Monday, April 29, 2019

1975 Topps is FINALLY complete! And more!

I’m sure you all remember the horrific mistake I made when trying to recently complete my 1975 Topps set. I finally went to COMC to bang out what I needed, and goofed. I bought a duplicate, and left a gaping hole in one of my pages.

How embarrassing.

There was only one thing to do. Back to COMC I went. I am now the proud owner of this beauty.

I am also finally the proud owner of a complete 1975 Topps set! Maybe I’ll explore that more in future posts. But for now I’ll just sit back and bask.

Of course, you can’t go to COMC and get ONE card. I mean, you could...but why would you? So I had to fill out my cart with more cards. But, which ones?

Well, I do have a side project I may have mentioned. I’m “trying” to get a playing days era Red Sox card of every member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame. I say “trying” because I know I’ll never complete it. (Unless anyone has a spare Babe Ruth card from the teens they’d like to donate to the cause.) But, otherwise, it gives me a way to collect cards from different years, while having a goal in mind. I try to not duplicate sets, but that’s not a hard rule. So, to that end, I added these cards to my collection.

1954 Bowman Jackie Jensen. Pretty sure this is my first ‘54 Bowman card. So the goal is working. When I get a card like this I always wonder if some kid in 1954 had this card in a stack with Ted Williams, all wrapped up in an elastic band.

1960 Topps Pumpsue Green. Now, I already have a 1960 Topps Red Sox card. But, it’s not this fun All-Star Rookie subset. So it’s like being from a different year. Right?

1951 Bowman Vern Stephens. The first ‘51 Bowman in the collection. Clearly, condition is not that important to me for vintage cards.

1956 Topps Frank Malzone. Again, I already have a ‘56 Topps. But, couldn’t resist adding another on to the collection.

2010 Topps Chrome Rob Gronkowski. Yup. I know what you’re thinking. He’s not a Red Sox Hall of Famer. But, he’ll be an NFL Hall of Famer, and I just felt it was time to have his rookie card. Hard to have a well-rounded collection without one, right?

So, there you have it. I was finally able to complete the 1975 Topps set, and then had some fun. I’d call that a success.

Wouldn’t you?


  1. Indeed, completing 1975 Topps is awesome! Congratulations.

  2. Congrats on completing an iconic set!

  3. Congratulations!
    The BoSox project looks like fun and I wish you luck.
    The Tigers don't have a HOF, but I think trying to put together something like that would be very cool.

    1. I like how it gives a focus to the goal of getting different Red Sox cards from different years and brands. As you can see, not every Hall of Famer is expensive, but it's a bit more fun than a random card. For me, at least. Former All-Stars would do a similar thing if there's no Hall of Fame.

  4. It's all about the fun, congrats!


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