I shouldn't focus my efforts on older sets, with so many recent sets still a part of my want lists. However, opportunities arise during the course of everyday collecting that causes me to start building another set. In the case of these 1974 Topps cards, I picked up a lot of singles at a card show a couple months ago. Well, it's only 44 cards, so I did the truly lazy thing and went straight to Sportlots to grab the rest. The last few cards - the key cards in the set - arrived last week. I was surprised to find them for a bargain from a single seller, and in fact I paid less per card for these keys than I did for a few of the commons/semistars.Night Owl that the 1981 Traded set is the first real traded set release.)
Thanks to Matthew, I've started the 1973 Topps set - a real vintage set to build. I'm about 12% complete, mostly from Matthew, but also from a few cards I picked up at card shows. I should have been hoarding cheap vintage for years, but it wasn't until the past few months that I started grabbing what I can. I've got a decent handful of singles from other years which I have now cataloged, but I think 1973 will be my first focus.
But set building isn't all I do. It's a tiny part of what I do - I focus mostly on the type collection. So here are a couple tinted hits from the quickly-forgotten Heritage Minor Leagues issue.
Plus, I have my Geoff Geary collection (story here, list here).
Now, back to the type collection, with this gold parallel from last year's Bowman Sterling.
But I wouldn't have bought the Josh Bell if it wasn't for this card:
For those of you who survived through this post, I leave you with 15 seconds of hilarity. Seriously, I laughed for at least two minutes after watching this video: