I've been a collector my entire life. It started before I can even remember, because my mother would tell stories of me coming home with rocks in my pockets. As a child, at one point or another, I had shells, Micro Machines, Hot Wheels, books (still do), legos, coins, and stamps. At some point I convinced my mom to buy some boxes of Bazooka bubble gum for chewing, and I collected the comic strips. They weren't baseball oriented, but like baseball cards I believe they were numbered, and I tried putting sets together. I don't recall if I was successful.
Maybe those comics are the reason why I enjoy comic and art cards so much today. I wasn't interested in comics as a kid, so I can't tie it into that. Regardless, I always enjoy comic and cartoon art now, so it makes sense that this set would be in my collection.
The 1979 Topps Comics set is the oldest set in my TCIC collection by a decade. The complete set is 33 cards, although each card is printed on the thinner paper used to make Bazooka comics. Though this was a "test" issue, it isn't too difficult to find.
My set is nearly complete - I'm missing comics 4 (Nolan Ryan), 28 (Pete Rose), and 29 (Dave Parker). It never really caught on with collectors, most likely due to its flimsy waxy nature, comic images instead of photos, and it's size (3" x 3-1/4").
The art is similar to the Laughlin issues, another series of sets I enjoy (but don't collect yet). Unlike the drab, uninspired offerings of basic Topps sets of the time, this set pops with its vibrant colors and action art images.
My entire collection is shown in this post, not necessarily in card number order.