As promised, I am going to start showing off the complete set of 1964 Topps tonight. It took me quite a long to complete the journey, as my first post of cards from that set was way back in December, 2011. That post was #68.
Finally, I've hit post #1500. After hitting the 1000 post mark back in 2014, it's taken a while to get to 1500. Changing addresses had a lot to do with that, but now I've become more comfortable with posting about every other day on average.
Seeing the greats on the first 6 pages above reminds me of the chasing I did all over the place to acquire cards for the set. The Yogi Berra was at one of the National's that I attended. Mickey Mantle was purchased on ebay. A few of the league leaders cards were spotted on the last day I was at the 2012 National, as I was on the way out the door. For five bucks apiece, they were one of the best buys I can recall.
There's a good article on the collector who hoards the '64 T Curt Flood cards here. A lot of great names as well in pages 7-12, such as Elston Howard, Jim Fregosi, and a combo card featuring Harmon Killebrew. Ernie Banks is there, Felipe Alou and Joe Torre are on these pages also.
I remember being ecstatic at find the Pete Rose card for just $38 at a show. Duke Snider for $5 was also a good find, even if it is off center. Rusty Staub was around $5-$6 as well. I believe that the Tommy John card was $12. It's amazing how much I remember about all the stars cards and how much they cost. Almost as if I was making a mental checklist as I went along.
Dick Allen, Tony LaRussa RC (which I waited a long time to find a cheap copy of), Wilbur Wood, Frank Robinson, Al Kaline, they're all here. I was patient on a lot of these cards and waited to find reasonable copies at reasonable prices.
I decided to show the first half of the set tonight, 33 pages/297 cards worth. I still am shaking my head that I've finally completed this set.
I'm so happy that I've reached a couple of milestones that I've decided to do a little giveaway. I'm going to let a couple of people do a little shopping on COMC during COMC's spring cleaning in order to fatten up their card collections.
Anyone that leaves a comment on tonight's post gets an entry. The remainder of the pages will be shown tomorrow. You can comment again there for another entry. Want a 3rd entry? Pimping is easy. Just show me the way to the pimp (twitter or the blogs is good) and that'll earn the 3rd entry.
Tomorrow starts the run to 2000 posts. Hope a few of you will still be around when I get there.
Thank you for reading! Robert