Over time I've been fortunate enough on eBay to get a few lots on the cheap. Some evenings I'll spend perusing lots of cards on the site and if I find something that I might want to purchase down the road, I'll add it to my watch list so I can find it quickly (like most people do).
Last week I found a 30-card lot of 1971 Topps football for just under $11, which was already a 10% discount off of the seller's original price. I put it on the want list, thinking I'll check it out later in the week.
Next morning, for some reason I was wide awake at 3 AM, so I decided to check my email. The seller sent me an offer with a further discount (yep, just 55 cents). I figured it was meant to be so I hit the buy it now button and 4 business days later, the cards were at my house.
Not a perfect scan for sure, but it is representative of the cards that came my way. I love this set as it shows red for AFC teams and blue for NFC teams, easy to remember. It is also a smaller set, just 263 cards, of which I now have 37.
One card I don't have currently but will have to shell out some big bucks eventually is the Terry Bradshaw rookie. Another Steelers great also has a rookie card in this set, Mean Joe Greene. There's also a lot of legendary QB's to chase, Namath, Starr, Unitas and Griese for starters.
I'm hoping to find another lot or 2 on the cheap to get a good start to the set before I start knocking off the singles.