Saturday, June 8, 2013
One year, nine months, and 23 days after I started, my 1971 Topps baseball set is complete.
I ended up getting this as part of a 4 card rookie card lot and I was actually able to upgrade another card in my set from this purchase. The card I had was EX, but this was a NM lot. So, if anyone out there wants to upgrade cards 576 (EX), 612 (NM), and/or 633 (NM) in their 1971 set, let me know and we'll work out a trade.
Up next is 1973, which I should complete (relatively) quickly. With a trade with Ted from the now silent Crinkly Wrappers, along with an EBay starter set and a few purchases of individual star cards, I am well along the way. I actually only need 272 cards, plus the 24 unnumbered checklists to complete that set. My goal will be to complete it in enough time that I can start 1975 before year end.
Knowing that this card was on the way, I decided to stop at my nearest local card shop on the way home from errands today and maybe pick up some 73s off my want list. Alas, it was closed. I haven't been there in almost a year, since I exhausted their supply of 71s and, in the interim, they changed their hours. Apparently, they are now only open from 12 to 6 Monday through Friday, which will make it hard for me to get there. I work in downtown OKC and generally don't even get back into Norman until 6 PM. Going there will involve taking time off from work. That isn't a problem, as I have 4 weeks vacation, none of which I have used yet this year, but it is still a bit disappointing that I can't spend a leisurely Saturday there anymore.
Ah, well. As it just so happens, there is a one day show up in OKC next weekend. I will go to it and, hopefully, Zack from Wichita will be there and I can knock of some 1973s with him.