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1975 Topps Set Card 176/660 – #442 – Maximino Leon, Atlanta Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 176/660 – #442 – Maximino Leon, Atlanta Braves

Progress: 176/660

Player Name:  Maximino Leon

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1973-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Max Leon appeared in 50 games for the Braves in 1975.  Making just one start, Leon was primarily used as a relief pitcher.  In 50 games, he posted a record of 2-1 with 6 saves and an ERA of 4.13.  Leon threw 85 innings during the ’75 season while striking out 53 and walking 33.

Notes From Career:  Max Leon appeared in 162 games during his six season career.  He compiled a record of 14-18 with 13 saves.  In 310 innings of work, Leon allowed 315 hits and 153 runs alongside a lifetime ERA of 3.71.  In those 310 innings, Leon struck out 170 batters while also walking 100.


My 1975 Topps Checklist Is Ready. It’s Time To Go, Go, Go!!!

My 1975 Topps Checklist Is Ready.  It’s Time To Go, Go, Go!!!

Finally, I am ready to begin this process.

Let’s consider this my first official post for my new ‘1975 Topps Set Build’.

I’ve pulled 11 ‘spare’ cards from some of the player collections I have put together over the last six years to give myself a slight head start in this process.  And I also have a nice 75-card lot of cards in transit to me that should be delivered on Monday (according to the USPS tracking details).

So, all that is left is to log the cards into my checklist, scan the cards, and get to blogging!

My goal is to feature each card individually on the blog – some days will feature one card, other days will feature many, and some will feature none.  But no matter how you slice it, I will be making the 1975 Topps Set Build a huge part of my blog for the foreseeable future.

And I have also done a little homework as to how I want to show off these cards.  Sure, I will add a nice ’30-YOC’ flair to the posts, but I absolutely took inspiration from some of my favorite set builders like Night Owl, Brandon, ChuckNeo, and UnlceMoe.

Also, I have added a new tab on the top of my homepage that takes you right to my checklist.  I will do my best to keep this as accurate as possible with the goal of orchestrating some trades to help me add more cards to the set.  If you have any spare cards from the 1975 Topps set sitting around that are not major parts of your collection, hit me up and let’s see if we can work something out.

Lastly, I have decided to store my set in an album.  This is a bit of a departure for me, but I think that this is the best way to go.  It will allow for me to remain organized while also giving me the ability to check out all of the bright and funky color combinations that make up this historic baseball card set.


Let’s go!!!

1975 Topps Album

When A ‘Player Collector’ Becomes A ‘Set Builder’

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!!!

1975 Topps box

I Have Completed The 1968 Topps Game Set – YES!!!!

I Have Completed The 1968 Topps Game Set – YES!!!!

Yes, 33 weeks after debuting my first card from this legendary set, I have completed the entire set.

It was a lot of fun to focus my attention on this set, and at times I thought that my goal of completing the set was unattainable. 

Before I get into a few notes about this set and what it took for me to put it together, let me show you the whole thing.

Here are the cards:

Pretty sweet, huh?  Yeah, this one easily ranks as the best set of cards I have built since getting back into the hobby more than four years ago.  The set is packed with baseball history, and is a very solid representation of ‘true vintage’.

While going through the process of putting this set together, I found out quite a bit about the players that were included.  And while I could never find the details as to why  Topps chose these 33 players, some are very obvious due to their career achievements and others due to their fantastic 1967 baseball seasons.

A few more random notes about the set:

  • the full set cost me just under $50 to put together
  • the most expensive card for me to obtain was the Mickey Mantle card, followed by Roberto Clemente and then Brooks Robinson
  • there are notable ommissions from the set – Jim Palmer, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Maury Wills, Phil Niekro, Fergie Jenkins, and Luis Tiant.
  • Amazingly, many of the cards from this set can still be had for just $1.00
  • The cards seem to take on a yellow hue, most likely due to age and how they were handled.  I tried my best to limit my intake of these yellowed versions as much as possible

This set was a blast to put together – and I am very happy that I challenged myself to do so.

I have a few things in mind for the next subset that I want to build, but I am not certain that any set can live up to the joy that this 1968 Topps Game set brought me.


1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

Frank Howard was known as ‘The Capital Punisher’ due to his impact on the Washington Senator teams of the mid-to-late 1960s.  His power and run production was unmatched, both by his teammates and the league.  A 2-time home run champ, Howard connected for 248 home runs in eight seasons with the squad.

Howard was a Rookie of the Year winner in 1960 and a 4-time All-Star.  He was part of the 1963 World Series championship team in Los Angeles.

Progress – 3/33

1968 Topps Game – Hall of Famers, Ron Santo & Frank Robinson

1968 Topps Game – Hall of Famers, Ron Santo & Frank Robinson

These two guys are the guys that inspired me to go out and collect the full set of baseball cards tagged as 1968 Topps Game.

I picked up both of these near-mint beauties at a baseball card show last November, and ever since then I have thought about completing the set.  So, as part of my ‘Collecting Goals of 2012’, I will attempt to do just that – complete the full 33-card set.

My checklist is built.

And now I happily add cards one and two into the set:

Progress – 2/33

1968 Topps Game Checklist

1968 Topps Game Checklist

Well, one of my 2012 collecting goals is to put together the 1968 Topps Game set of trading cards.  The set features 33 cards in total and runs the gammot of Hall of Famers, All-Stars, semi-stars, and scrubs.

I think that this will be a very fun challenge to undertake, and I look forward to learning a little more about the 33 guys that are part of this set.

And if it all works out, I will pick up my very first cards of Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente as I put this set together.

So, what is the first step in getting this new quest going?  The checklist, of course.

By now you all should know that I am an uber-organized collector, and my checklist will help lead me to the finished line.

So, here it is:

Card # Player
1 Mateo Alou
2 Mickey Mantle
3 Carl Yastrzemski
4 Hank Aaron
5 Harmon Killebrew
6 Roberto Clemente
7 Frank Robinson
8 Willie Mays
9 Brooks Robinson
10 Tommy Davis
11 Bill Freehan
12 Claude Osteen
13 Gary Peters
14 Jim Lonborg
15 Steve Hargan
16 Dean Chance
17 Mike McCormick
18 Tim McCarver
19 Ron Santo
20 Tony Gonzalez
21 Frank Howard
22 George Scott
23 Rich Allen
24 Jim Wynn
25 Gene Alley
26 Rick Monday
27 Al Kaline
28 Rusty Staub
29 Rod Carew
30 Pete Rose
31 Joe Torre
32 Orlando Cepeda
33 Jim Fregosi


Now let’s collect!!!

My 1981 Topps Record Breakers Set Is Complete!!!

My 1981 Topps Record Breakers Set Is Complete!!!

I have to admit that of all of the subsets that I have assembled myself in the last year, this one was by far the easiest to complete. 

When I decided to go after this one, I found one seller on www.sportlots.com that had all of the pieces I needed to get the job done.  So, after quickly throwing them into my cart, I soon had the set complete without breaking a sweat.

And what a set it is!!!

From Ozzie Smith to Pete Rose to Mike Schmidt to Johnny Bench to Steve Carlton.  The list goes on and on. 

But the set stops here – COMPLETE!!!

My 2000 Fleer ‘Club 3,000′ Set Is Complete!!!

My 2000 Fleer ‘Club 3,000′ Set Is Complete!!!

It took quite some time, but this 14-card doozie is now complete.

When I decided to collect this set, I found it to be a fun challenge.  And along the way, I was able to learn about the 14 guys that this set of cards honors.  It was fun to read and report about their quest to earn 3,000 hits or 3,000 strikeouts.

And yet, while not wanting to take anything away from these 14 guys, I feel a little empty as I look at these cards laid out before me.  You see, there are so many deserving players that were omitted from this set that I would love to have seen included.  How about Hank Aaron and Willie Mays and Fergie Jenkins and Tom Seaver???

Nonetheless, this set was very fun to collect, and I love the design of these cards.  Because of the cards’ design, you know exactly what you’re looking at and there is a sense of baseball greatness and history within.

Here is the finished set:


New Subset To Show Off – 1981 Topps ‘Record Breakers’

New Subset To Show Off – 1981 Topps ‘Record Breakers’

Hey, it’s another 1980’s subset to show off!!  We do it right at ’30-YOC’!!  As soon as we complete one subset we jump right into the next.

So now, we jump from 1985 back into 1981 for an 8-card doozie!

The 1981 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ subset memorializes 8 incredible highlights from the 1980 baseball season.  Each week, on Mondays, I will present them to you.  And as always, I will let you know how this specific record stands almost 30 major league seasons later.

Stay tuned, the fun starts this upcoming Monday!!