My wife and I have developed a Sunday routine that I really enjoy. Do as little as possible. Saturday's are spent running errands, such as going to the post office to get packages in the mail (!), groceries, lawn cutting, etc.
Sunday mornings have become time for me to catch up on some blog reading, and writing as needed. Yesterday I decided to take a different route. I had a big block of vintage cards that I had purchased last month still sitting on my desk, being used on a weekly basis to get the weekly tournament posts started.
Yesterday I finally started the long overdue exercise of starting checklists for each of the Topps sets between 1959 and 1969. I had bits and pieces from all those years that I had purchased over the past couple of years, which only amounted to a handful of cards from each of the various sets. Now I have checklists for every set that I have a portion of, 1959 through 1976. Some have as few as 10 cards checked off, others have half the set put away. Over time I'll get to each and every one of these, and I'll enjoy every minute of putting these sets together.
I also took the time (finally) to go through the large '71 Topps lot that I purchased a few months back, and dutifully went through each card and decided if they would be worthy of being part of a complete set. The final tally wasn't too high. 54 cards total made the cut.
These cards have more creases than all the pairs of pants in my closet. It kind of looks as if someone drew an extra mouth on Bill Mazeroski's card. Tim McCarver may have been folded in 4 parts at one time.
Believe it or not, these two cards aren't poor scan jobs. They represent a couple of horribly miscut cards. Other than the miscuts, their condition isn't all that bad really.
The top row sees 3 more ink victims, including Tom Haller who is now a member of the "Tigeks".
Even the great card of Lindy McDaniel succumbed to the crease monster that was prevalent in a lot of these cards.
In the end, there's 174 cards in varying conditions that need a home. If anyone is interested in all or part of these beauties, just drop me a line. Just because they don't fit into what I'm doing, doesn't mean that someone else might get a kick out of owning these.
All in all, it was a productive Sunday for getting my collection a little more organized, even at the expense of not writing a post.
thanks for reading, Robert