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My primary love is baseball, so those sets are listed first after all of the introductory fanfare. After baseball, you'll also spot basketball, football, non-sports, and my "book challenges." Thanks for looking!
Sets Close to Completion (realistically or otherwise):
34 Goudey - need 3: 27 Appling, Gehrig #61 & 84 Derringer
35 Fleer Cops and Robbers - LAST ONE #7 Benny Gray
40 Play Ball - now down to 6!
52 Red Man - need 2 (Williams & Mays)
52 Topps Wings - down to 16
54 Bowman - #66 Williams
54 Dan Dee - need 4 (Cooper, Hodges, Mantle, Snider)
55 Topps All American - down to 3: Rockne, Thorpe, Horsemen
56 Topps Master - 1 WHITE BACK to go: 135Mantle
57 Topps - down to Mantle & Brooksie
58 Topps YL/YT variation - 1 left (Clemente)
59 Fleer - 1 left #68 Ted Signs
60 Bell Brand - 2 left: 12 17
61 Golden Press - need 3: Ruth, Speaker, Wagner
69 OPC baseball - 10 left
69-70 Topps Basketball - 1 left (Alcindor RC)
69 Topps white letter variations: 500 (a true "white" whale)
70 Kellogg's - down to one: 27Clemente
72-73 Topps Basketball - 1 left (Dr. J RC)
77 BK Yankees - 1 left (Piniella)
All sets are "I NEED" lists EXCEPT 48-9 Leaf, 50&51 Bowman, & 69T 4-in-1 FB stamps. Condition? Unless specified, any untrimmed card is great!
Any card #'s in parentheses should be in the mail.
T205 Yankees (b.5/20) need: Criger, Ford (either), Sweeney
T205 backs I NEED: American Beauty green, Broadleaf, Drum, Hassan F30, Hindu
1934 Goudey: 27Appling 61Gehrig 84Derringer
1934 Diamond Stars: any untrimmed are OK
2 11 14 18 27 36 39 50 54 60 62 63 64 75 77 81 88 95 97-100 102-107
1935 Goudey 4-in-1 with any back version (listed by name of player in upper left)
Fox, Hudlin, Koenig, Mahaffey, Ruffing, Ruth, Schuble, Traynor, Wilson
1940 Play Ball
27Ted 30Berg 40Greenberg 168Wagner 175Matty 223Jennings
40PB hi# upgrades from trimmed to anything untrimmed: 187 193 197 201 226 227
1947 Signal Oil Demaree - I am interested in any & have a few dupes to swap
1958 Topps Variations (any condition)
Yellow Team Name: 52-Clemente
1959 Fleer - Thanks to Richard Hankins for a huge start!
1960 Bell Brand Dodgers - any untrimmed are OK
need: 12Klippstein 17Zimmer
1960 Union Oil - need one: Ripplemeyer
1961 Bell Brand Dodgers - any untrimmed
need: 5 8 32 38
1961 Golden Press - any untrimmed
3Ruth 30Speaker 32Wagner
1961 Post - I wouldn't mind assembling the lowest grade Post sets ever seen! ANY partially recognizable card is great!
23shaw 36Colavito 69Triandos 71Pappas 73estrada 93lemon 94stobbs 106mathews 115Farrell 116Owens 129Groat 132clemente 191banks
1961 Nu-Card Scoops - any shape is OK - born 3/2020 - hits from MRWx2, Guru, Arch, Ant, Henthorn, Gershx2, Domino, Labs!
403 404 408 416 418-422 424 427 428 434 441-443 452 457 462 472 474 480
1962 Bell Brand Dodgers - any untrimmed
need: 19 32 53
1963 Post/Jello (Jello preferred, as most of what's left is rare in Post) - Same stringent condition requirements as the 61 set :-)
48McAuliffe 61Adair 100Osteen 108Haller 119WDavis 128Kasko 172BWilliams 174Hubbs 187Aspro 199Kanehl
1964 Topps Giants upgrades to VG/EX or better 7Ford 45Causey
1968 Atlantic Oil - need in any shape:
Bunning Gibson Oliva B.Robinson Scott Swoboda Agee Banks Davis Etchebarren Fairly Freehan McGraw Osteen Williams Wilson
1969 OPC - Mac started me awhile back by OBC rules when he sent me a pair. :) I picked up a beater lot, got a few more hits from OBC, and now here's my w/l:
(1) 10 80 95 117 126 160 162 163 165 214
1969 Topps white letters: 500 Mantle
1969 Milton Bradley (on the back, red #1's do NOT have a horizontal base)
OBC Thanks to Shepard (huge starter), Freedman (13), Cook(10), Labs(12), Fitak(2) Santa Delia '19(12 + 5), Stamper(26) JSG (12), Denning(2) & Biggs (HUGE 70 card hit!)
Blasingame, Boyer, Briggs, Brock, Carew, Clemente, Cox, Howard, Hunter, R.Jackson, Jenkins, King, Mazeroski, Niekro, G.Perry, J.Perry, F.Robinson, Santiago, Snyder, Spangler, Stargell, Stottlemyre, Veale
- I had six team cards (Cal, Oak, KC, Was, Det, Min) before TOM BIGGS sent me the remaining 18 in 01/21!
1970 Kellogg's - any shape - Thanks to JSG for 10 hits, Peter Mead for 4, Levine for Mays and Ken M for 2! Fitak four also!
1971 Fleer WS: (black ink backs): #69 & #72-end
1973 Topps #3 This birth year endeavor will be as OBC as possible. I have Schmidt, Ryan, #1 and many of the hi# thanks to OBC! Any Topps card printed in 1973 will fit in this set!
370, 380, 400, 410, 415, 450, 463, 474, 475, 498, 535, 537, 540, 545, 549, 556, 559, 560, 561, 575, 580, 596, 604, 605, 607, 608, 609, 611, 613, 614, 616
1977 Burger King Yankees: 23Piniella (11 hits from Shawn Smart 7/13!)
1979 OPC - huge starter from Bob Chapman & lots of help from Linda F, Rick L & Joe D:
8 16 22 41 51 52 80 102 114 132 151 166 167 179 184 203 261 360 369
1955 Topps All-American - any shape - started 12/16 - 1st OBC hit from Hitzx2 and two more from Talbot! Also 1 from JSG! 6 from Elwell! 4 from Ant! 2 from Larry L! 5 from Jimi! 1 from DeJong! Lipsky sends Stagg!
16Rockne 37Thorpe (56Nevers) 68Horsemen
1966 Philadelphia - any shape - started 12/17 - 50 card hit from Thayer 8/18! 10 from Labs 6/19! Jim Brown from Levinson & Starr from Mead!
3 21 24 31 38 40 58 61 79 87 89 114 115 127 144 150 153 170 181
1967 Philadelphia (yellow borders)- any shape - started 4/18 - two dozen from Joe D!
1 23 28 43 53 55 57 75 79 82 132 152 156 167 179 185 190
1969 Topps 4-in-1 HAVE LIST! HAVE LIST! HAVE LIST! according to player in upper left corner:
Alderman, Allison, D.Anderson, Baker, Beer, Bosley, Bowie, Carolan, Coan, Durkee, Griese, Hill, Hoak, C.Johnson, W.Johnson, Jurgensen, King, Lamonica, Lang, Lindsey, Maples, Mirich, Mitchell, J.Otto, Sestak, Stallings, Trull, J.Wilson
1969 Topps FB Stamp Albums - needs listed by small # on back: 3, 9, 17, 18, 22, 23
1971 Topps FB (b.6/20) - started with a stack of ~40 and a handful of stars, then Levinson traded me a Bradshaw! Also got help from Levinson(againx5), Labsx3, Talbot, Elwell, Archibald, Salek, Dahmsx2, Luurs, Krolewicz, Henthorn, Donaldson, Salinskyx2, Orzoff, Domino, Zentkovich, Angland, Stout, MRW, Tobackx3, Keenum, Lyons, Goto, Thomas, Rice, Craig(Namath!)!
133 139 142 157 190 204 215 236 237 242 245 260
1972 Topps FB: 1st OBC hit from Dan Angland; others from Lindholme, R.Johnson (14 SUPER hits!), Glasser & Labs (2 hi each!), Heilenman, Stamper, Valacak, Goto, Rich (Bradshaw & Namath!), Talbotx2, Silva, Craig, Cook, Hutch, Fitak & Arbeeny (a hi# each), and a bunch of hi#s from The Fuge! Staubach RC from Thayer! Manning RC from Rice! Huge high hit from Hanson! Hi#C.Franklin!
265-268 270-275 277 279-281 285 291 293 294 296 299 308 316 326 330 334-336 338 341 343 348 351
1966 Batman black (b. 7/20): 1-3 7-9 12-14 18(19) 20 28 29 33 34 35 (43)44-46 48-50 54
1966 Batman red (all #s end with "a"): 2 3 12 14 16 18-20 24-26(27) 31 33 36 37(38) 39 (41) 42(43)
1966 Batman Bat Laffs: 1-5 7-13 15-17 21-28 30 32-36 39-46 48-54
1966 Batman Riddler Back: 1-13 15-30 32-38
1980 Empire Strikes Back - recent hits: 24 from Mike Glasser! a dozen from Joel F! 12 from Fitak!
263 265-272 275 276 278-281 283-285 287 291 292 294 296 298 301 302 304 307-309 312 314 315 317 319 322-326 328 329 331 340-345 349 350 352+
First Vintage Set Completed: 1953 Topps! (Finally got the Mantle!!)
other completed baseball sets include:
T206 Yankees team set - last card Keeler portrait acquired 1/16!
1941 Play Ball - last cards Cronin & Dom Dimaggio from Andy Cook 7/2/01!
1944 Yankee Team Stamps - last one Spud Chandler froom Mike Rumley-Wells 7/31/21!
1946 Remar Oaks - last card Stewart from John Stamper 4/20!
1947 Remar Oaks - last 3 (10 13 23) from Mark Macrae 11/18!
1948 Bowman - last card Musial 05/02!
1948 Leaf Boxing - Last attainable card - 19Chocolate from Battersbox 1/20
1949 Remar Oaks - last 3: Martin, Toolson, Wilson - from Mark Macrae 1/20!
x1950 Bowman - last card Johnny Mize from John Storman's childhood collection on 12/13/03! Set started 3/01; thanks to Bob Donaldson for a huge hit!
1950 Remar Oaks - last card Padgett arrived on 4/9/16 via ebay
1951 Topps Blue Backs(re-started 1/02) - Last 3(3Ashburn 6Red 37Doerr) snagged on ebay 4/16!
1951 Topps Redbacks - last card Wally Westlake via ebay 5/01
1952 Bowman (born 12/06) 01/10: Big hits from Bill Ashton & Richard Dingman! Stan the Man from Tom Elliott! Last card 10/15 - Feller from Jay Tysver!
x1953 Bowman - Last Card Duke Snider 01/02!
1953 Johnston Cookies Braves - last 1 (#1 Grimm) eBay on 3/31/16
1953 Red Man - Last card Rizzuto from Chuck Salek 2/13/17!
1954 Red Man - base done 12/17(last=Erskine); variations done 1/21 (last = AL 9-Philley-Cleveland)
1954 Bowman - Last Card Reese 05/02! Thanks to Dan Austin for a great starter! Last var 12/17 (Rogovin "2K's")
1954 Red Heart - last card was Nellie Fox from Dan Austin 02/02!
x1954 Topps - last card - Willie Mays (w/ ebay help from Sean McGowan!)
1955 Topps - last cards were Ken Boyer & Hank Bauer picked up at the National in '99!
1955 Bowman - completed at the National in '99!
1955 Bowman - started 4/20 & completed 9/21 - OBC hits from Levinson, Dejongx2, Chapmanx2, Keenumx2, Prickett, Rittenberg, Jensen, Kodl, Salinsky, Morganti, White, Lipsky! Last two cards were 72 & 155
1956 Topps - last cards were Gilliam & Checklist 1/3 in 7/01!
1956 Topps FB - last card Gifford 1/10
x1957 Topps - last card Bunning RC 1/02
1958 Topps - Last cards were Johnny Podres from Skelley 9/16/98 & Carl Erskine from George Moore 2/24/99!
1959 Topps - last card - Mantle All-Star
1959 Topps #2 - thanks to Geno for trading me the Gibby and last card 561Aaron on 8/15 from Rittenberg! Last gray/white variation #202 Maris acquired 10/19!
1960 Fleer - last card - #3 Ruth sent by Andy Cook 12/11!
1960 Topps - last card - Mantle All-Star (again!)
x1960 Topps#2 - last card Aaron All Star 10/17 via eBay.
1960 Topps back variations - #382 sent by Jimi Thayer 2/17!
1960 Topps FB (11/15-11/17)- last card Starr; OBC hits from Schock, Mroz, Tysver (Christmas 16), Craig & Rice!
1961 Topps - last card - #531 Jim Coates via eBay 8/04!
1961 Fleer Greats - last card 150 Wagner via Net54 (Tony O) 1/17; Thanks to Catfish Parker for the start!
1962 Post - Thanks to Doug Dejong for the Wilhelm and Brandon Gonzalez for the Virdon to put the set to bed on 6/13/14!
1962 Topps - last card - #592 Rookie Parade-Bouton via ebay 2/05! Thanks to Mac W for a starter set & to Mike Rich for the last 3 pose variations(6/08)! Update:(thanks, gremlins...) 218 Joe Torre sent by Andy Cook 08/15! Green tints (8/17) & hat variations (11/17) also KO'd!
1963 Fleer - last card - #59 Mazeroski 10/06!
1963 Topps - last card was #327 Paul Foytack sent by both Mark Zentkovich & Chuck Paris(who also sent a huge early hit) which arrived on 12/31/04! Thanks also to Steve Rittenberg for a great start! 1963 Topps variations: 454b # in white box on back found in Fair Lawn, NJ 2/15!
1964 Auravision Records - last one Allison from Stamper 6/20! Got Mantle from Glasser!
1964 Topps GIANT - last card #3 Sandy Koufax sent by Peter Mead 12/31/04!
1964 Topps - last card - Gus Bell 9/9/02!
1965 Topps - last 2 cards from Mac Wubben 6/01!
1965 Topps Embossed - last card Clemente from Gary Mandell 8/02!
1965/66 James Bond Glidrose/Philadelphia - last card #8 via COMC 1/20!
x1966 Topps - last card #544 Cards RC via ebay 2/05!
1966 East Hills Pirates: last one Gene Michael 12/17!
1967 Topps - #593 Westrum & #604 RedSox sent by Rick Johnson & Chuck Paris 11/17/07!
1967 Topps Posters - #12 Mays via ebay 11/15!
1968 Topps - last card Phil Gagliano from Robert Pigeon 7/15/04!
1968 Topps Game - last card #2 Mantle 8/03!
1968 Topps Game#2 - 10/20-3/21 - last card 30Rose (Macrae) & big starter from Estright plus help from OBC!
1969 Deckle Edge - last cards were Rose & Foy via Brock Hattox 2/15/01!
1969 Topps - last card #212 Tresh from John Leroux 1/4/04! Thanks to Jim Hatch & Ken M for a grande starter set!
1969 Topps set#2 :9/06 - 02/17 Any condition acceptable, and hoping to be as OBC as possible... Thanks to Betza, RJohnson, Mead, Massimo, Valacak(45+!), Lyons, Ashton, Fr. Wattigny, Heilenman, Coker, Greenwood, Kilbourn, L.Miller(36!) Angland, Rich(Reggie!), Vrechek, Stamper (24+!), Holland, Schott, Shepardx2, Corvello, Saxton, McGinley, Thayerx2, Dingman, Fitts, Ellis, Fallen, Gioia, Morganti & Tysverx2, including the set killer #660-Reggie Smith!
1969 Topps FB: born 11/18; thanks to Mike Glasser for a huge start, Ant Arbeeny for a star-studded 34 card blast (inc. Csonka & Piccolo!) and Henthorn for 4 of the last 5! LAST CARD 138Vogel from COMC 1/20
70-71 Topps Basketball - Pistol Pete RC delivered via trade by Tom Elliott 8/11/10!
1970 Topps - Completed 6/23/01!
1970 Topps Story Booklets - last 3 8/14; thanks to Talbot for 3, Stamper for 2, and Shepard for 5!
1970 Topps Scratch offs - Aaron, Seaver & Wynn finished 1/15 from Ed Hutchinson! Thanks along the way to Lyons, Rice, Housley & Huntoon!
1970 Topps SUPER - last card #6Dierker from Ken Pillion 10/15!
1970 Topps Posters - last was #4 Brock acquired from CalSportsCards on 6/16!
1970 Topps FB: 2/14-12/18: Thanks to John Stamper for a huge hit! Nine of last ten from Fitak, Arbeeny & Tipton (3 each!) Last card (205-Roy Jefferson) from Greg Henthorn!
1970 Fleer WS - last card #41 (1944) from Mike Rich 10/19! Stout sends penultimate card #6!
1971 Fleer WS - last card #64 (1966) of the base set 5/20!
1971 Topps - Completed 6/23/01!
1971 Topps #2 - Completed 1/9/18! Last two 550Killebrew (M.West) & 692 AL Rookies (W.Shepard)!
1971 Topps FB Game inserts - last card #10 Sayers from ebay 3/13!
1972 Kellogg's ATG: last card Gehrig from Wes 12/17; Thx to Betza & Mack for a Babe & a Wagner!
1972 Topps - Last 2 cards Jim Kaat (Thanks Steve R!) & Bobby Murcer on 7/7/01!
1973 Topps - last card was a checklist from Ye Olde Friar 8/99!
1973 Topps#2 - last card 582 Porter from Donnie Barnett 2/18! Last blue team from Capio 10/18!
Also, thanks to Malson, Mackx2, Hitzeman, Zentkovichx2, Smartx5, Glidden, Mackie, Henthornx3, Hoehne, Glasser(x3; Ryan!), Dahms, Pelletier (Rose!), Bannon (Schmidt!), Thayer, Morgantix2, Cook, Barnes, Schuettpelz, EEK, Dahms, Hutchinson (2 Ruth!),Vrechek, Luciano, Silva, West, Shepard (12 hi#!), Tripler, Wagner, Arbeenyx2, Taylor, Donaldson, Welk & Goto (over 100!)
1973 Topps FB: any shape and as OBC as can be. Thanks so far to Rice, Housley, Hutchinsonx3, Tysverx2 (incl. big Christmas '16 hit!), Glasserx4, Whitworth, Smart, Goto, Vrechek, Triplerx3, Valacak (w/ Staubach!), Morganti, Denningx3 (including 87 hits!), Donaldson, Luciano, Richx2, Betzax2, Mack, Miller, Domino, Gawain(N54), Craigx3(w/Bradshaw!), Thayer, Schott, Hoehnex2, Pulk, Dejong, Shirley, Gersh, Fitakx8, Labs, Dahms & Henthornx6! Final #115Ham 1/20 via COMC (couldn't pass at $1!)
1973-74 Topps Bkb - #82 last one from Jim Craig 2/16!
1973 Fleer Baseball's Wildest Days & Plays - last 4 (16 23 32 41) via COMC 1/19
1974 Fleer Pioneers - #2 Harry Wright sent by Morganti 8/17!
1974 Topps - last card was a Yankees Checklist from Mark Atnip 1/01! - Thanks to Catfish Parker on a huge starter!
1974 Topps #2 - Last 6 sent 8/10 by Tom Elliott!(85 207 215 233 400 598); 599 SD big variation sent by Morganti 6/16!
1974 Topps Traded #2 - 319 sent 10/07 by Mark Talbot!
1974 Topps Red Team Checklists #2 - Phillies & Twins sent 10/07 by Mark Talbot!
1974 Topps football: 2/14-1/22/18 - HUGE starter from Jimi; final card Butkus from Jay Tysver! End game help: Greg Miller (13 of last 23), Craig (Harris & Staubach/Stabler) & MRW (Blanda)
1975 Topps - last card was 1961 MVPs on 11/17/01! Big hits along the way from Bob Schaub!
1975 Topps Mini: 99% OBC (I began with 2 & only bought a handful along the way) Thanks to Bob Schaub(x3) & Robert Pigeon for a great start, and to TJ Valacak for a 41 card chunk! Thanks also to Tom Williams, Mac Wubben(x2), Al Crotte, Al Cummings, Larry Gersbach(x4), Joe Isaac(x2), Kevin Martens(x2), Joe Cerullo, Mike Rich (GREAT BIG hits!), Rick Svetecz (Xmas 03), Joe Adriance (Xmas 15), Squirrel Earle, Bob D'Angelo, Steve Rittenberg, Doug Smith, Kit Okamuro(x3), Ant Arbeeny, Ed Schott, Lynn Miller(x2 incl Aaron), Geno Wagner (x2), Richard Kimball(x2), Rob Fitts (Reggie & Brooks Robby!), Spike Glidden, Matt Heilenman, Jim Silva, Dan Austin, Bob Bard, Bob Reed, John Stamper, Randy Welk, Mike Mroz, Joe Denning, Ed Watts, Dan Angland, Jim Holman (Kaline!), Rick Johnson, Jason Christopherson, Rick Lyons(x2), Mark Talbot(x2), Tom Housley(x3), Ed Pike, Mike Mackie, Sal Domino, Kent Goto, Nick Pelletier (Rose!), Brock Hattox, and the last two - Yount & Lolich - from Ken Morganti on 10/10/17!
1976 Isaly - last card Joe Torre sent by Mike Rich 10/19!
1976 SSPC - #269 Jeff Burroughs sent by Mark Z 10/19!
1976 Topps - last cards rec'd 11/5/98 from Ken Morganti & Pat Sweeney!
1976 Topps Traded: Thanks to Sean McGowan & Steve Simms for KO'ing this set a mere week after posting!
1976 Hostess: thanks to Andy Cook for a big start! 11Yount & 63Cey - last two from ebay 1/13!
1976 Wonder Bread: 11/16-6/17: 3 from Vrechek, 5 from Freedman, and the final Upshaw from Betza!
1976 Kellogg's - 7/19-6/20: last card #55 Rose from eBay 6/20! Thanks to Straniero, Stout & Morganti!
1976-77 Topps Tallboys! Started 6/14; big 6 HOFer push from Jim Craig 1/17! Last card 143Free from Fitak 11/18!
1977 Topps - Completed 6/01!
1977 Topps #2: 144Sutter KO'd by '08 Secret Santa Earl Kilbourn!
1977 Topps #3 - KO'd Black Friday 2019 on COMC & eBay (Reggie & McCovey)
1977 Topps #6 - KO'd by Joe Adriance (656 Guidry) on 4/20/20!
1977 TOPPS NINE POCKET CHALLENGE - DONE! (June 6, 2019 - May 20, 2020)
500-599: DONE 580-2 of last three from Jimi & 1 from TJ 5/2020
600-660: DONE 656 x3 Guidry sent by TJ, Kyle D & the final card of the quest from Jerry Straniero on 5/20/20!
77T Kudos to: Tobackx2, Straniero (2K+ & HOFers AND the final card - wow!), Mack(1k-wow!), Freedman (1.5K-wow!), Thayerx2(star power near the end!), Smart, Glidden, Keenumx3, Henthornx5, Sankner, Lyons, Chapmanx3, Zentkovichx2, Donaldsonx3, Stoutx4, Vrechekx2, Betzax3, Huntoon, Adriancex3, Schockx2, Labs, Welk, Woodrome, Barnett, Bergx2, Jensen, Hutchinson, Duguid, Schottx2, Arbeeny (incl 4 Ryans!), Glasserx3, Morganti (incl 2 Murphs & 2 Ryans!), Levinsonx2(w/Rose & Ryan!), Rumley-Wells, Gersbach, Kodl, Valacak (5 of last 15 including Brett!), Dworchak, Stamper, Domino
1977 Topps CLOTH Stickers: Fidrych sent by Ken M 6/16! Thx along the way to Huntoon, Angland & Bob D!
1978 Topps FB - Last card (#391 Jim Allen) tracked down 10/25/03! Set me back 50 cents! :-)
1978 Topps - last card from Ken M. 11/00! - Thanks to Bob Schaub for a huge starter set!
1978 BK Yankees - last card Reggie on 8/17!
1978 Nobis Foundation/Atlanta Sports Collector set (look like pistachio-colored 59T) - last 2 Mize & Nobis sent by Gersh 4/20!
1978-79 Topps: Mike Mackie sent a 15 card starter, and I didn't have any others. My OBC-only set was also hit by Mike Mroz (15), Greg Henthorn (19), Jay Tysver (8 + 54!), Ant Arbeeny (14 including DocJ!) Morganti (Kareem), Taylor (King & Wilkes), Ed Hutchinson (Barry) and the last three from Betza (Bing, Cowens & Nixon) on 6/17!
1979 Topps - Last 3 from Rex Stahlman Oct 2001!
1979 BK Yankees - #2 Munson acquired Spring 2012
1979 Kellogg's - Last card(Rose) from Mike Rumley-Wells 10/16! Thx to Ken M for 10 of last 14 & JSG for 2 of last 4!
1979 Topps FB: nearly OBC-only set after Peter Iversen got me started w/ a huge lot! 2nd hit from Tom Massimo & others from Betza, Valacak, Malson, Talbot, Lyons (twice!), Fitak, Vida (Trading Bases), Shirley, Taylor, Henthorn (twice!), Schott, Goetsch (24 hits) Griffin, Guru, Denning x2, Reed, Rice, Goto, Stamper, Tysver, M.Jackson, Freedman, Holland (48 hits!) Rumley-Wells(11 stars!), Mroz (35 hits!), Whitworth, Elliott, Morganti, Austin, Xmas06 Bradshaw from Peter Mead, and the last two (351 & 371) from Greg Miller on 2/17!
1979 Topps Comics - started 9/18 - Ed H sent me Bench! 3 more from Gersh! Last 8 also sent by Gersh 1/20!
1980 Topps - last card 3/02!
1980 Topps #2 - last 6 cards from Stamper (4) & Smart (2) 08/21! First big blast from Keenumx5! Also hit by Chapmanx3, Slinky, Fitts, McLaughlin, Dworchak, Yeiter, Henthornx3, Lyons, Angland, Hallett, Berg (41 cards!), Shirley, Stamper & Smart!
1981 Topps - Last 6 from Ken Morganti 2/20/02!
1980-81 Topps single panels: last card - 139Magic - sent by James Keenum 10/19!
My Ultimate Quest: The Great American Baseball Card Flipping Trading & Bubble Gum Book. I found this book on a sales rack in a bookstore when I was 11 or 12, and read it cover-to-cover religiously. For those of you that haven't read it, see if you can dig up a copy, 'cause this book is what OBC is all about. It is written by 2 guys who grew up in the 50's & 60's that collected cards, and reminisces on some of the distinctive & less than stellar ballplayers of that time. It's very well written, and my eternal thanks go out to Chuck Paris, who actually tracked down another copy for me, since my original is in Tipton VG at this point! So why am I telling you all this? There are cards of every player they speak about (except Eddie Gaedel) featured in this book, & ever since I bought the book I dreamed of a day when I might get 'em all. Well, it took about 20 years, but I've recently managed to finally knock out the whole book! Last card was a hi# '52 Topps Crosetti I found on ebay on 2/2/04!
THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES
Red Barber called this book, "The Single Best Baseball Book of All Time." Told to & compiled by Lawrence S. Ritter (any relation to ex-OBCer Larry Ritter?) the book contains "the story of the early days of baseball told by the men who played it." I picked it up in a Harvard used book store several years ago, and it is a fantastic read. The challenges & experiences these players had compared to the game they saw played through the 50's & 60's is perspective enough on how much the game has evolved, much less compared to the millionaires of today. At any rate, after a discussion with John Collins, I have decided to collect at least one card of each featured player in this book - here's who's left (& what years they played):
Stan Coveleski (1916-28) (have an autograph)
Joe Wood (1908-22) (have an autograph)
Thanks for checking out my wantlist!
PS: I am placing my T206 list in an inactive status, but here's my most recent iteration:
1909-1911 T206 that I ALREADY HAVE: Abbatichio (brown), Abbott, Ames (hands above head, hands @ chest), Anderson, Arellanes, Baker, Ball (Cle), Ball (NY), Barbeau, Bastian, Bay, Beaumont, Beck, Becker, Beckley, Bell (pitching), Bender (w/trees), Berger, Birmingham, Blackburne, Bliss, Bradley (port & w/ bat), Bransfield, Bridwell (no cap), Burns, Camnitz, Campbell, Carr, Casey, Chance (red port), Chase (throw dark cap, throw white cap, trophy, pink, blue bkg), Chesbro, Cicotte, Coles, E.Collins (Phi), Conroy (w/ bat), Covaleski, Cravath, Crawford (batting), Cree, Criger, Criss, Delehanty (L'ville), Demmitt, Devore, Donlin (fielding & w/ bat), Doolan (bat), Doyle, Duffy, Dunn (Balt) Dygert, Elberfeld (NY & fielding), Engle, Evers (bat), Ewing, Ferris, Ford, Frill, Fritz, Gibson, Hemphill, Herzog (Bos), Hinchman (Cle & Tol), Hoblitzell, Hofman, Howard (Savannah), Huggins (port & hands), Hulswitt, Hummel, Isbell, Jennings (both hands & port), Johnson (port), Jones (Det), Jordan (Brk port), Keeler (port & bat), Kelley, Kiernan, Killian (throw & port), Kleinow (bat & catch), Knight (bat & port), LaFitte, Lajoie (throw), Lake (ball in hand, NY AL), LaPorte, Lattimore, Lavender, Leach (bending), Leifeld (bat), Lentz, Lobert, Magee (port), Manning (bat, pitch), Marquard (port, hands at thighs, pitching), McGinnity, McGraw (finger & port w/ cap), McQuillan (bat), Milan, Milligan, Mullin (throw), Murphy (horizontal), Myers (fielding), Needham, O'Brien, Oldring (bat & glove), Orth, Overall (portrait), Owen, Pattee, Pelty (horiz), Perdue, Persons, Pfeister (seated), Phelps, Pickering, Poland, Powell, Powers, Quillen, Quinn, Reagan, Reulbach (glove & no glove), Revelle, Rockenfeld, Schirm, Schlei (batting), Schmidt (port & throw), Schreck, Seymour (throw), Shannon, Shaughnessy, Shipke, Smith (Sh'port), F.Smith (F on frt), H. Smith (Brk), Sid Smith, Snodgrass (batting), Speaker, Starr, Steinfeldt (port & bat), Stovall, Street(catch), Summers, Sweeney, Tannehill ("L" on front), Tenney, Thebo, Tinker (bat on shoulder), Turner, Violat, Wagner (left), Warhop, Weimer, Westlake, White (Hou), Willetts, Willis (port, bat & throw), Wilson, Wiltse (port w/ cap & port no cap), Young (bare hand), Young (Minn)
I got this close on 1933 Goudey before busting it up: 53Ruth 92Gehrig 106Lajoie 144Ruth 149Ruth 160Gehrig 181Ruth 188Hornsby 207Ott 211HackWilson 223 Dean 229Vaughn (So, I was not really that close after all, or five reasonably attainable cards away, depending upon your point of view.)