When A ‘Player Collector’ Becomes A ‘Set Builder’
It has been a very long time since I put together a set of baseball cards whose total card count exceeded 25.
If you recall, my biggest ‘2014 Collecting Goal’ was to begin working on the 1975 Topps baseball card set. This 660-card set was released during the year of my birth and I have always wanted to dive as deep as I could into the 1975 baseball season.. Building this set will surely help me accomplish that quest.
As a kid collecting cards in the 1980’s, I was very familiar with building sets – my first was 1985 Topps which was quickly followed up by 1984 Fleer, and then every major brand release from 1986-1990. Some sets were a huge challenge, and some were a breeze. But, they were all fun.
And that is what I am expecting as I take the plunge and head ‘Back to 1975’.
If you know me and you know my collecting style, you already know that I am an uber-oragnized collector. That should be an aide in this journey.
I still have some things to figure out as it relates to how I will go after the set. But, I have already decided to put the set into an album versus a box. I want to be able to flip through page after page of the ’75 two-tone beauties as I add them to the set – the album will allow me to do this.
As for card condition, I will be as picky as I can be with the affordable cards, but I may have to lighten my expectations when it comes to some of the high-end cards in the 660-card set.
I have also decided to not go after any of the mini cards – this will be a base set build only.
Oh, and no graded cards either – too hard to keep together. And I don’t think that having encased cards in my collection would be enjoyable. I want to touch and handle the cardboard as much as I can.
So, I think I am all set. I’ve got a few small tasks to take care of before I start, but pretty soon I will be ready to go ‘Back to 1975’.
Stay tuned and ‘Thanks’ for reading!!!