Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Want List Wednesday: 1981 Topps BB

I decided to start something a little different on the blog.  The vast majority of bloggers have some form of want lists on their blog, but how often does one really take the time to look them over?

Right, not that often.  I usually don't look unless I'm prompted to by a blog post of some kind, or maybe even a tweet...

But when looking at a post the other day from Matt at the Diamond Jesters blog in which he took the time to post his 1978 Topps BB want list, which is down to 84 cards to go, I got an idea.

When do people post want lists right on their blog posts?  When they want to try and get them finished, usually by trades, or sometimes they'll get hit with a random act of kindness (#RAK) from someone who has extras that they want to purge.

You get the idea....

Well, I've decided to make the middle of the week "Want List Wednesday", in which I'll post a want list of a set that I'm hoping to finish rather quickly, or it may be a set where I need a boatload of cards and I'm looking to maybe get a chunk of them from someone who has extras....

Again, you get the idea.

I'm going to start off with a set that I'm down to just 24 cards from finishing.  1981 Topps BB.

123 Al Cowens
130 Larry Gura AS
173 Bump Wills
191 Rick Sutcliffe
300 Paul Molitor AS
318 Steve Yeager
349 Glenn Hoffman RC
356 Padres Future Stars - George Stab RC
358 Mark Wagner
406 Dickie Noles
424 Yankees Future Stars - Tim Lollar RC
452 Renie Martin
454 Andy Hassler
500 Jim Rice
514 George Riley RC
515 Robin Yount
525 Mike Torrez
598 George Vukovich RC, DP
658 Milt Wilcox
659 Brewers Future Stars - John Flinn
669 Minnesota Twins - John Goryl CL, MGR, TC
670 New York Yankees - Gene Michael CL, MGR, TC
685 San Diego Padres - Frank Howard CL, MGR, TC
713 Bill North

Those are the 24 that I need to get this done.  Couple of star names, a few minor RCs, but nothing overly extravagant.   

If you have any or all of these, please drop a comment, or send me an email at 30aweekhabit @

Oh and hey, if you want to "steal this idea", please do.   Anything that encourages trading and getting those pesky sets finished.

Thanks for reading, and the set help!


Saturday, September 28, 2019

O-Pee-Chee never gets old for me

I really like the OPC hockey sets, whether they are from the 70's/80's (the originals) or the modern era Upper Deck releases (from 06/07 to present).   They're a challenge to put together and with the exception of a few designs, most of the OPC sets are pleasing to look at.

This year's release is one that I like.  It's the same kind of back that you see every year, it has the same kind of cardboard look and feel that you get from the older sets

While the look and feel is great, the small print and the tons of extra space are a shame.  Would love to see Upper Deck harken back to the 70's OPC/Topps sets and put some biographical information in all that lost space.   Or, how about the old style cartoons like you'd find on cards like this Bernie Parent 76-77 OPC?

Love how the French text on the cartoon uses "Bernard"
The front of the cards are a different story.  I love this years design.

Position: Check  Name:  easy to read.  Team logo: doesn't take over the card.  Design:  minimal.  Don't need a bunch of flowery bells and whistles to sell me on a set that is 600 cards in size.  I want something that's pleasing to the eyes and hits all the categories.   This year's OPC set does it for me.

Retro parallels are back, 2 per rack pack

While I would love to chase these down, I still have a ton from last year's set to grab.  I'll probably just go after the Leafs in the retro style and call it a day...

SPs?  100 of them again this year, similar in pattern to last year

Rookies?  Gotta have them.  501-550 are all the Marquee Rookies, although right now there are no really huge names among the 50.  Next up, 31 team checklists, which I wholeheartedly approve of, as the Legends cards were getting kind of tired, and a lot of people tended to over price them on the secondary market.   The League Leaders and Season Highlight cards make up the final 19 cards of the 600 card set, and are also a solid addition, because what collector doesn't like an extra card of their favorite stars, right?

Something new this year is the "caramel minis"

There are 40 of these in the set, and they're not so much mini like the A&G minis, but they're just thinner, about half the width of a normal 2.5" card.  I like the look of these as well, it's always good to get something a little different.

Finally, what would a modern set be without colored parallels, right?

Blue is new this year, replacing last year's silver which was kind of so-so.   There are gold glossy parallels, the retros which I showed above and red bordered cards also. 

I'm going to have to try and get a few more packs in the next few weeks as they tend to disappear quite quickly when the base Upper Deck set gets released in November.  This will be a set that I'll chase again this year, because O-Pee-Chee really does never get old for me.

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, September 26, 2019

And then there were 5

With so many sets that I have want lists for, it's easy to forget at what point I'm at as far as a specific set is concerned.

When I received my COMC order a few days ago, and pulled these 4 cards out of the box, it hit me like a ton of bricks that I'm actually just 5 cards short of finishing the 76-77 OPC set.   This is one of the first sets I collected as a kid, and over 40 years later finally finishing this up is going to be a big source of pride.

My patience (read cheapness) finally led to getting these cards at a lower price.  The Canadiens team leaders card was just over $2, and the Bernie Parent was at $4.  Much, much better than I had seen over the past few months. 

I miss the days where forward lines spent more than a few weeks together.  The LCB line was a big force during the mid to late 70's, and finding this card for just under $2 was a big score for me. 

Finally, getting this card for less than $10 was a huge win.

I was pretty much resigned to having to pay $20 or more for this card, as I hadn't found any copies that were decent for less than that.   Then one Saturday morning, I hopped on the site, and saw this up for sale for $9.  Had to look at it twice to make sure that it was in as good condition as I hoped.  Then I get it out of the sleeve, and it was in even better shape than I thought.

An absolute steal for that price.  I'll smile each time I look at the set.

Now, I'm down to 5 cards to finish this off.   Ken Dryden, Lanny McDonald, Tiger Williams, and 2 checklists.  I know I'll get the McDonald for around $4-$5.

What the other 4 will cost, who knows?   Probably won't be cheap though...

Thanks for reading!!


Monday, September 23, 2019

More distractions

Last week I posted about a 9 count of 71-72 OPC that I picked up off of eBay.  Well, I received my COMC shipment today and I managed to double that total from last week!

When you see a seller offering cards from this set in nice shape for less than $1 apiece, you have to jump on them, because they don't come along at that price very often. 

My big check when looking at these cards on COMC is the back.  There are a lot of cards that have a fair bit of paper loss on the back, likely from kids taping the cards to a wall or a piece of Bristol board.  So that's the first thing I look at, and each one of the cards I bought are in really nice shape.

The fronts are all in good shape, no noticeable creases, just the usual rough edges here and there and the odd soft corner.

What's good about this set as well is I've heard a lot of the names.  I know the likes of Hodge, Koroll and Martin.  Plager, Wakely and Stanfield are other names that played well into the 1970's.  This group of 18 also don't suffer from what a lot of the other cards I've showed off, airbrushing.  Each of these guys is in their current team uniform.

I'm closing in on halfway complete, 16 cards short of the 132 card mark.  This set is going to end up much like 68-72 Topps baseball, taking quite a long time to finish.  Marathon, not sprint, right?

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Almost an oops moment

One good thing about all this trading that I've done is that I'm getting more and more organized.  I've now got over 2000 cards on the baseball trade list, and I'm going through boxes of cards whenever I find a moment and adding more.

One card caught my eye recently, it was this one from the '76 Topps set:

I immediately recognized this as the Willie Randolph RC, and while adding other '76s to my trade bait, I checked to see if I had this one for the set.

Nope.  Here I was about to add it for trade fodder, and I still needed it.

This knocks the want list down to 42, and I have 2 on the way.  Still a lot of big names to acquire, but finding this brought a smile to my face....

Oops moment averted.  

Thanks for reading!