I believe I’m stealing the title of this post from an oft-used phrase in the card blogging community. I’m referring to the very first page in my binder of 1971 Topps. As some of you may be aware, I’m working my way to completion on the 1971 Topps offering. This will be the first vintage set I’ve completed when it is all said and done. I started off with a fairly decent starter set that I inherited from my Dad as my Mom was tired of it gathering dust their basement. (She is the opposite of a hoarder) At any rate, he was able to start me off with almost all of the ’71 SP’s and a good majority of the stars from the set. It will be nice at the end to not have to track down Clemente, Aaron, Killebrew, Mays, Brooks Robinson and Bob Gibson among others. I still need Johnny Bench, Nolan Ryan and Ron Santo among a few other star players, but the ’71 set doesn’t seem to command a huge premium for the star cards so I should be able to pick them up rather cheap.
I’m at about 62% completion for the set now after adding about 12 more cards this weekend from a local collectible shop in York, PA. I’ve got the first page of the binder filled, and you can see it in all it’s glory below.
The first 9 cards of the set offer a good amount of commentary. You’ve got the team picture of the 1970 World Champion Orioles. You’ve got the guy who threw a no-hitter while high on LSD. Also, Thurman Munson’s rookie cup card. The last card I needed to complete this page was #4 Vic Davalillo.
In honor of the completed page, I’ve decided to give back to the collecting world. Leave a comment on this post and I’ll enter you in the contest. Since this is my first contest, I’m going to keep it simple. No need to plug on your blog for any additional entries (although if you want to send extra readers my way, I won’t complain). I’ve got a few prizes in mind so I’ll probably pull out two winners (first and last result on a random.org randomization). I’ve got a really sweet unopened wax pack of 1990 Fleer for one lucky winner. I’ve also got a few auto’s/game used cards that don’t fit in my collection I need to dispense of, so good luck to all!