rings, you receive the complete Topps set, unlike the Dig site, which shows 45. Any thoughts?
Yesterday, I posted some recent pickups from the prior week. A few more cards were sitting here, waiting to be scanned, and have now been digitized for your reading enjoyment.
First, the joy of a completed master set.
Due to the set's age and era, it's been very difficult finding these cards. They're not old enough to be popular vintage and most of them are most likely sitting at the back of a closet. I bought a box in 1993 when it first came out but I was never able to finish it then. Over the past year or so I've been pushing hard to locate the missing cards, but this Wood/Speaker card has been elusive until this past week, when I saw it posted on Sportlots. I finally have the preview, base, and insert sets completed. (The only piece I'm missing is an uncut UDA sheet of the preview cards.)
Also focusing on set building is a large stack from the 2008 Stadium Club set. I picked up a lot off eBay containing a bunch of base cards and retail first days, and this blue Photographer's Proof parallel. The Proof goes into the samplers, while about a quarter of the first days and base cards went towards my set. Many of the first days covered my needs for the short-printed divisible-by-three cards. My list of needs for this set is located here. I mostly need divisible-by-three cards and rookie variations (photos on the back aren't cropped from photos on the front), plus all the autographs if I bother with that part of the set. First Day Issues are fine!
trade bait page for the list!
Last and certainly not least, the first two cards towards my Gypsy Queens insert set. I acquired these in a nice simple trade with the Sewingmachineguy! I sent him two inserts, he sent me two inserts. Thanks, SMG!