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Old 10-02-2016, 06:32 AM
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I am under 10 cards left to complete my 1952 Topps set. All high #'s.....5 commons, some stars...but I have the Mantle. In addition, I have 6 or 7 gray backs and a number of variations.

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I am about half way there (200) but lack too many high priced cards to likely ever complete my set?
Still enjoy picking up what I can here and there though.
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Old 10-03-2016, 11:04 PM
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As one of those bucket list items that I started a few years ago, I'm putting together sets from 1969 to 1980. I have 1971-1980 complete with around 25 to go on the 1969 set and 80 cards or so from the 1970 set. The stats are in my sig, but I still need to update it slightly but it's still close. I bought the 1980 and 1975 sets, but everything else was put together. I also bought a complete 1976 SPCC set, which are very nice. I look at those way more than the 75s.

The 1975 set is mid-grade but I don't mind. My 72 and 73 sets are somewhat surprisingly decent looking in the binders, 74, 76-80 are in pretty much excellent condition. The 1971 set is the roughest, and will be the first set I start to upgrade once I complete them all. As ugly as I thought the 1972 set was, once you get it into the binder it's a really great looking set. I was kind of disappointed in the 1975 set. The colors are different, but I think it's too loud and the pictures are marginal IMO.

The 1974 set is one of my favorites. I had a bunch of them as a kid so I was familiar with 25% of the set. I really liked the 1973 cards as a kid, and I still like that year. My 1976 set has a few cards signed by Oakland A's players back when I was doing that 13 years ago or so. Bert Campanaris, Joe Rudi, Sal Bando, Gene Tenace, Al Dark. The 1978 is my personal favorite, being the first year I collected sports cards as a 9 year old. I liked 1980 when it came out since it had a 74 vibe to it, but 1979 is one of those years where familiarity breeds contempt. I bought so many that year and looked at them so much.

Now I'm pretty much down to HOFers and SP high numbers for 69 and 70. I need Nolan Ryan for both sets, 70 Clemente, 69 Seaver, 70 Aaron, etc. I'm not picky on condition but I know at some point I'll have to bite the bullet on the Ryans.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:19 AM
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great thread

I have completed a couple sets already this year surprisingly. just finished the 64 Topps giants, have a couple sent out for grading and will probably upgrade a couple that aren't graded, should all be graded PSA/SGC 7 or better. finished my 70 Topps finally and 75 mini.

I'm trying for 51 to present, so all I have is time. I have a lot of sets started, completed my 52 low numbers, earlier this year, and picked up a few hi numbers (no mantle yet).

I have been focused on my 55, 56, 57 Topps. down to 5 big ones for the 55, aaron, robinson, clemente, mays and berra. 15 for the 56 and 11 for the 57. hopeful to keep those moving in the right direction. then on to finish my 53, 59 topps and 55 bowman.

close on the 69 topps (10 cards) and 71-72 under 100 each.

love hearing what other people are collecting and how they are making out with their sets.

good luck all
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Old 10-04-2016, 03:01 PM
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I'm trying for 51 to present, so all I have is time. I have a lot of sets started, completed my 52 low numbers, earlier this year, and picked up a few hi numbers (no mantle yet).


good luck all
Probably what I should concentrate on myself.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:55 AM
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Default 60% 1952 Topps

Signed set 1952 Topps is at 60% Like to pick up more if you have them.
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Old 10-06-2016, 03:58 AM
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Trying to finally put to bed my 1961 Topps set. Still need these tough cards in nice shape:
***1961*** (ex. mt. - sharp corners and decently centered)
2 (Maris), 160 (Ford), 287 (Yastrzemski), 344 (Koufax), 417 (Marichal), 425 (Berra), 430 (Mazeroski), 472 (Berra MVP), 489 (Dropo), 528 (Ramos), 544 (Thomas), 577 (Aaron AS), 579 (Mays AS), 580 (Kaline AS), 586 (Ford AS)

I have plenty of tough 1961 high numbers to trade, plus a wide variety of big stars and HOF'ers from other years. Everything can be seen in my bucket(s).

Hit me up if you think we could put together a deal.
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Here are some of the sets I am closing in on:

1933 Goudey baseball need 46
1934 Goudey baseball need 42
1935 Goudey (master set all combinations front and back) need 36
1949 Bowman baseball need 3
1950 Bowman baseball need 1
1951 Topps Red Backs need 2
1954 DanDee baseball need 2
1954 Red Heart baseball need 3
1959 Fleer Ted Williams need 3
1961 Topps rub-offs insert need 4
1964 Topps coins insert need 4

1948 Bowman basketball need 19
1957 Topps basketball need 10
1961 Fleer basketball need 4

1951 Bowman football need 1
1952 Bowman large football need 9
1952 Bowman small football need 9
1961 Fleer football need 1
1963 Fleer football need 10
1968 Milton Bradley football need 1

non-sports
1949 Bowman “Wild West” need 3
1951 Bowman “Fight The Red Menace” need 1
1953 Topps “License Plates” need 3
1954 Topps “Scoops” need 3
1954 Gum Inc “Adventure” need 1
1959 Topps “Wacky Plaks” need 6
1960 Fleer “Casper” need 4
1962 Topps “Casey and Dr Kildare” need 5
1963 Topps “Astronauts” need 5
1963 Topps “Beverly Hillbillies “ need 2
1963 Donruss “Combat” need 7
1966 Philadelphia “Greed Beret” need 1
1966 Philadelphia “Daktari” need 1
1966 Topps “Superman” (Watch Superman on TV add) need 2
1966 Topps “Superman” (copy-right only) need 15
1967 Topps “Soupy Sales” need 13
1968 Topps “Laugh-In” need 1
1971 Topps “Brady Bunch” need 3
1976 Donruss “Choppers and Hot Bikes” need 6
1976 Topps “Happy Days” (red) need 1

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Larry, thats amazing - I'm sure your list of completed sets is pages long! Out of curiosity, where do you find your cards - especially from the more obscure sets? Are you trolling eBay, do you go to shows, or what? I am finding it harder and harder to find the stuff I am looking for on eBay (at reasonable prices) as I get towards more obscure/older sets.
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'53 Topps set complete
'65 Topps about 60% complete
'54 Topps--I have the 3 big rookies, both Williams cards, and 32 commons.

I have other star cards from other sets that I think I might build around someday. However, I am getting a little bummed. I really love the idea of set building. In a sense, set building works for me because it allows me to spend a little here and there and not overspend in the short term and stay in budget. But, I know that over the long haul I am spending way more on commons and sets than they will ever be worth almost no matter how I go about it. I am not doing any of this for anything other than collecting fun, but my collecting pendulum is swinging back to just picking up selected cards from the sets that I find visually appealing. If I go this route, I can pick up a nice mid-grade or better star card/rookie every so often and probably eventually acquire most of the cards from the '50s and '60s that I want. It's just that when I am paying off one of the big cards over the course of a couple of months, I get to wanting to buy a little something. This leads me back to commons and the cycle starts all over again!

Can any of you guys who collect on a budget relate to this? If so, how do you handle it? Thanks.
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:56 PM
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'53 Topps set complete
'65 Topps about 60% complete
'54 Topps--I have the 3 big rookies, both Williams cards, and 32 commons.

I have other star cards from other sets that I think I might build around someday. However, I am getting a little bummed. I really love the idea of set building. In a sense, set building works for me because it allows me to spend a little here and there and not overspend in the short term and stay in budget. But, I know that over the long haul I am spending way more on commons and sets than they will ever be worth almost no matter how I go about it. I am not doing any of this for anything other than collecting fun, but my collecting pendulum is swinging back to just picking up selected cards from the sets that I find visually appealing. If I go this route, I can pick up a nice mid-grade or better star card/rookie every so often and probably eventually acquire most of the cards from the '50s and '60s that I want. It's just that when I am paying off one of the big cards over the course of a couple of months, I get to wanting to buy a little something. This leads me back to commons and the cycle starts all over again!

Can any of you guys who collect on a budget relate to this? If so, how do you handle it? Thanks.
I think the best approach is to just go for lower grade sets. You can still buy the nicer stars or the nicer cards that appeal to you if you please....but a card is a card is a card...who cares if your Arnie Portacarrero is in mint condition
Spend far less by not worrying about the tiny differences of a dinged corner or crease.
If you are not chasing NR Mint Art Mahaffey or Lou Klimchock for 10x the price of a well loved common, your budget will go much farther

Same with the stars...you either have a 1954 Willie Mays or you don't....the price between fair/good and NR mint is ridiculous if you are mainly interested in filling the set
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