Monday, February 20, 2017

Being realistic

I've developed a real strong appreciation for vintage cards during the 5 1/2 years of writing this blog.  I'm just about finished with the '64 Topps set, I have a good start on sets from '62, '68 and '70 and I have a decent amount of cards from the '67 and '69 sets.  Oh, and let's not forget about '59

Those half a dozen sets by themselves are going to cost a pretty penny to finish.  RC's such as Nolan Ryan, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson and others are going to cost a small fortune, not to mention having to find cards of Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. 


So when I saw today that Gavin from the Baseball Card Breakdown blog is starting a '57 Topps set, it got me to thinking....

How in the world will I be able to finish every set that I've ever bought cards for?  The simple truth is I won't be able to.  No how, no way, fuhgedabboutit.

So, depending on what Gavin thinks about the cards below, he may have himself a few '57s to add to his set build.

'57 is a beautiful set simply because it's simple.  Would I love to build it?  Oh my God yes.  

I just don't think it's in the cards. 

I'm hoping that Gavin will want them.  Temptation is just too great.  That's being realistic....

Thanks for reading, Robert


  1. The thought of completing any pre-1970 set is almost overwhelming to me. Best of luck on all those ones you're tackling.

  2. Even though I'm a set collector I gave up on the concept of completing every set years ago. There's just too many cards I can't afford...I refuse to go over $20 for a single card most of the time. I just get as many as I possibly can.

  3. The 1957 Topps set is such a great looking set! Such a simple design, but such a great look to the set. Love seeing the old ballparks in the backgrounds.

  4. I need to spend more time looking at 57. They are great looking. They seem to haave more of a Kodachrome look to them then other sets. And I agree with Daniel about the backgrounds.

  5. Only thing, in my opinion, that comes close to the '57 set is the '53 Bowman colors.

  6. Very grateful you'd consider passing those 57s on to me, and I'll do my best to put together a dynamite return package for you!

  7. I applaud anyones effort to tackle these early sets. Good luck Robert and Gavin!