Saturday, August 9, 2014

What's next? Quarterfinals: (3) 1974 Topps vs (6) 1969 Topps


I am not going to even bother trying to figure out who is going to win this week's match.  These are two sets that I really like, and I don't have a problem with either of them moving on to the semis.   The winner of this week's match will go on to meet '63 Topps in the semis.

How they got here:

1974 defeated 1971  16-4
1969 defeated 1980  13-7

How big a head start do I have on these sets?

1974 Topps:  Very Good  264 out of 660
1969 Topps:  Minimal        23 out of 664

Favorite card that I own from each set so far:

1974:  # 328 Skip Jutze (I don't ever recall seeing a player with eye black on for a posed shot.
1963:  # 295 Steve Carlton (Great card of Lefty I picked up at the 2012 National for less than $10)

As always, I look forward to reading the comments for these two sets.  Don't be shy, let's get back over 20 votes this week!!

thanks for reading, and voting, Robert

25 comments:

  1. 1974 are the first cards I ever held in my hands. Gotta be '74.

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  2. I'm voting for the 1969 set. Why?

    The first cards for the 4 new expansion teams. Although the players are airbrushed in the early series, the later series includes photos in their new uniforms (recently relocated Oakland A’s too!)

    45 future Hall-of-Famers are in in the 1969 set, including Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Ernie Banks, Don Drysdale, and Hoyt Wilhelm, none of who are in the 1974 set.

    The final card for 40 players, including Mickey Mantle and Don Drysdale.

    Ted Williams is back in the Topps set for the first time since 1958.

    All-star cards

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  3. Gotta stick with the 74 set. Great borders compared to the 69 set. I really like the photo's in the 74 set as well.

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  4. 2 sets I love. But I've been fascinated with 74 since I was a little kid. And the 74 Nolan Ryan is awesome.

    74 it is

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  5. I'm picking the 1969 set. The first cards of my Kansas City Royals will always win in my book. The other reason I choose '69 is because I like the look better.

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  6. Tough.....gonna have to go with 74.

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  7. Not too attached to either set, but I'll go with '74.

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  8. I'm going with the '69 set because of it's simplistic yet classic design.

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  9. Yeah, this is a pretty tough match-up. On principle, I feel like I should go with '69 because it's older. But in truth, I'm not a huge fan of that set, and '74 just has a more interesting look overall. 1974 it is.

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  10. 74 for me... First set sort I completed as a kid ripping packs....

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  11. I don't think you can go wrong with either set, but if the house were burning down and I had time to grab just one binder, I'd grab 1974 before 1969. 1974 was my first ever set, so I'm extremely biased in this.

    1974 features relatively current photos, unlike 1969 where some of the photos were 5-6 years old at the time. 1974 has the traded set, the Hank Aaron "Home Run King" and "Hank Aaron Special" cards, cool action shots, the Dave Winfield rookie, and enough variations to keep you busy for a while (if variations are your thing)

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  12. Oh, I forgot to mention this Johnny Bench card w/ All-Rookie trophy. The trophies on the pre-1973 cards are much nicer than the small cup used on the later cards.

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  13. If you go with 1969, you get to collect Seattle Pilots.

    If you go with 1974, you get to collect Milwaukee Brewers. Not to mention that the 1974 design has really grown on me since I got back into collecting this year.

    It's a vote for 1974 from me.

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  14. both are pretty equal in my book, but given i was born in 74, ill pick that set.. and as a Cubs fan, '69 holds a sour taste in my mouth...: )

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  15. 1969 has a good design and has a great list of names in the set (not that 74 is lacking). I will have to go with the 69 set this time.

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  16. Gotta go with 1974 (although it's close). It was my first set and it is an underrated set as well.

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  17. This may already be decided but I'll do my civic duty here anyway. I'd take the '74 set despite it's rather pedestrian design. It contains one of my favorites of that decade, the smiling Don Wilson card. Add to that the fact that the orioles cards are black and orange and it gets the slight nod from me.

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  18. I don't think my vote is going to make much difference, but I'm going with 1969. Ummm, cause that's when I was conceived. Yea, that's why.

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  19. I'm picking 1969 because it was when I first truly started to collect my own cards on a large scale. 1974 is when I stopped.

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