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Old 09-29-2016, 12:07 PM
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Would love to hear how other set collectors out there are doing against their goals and report in their progress. All the set collectors I know are usually into stats and spreadsheets (I am! Lol) to track progress and LOVE hitting milestones along the way. Here is where I am at, current goal is to attack the 1960's Topps base set runs, before I jump back into the 1950's.

1960 - 1980 Topps 13,224/13,724 Need 500 96% Complete

1970's Topps 7,011/7011 100% Complete
1960's Topps 5,487/5,987 91% Complete

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1965 Topps 414/598 69%
1964 Topps 465/587 79%
1962 Topps 457/598 76%
1961 Topps 534/587 91%

*Primary focus is on 1961 Topps High Numbers, mostly All-Stars, chipping at others when good deals arise. Re-Completing 64 & 65 due to upgrades and helping other collectors a year ago. Most recent complete was the tough 63 Topps.


Side sets -

1963 Fleer 50/67 75%

*3rd time I am putting this set together, not a big fan just thought it would look cool in the 63 Topps binder so chipping away.

SGC Graded Harmon Killebrew Base Cards 14/20

*Favorite player, just thought it would be cool to have each card in SGC graded 7 or higher. The hardest part is just availability unless I send in some myself, not sure if I am that interested enough to do that, although it would be a lot cheaper in the long run considering I have about 4-6 cards of each year easy, some I think would grade 7 or highter. Just easier to buy them already graded.



Latest Milestone - Getting to 500 cards needed for the entire Topps 60's base cards. Seems like I'm almost there, only 500 out of 5, 987 cards, but then I think of the box of 500 that represents and some of the cards I have left, and it seems like I'm still climbing the mountain!


Check in with your progess! I love hear how others are doing...and I know there are a lot of folks here that compete with me day in and day out for the same cards...I've said this before, I wish it wasn't so anonymous on these auctions, I would enjoy talking battle scars after some of the fights!
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1960 Topps 453/572
1955 Topps 205/210
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Fun thread! Off the top of my head (spreadsheets aren't handy):

1948-49 Leaf - need 3
1976 Topps - need 2
1962 Topps Super - need 8
1991 Topps Desert Shield - need 3
1956 Topps Master - need 2
1950 Bowman - need 3

1962 Topps "super" is registry name for master set plus green tints.

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Old 09-29-2016, 01:10 PM
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I am under 10 cards left to complete my 1952 Topps set. All high #'s.....5 commons, some stars...but I have the Mantle. In addition, I have 6 or 7 gray backs and a number of variations.

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Old 09-29-2016, 03:17 PM
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1955 Topps Hocus Focus baseball--3
1967 Topps Stand Ups--- 2
1991 Topps instant Win Game cards... 3, I think

Bob -- 62 Supers ?

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Old 09-29-2016, 03:37 PM
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I'm a set collector with a goal to have a complete base set from every year.

I'm complete with that goal back to 1951 (Includes 1955 Bowman and Topps, 1954 Bowman and Topps, 1953 Topps, 1952 Bowman and 1951 Topps Red and Blue)

Now working on the 1950 Bowman set. Need just 17 cards to finish.

17 Sid Hudson
18 Eddie Robinson
19 Warren Spahn
20 Bob Elliott
21 Pee Wee Reese
22 Jackie Robinson
23 Don Newcombe
24 Johnny Schmitz
25 Hank Sauer
26 Grady Hatton
27 Herman Wehmeier
28 Bobby Thomson
29 Ed Stanky
32 Robin Roberts
33 Ralph Kiner
34 Murry Dickson
35 Enos Slaughter
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Old 09-29-2016, 04:49 PM
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I just picked up #223 in my signed 1953 Topps set (Bobo Newsom). My other signed set project, which has been mothballed for now, is a 2007 Dunkin Donuts PawSox set. The sets were given out as a promotion, and I've never seen them signed other than the ones I have. I was able to get to 24/30 TTM, and added Jon Lester about 2 years ago through a Steiner signing. I don't think I'll be able to complete it because infielder Ed Rogers has evidently retired back to his native Dominican Republic, and I don't have a way to get in touch with him there.
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I am under 10 cards left to complete my 1952 Topps set. All high #'s.....5 commons, 6 stars...but I have the Mantle. In addition, I have 6 or 7 gray backs and a number of variations.

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Hardly any progress for me over the past 4-5 years. Life got in the way.
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:09 PM
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Completed 1961 Post, 1964 Topps Coins, and 1961 Topps Stamps recently.

Topps regular run (except 1952) complete. Bowman run complete except 1949 (need 43).

Working on assorted 50's/60's/70's issues: 1963 Topps Peel Offs (need 4),1972 Fleer Famous Feats (need 5), 1954 Red Heart (need 2), 1962 Post (need 1), 1963 Post (need 3).

In pre-war, 1933 Goudey (need 66), 1934 Goudey (need 34), 1934-36 Diamond Stars (need 37), 1939 Play Ball (need 39), 1940 Play Ball (need 55) and 1941 Play Ball (need 1).
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As one of those bucket list items that I started a few years ago, I'm putting together sets from 1969 to 1980. I have 1971-1980 complete with around 25 to go on the 1969 set and 80 cards or so from the 1970 set. The stats are in my sig, but I still need to update it slightly but it's still close. I bought the 1980 and 1975 sets, but everything else was put together. I also bought a complete 1976 SPCC set, which are very nice. I look at those way more than the 75s.

The 1975 set is mid-grade but I don't mind. My 72 and 73 sets are somewhat surprisingly decent looking in the binders, 74, 76-80 are in pretty much excellent condition. The 1971 set is the roughest, and will be the first set I start to upgrade once I complete them all. As ugly as I thought the 1972 set was, once you get it into the binder it's a really great looking set. I was kind of disappointed in the 1975 set. The colors are different, but I think it's too loud and the pictures are marginal IMO.

The 1974 set is one of my favorites. I had a bunch of them as a kid so I was familiar with 25% of the set. I really liked the 1973 cards as a kid, and I still like that year. My 1976 set has a few cards signed by Oakland A's players back when I was doing that 13 years ago or so. Bert Campanaris, Joe Rudi, Sal Bando, Gene Tenace, Al Dark. The 1978 is my personal favorite, being the first year I collected sports cards as a 9 year old. I liked 1980 when it came out since it had a 74 vibe to it, but 1979 is one of those years where familiarity breeds contempt. I bought so many that year and looked at them so much.

Now I'm pretty much down to HOFers and SP high numbers for 69 and 70. I need Nolan Ryan for both sets, 70 Clemente, 69 Seaver, 70 Aaron, etc. I'm not picky on condition but I know at some point I'll have to bite the bullet on the Ryans.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:19 AM
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great thread

I have completed a couple sets already this year surprisingly. just finished the 64 Topps giants, have a couple sent out for grading and will probably upgrade a couple that aren't graded, should all be graded PSA/SGC 7 or better. finished my 70 Topps finally and 75 mini.

I'm trying for 51 to present, so all I have is time. I have a lot of sets started, completed my 52 low numbers, earlier this year, and picked up a few hi numbers (no mantle yet).

I have been focused on my 55, 56, 57 Topps. down to 5 big ones for the 55, aaron, robinson, clemente, mays and berra. 15 for the 56 and 11 for the 57. hopeful to keep those moving in the right direction. then on to finish my 53, 59 topps and 55 bowman.

close on the 69 topps (10 cards) and 71-72 under 100 each.

love hearing what other people are collecting and how they are making out with their sets.

good luck all
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After a couple of bulk purchases, I've started the 1957 and 1965 Topps baseball sets. I'm at 284/407 on the 1957s and 397/598 on the 1965s.
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Just finished the 63 set as my wife bought me the Rose RC for Father’s Day. It’s the first pre-1980’s set ive completed so I’m excited. I have good progress on 54, 67, 68. I think I’ll work on 68. I need the Ryan RC but high numbers aren’t crazy like 67. I need a break from paying obscene amounts for high numbers.

Edit to say I’ll work on 54 as well. I have all the expensive cards except Aaron - Banks, Kaline, Williams x2, Jackie, Mays, etc. just have to wait on the Aaron.
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1954 Wilson Franks I have 15 out of 20 and have the Williams
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I am now down to one card to complete my 1952 Topps set. I bet that probably nobody would be able to guess what card it is.
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I am now down to one card to complete my 1952 Topps set. I bet that probably nobody would be able to guess what card it is.
It is a high number, but not one of the ones you might think.
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Fun thread! Off the top of my head (spreadsheets aren't handy):

1948-49 Leaf - need 3
1976 Topps - need 2
1962 Topps Super - need 8
1991 Topps Desert Shield - need 3
1956 Topps Master - need 2
1950 Bowman - need 3

1962 Topps "super" is registry name for master set plus green tints.
What #s do you need for 1976?
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My 1973 Topps set is 81% complete. Putting it together one series at a time. About the begin the 5th series. I already have the Schmidt RC so that makes it a little easier.


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My PSA mid-grade 1953 Bowman is a hair over 33% complete. Hope to get it closer to 50% by years end
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My 1973 Topps set is 81% complete. Putting it together one series at a time. About the begin the 5th series. I already have the Schmidt RC so that makes it a little easier.

Love that set. The quirky photos and comical air brushing are so bad, it's good. The Luis Alvarado is my favorite card from that set.
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Not really on-topic, but thought I'd respond to this:

"I sure wish one of the manufacturers would make T218/Goudey pages and 51-52 Bowman pages again!"

I hate seeing cards through the page that I'm looking at, so to display smaller cards in a binder I cut down a 3/5 card and slide that behind Goudeys etc. It also gives the smaller cards a nice little frame.
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"I sure wish one of the manufacturers would make T218/Goudey pages and 51-52 Bowman pages again!"

I hate seeing cards through the page that I'm looking at, so to display smaller cards in a binder
If you haven't already done it or been told....Business card sheets available from Office Max fit 1951/52 Bowman's just fine.
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I would like to complete my 55 Bowman baseball set this year. I have 280 of the 324 (includes variations) or 86% complete. I need 36 Hi#s and 8 low #s. Aaron, Banks, and Campy are the big ones left to get. Some of the High #s are kind of tough to find in the condition I am looking for. Grade 5-6 or raw equal. The hunt is a lot fun. The national in Chicago this year will help.

I do have extras to trade if anybody is interested.
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Here are some of the sets I am closing in on:

1933 Goudey baseball need 46
1934 Goudey baseball need 42
1935 Goudey (master set all combinations front and back) need 36
1949 Bowman baseball need 3
1950 Bowman baseball need 1
1951 Topps Red Backs need 2
1954 DanDee baseball need 2
1954 Red Heart baseball need 3
1959 Fleer Ted Williams need 3
1961 Topps rub-offs insert need 4
1964 Topps coins insert need 4

1948 Bowman basketball need 19
1957 Topps basketball need 10
1961 Fleer basketball need 4

1951 Bowman football need 1
1952 Bowman large football need 9
1952 Bowman small football need 9
1961 Fleer football need 1
1963 Fleer football need 10
1968 Milton Bradley football need 1

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1949 Bowman “Wild West” need 3
1951 Bowman “Fight The Red Menace” need 1
1953 Topps “License Plates” need 3
1954 Topps “Scoops” need 3
1954 Gum Inc “Adventure” need 1
1959 Topps “Wacky Plaks” need 6
1960 Fleer “Casper” need 4
1962 Topps “Casey and Dr Kildare” need 5
1963 Topps “Astronauts” need 5
1963 Topps “Beverly Hillbillies “ need 2
1963 Donruss “Combat” need 7
1966 Philadelphia “Greed Beret” need 1
1966 Philadelphia “Daktari” need 1
1966 Topps “Superman” (Watch Superman on TV add) need 2
1966 Topps “Superman” (copy-right only) need 15
1967 Topps “Soupy Sales” need 13
1968 Topps “Laugh-In” need 1
1971 Topps “Brady Bunch” need 3
1976 Donruss “Choppers and Hot Bikes” need 6
1976 Topps “Happy Days” (red) need 1

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Larry, thats amazing - I'm sure your list of completed sets is pages long! Out of curiosity, where do you find your cards - especially from the more obscure sets? Are you trolling eBay, do you go to shows, or what? I am finding it harder and harder to find the stuff I am looking for on eBay (at reasonable prices) as I get towards more obscure/older sets.
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'53 Topps set complete
'65 Topps about 60% complete
'54 Topps--I have the 3 big rookies, both Williams cards, and 32 commons.

I have other star cards from other sets that I think I might build around someday. However, I am getting a little bummed. I really love the idea of set building. In a sense, set building works for me because it allows me to spend a little here and there and not overspend in the short term and stay in budget. But, I know that over the long haul I am spending way more on commons and sets than they will ever be worth almost no matter how I go about it. I am not doing any of this for anything other than collecting fun, but my collecting pendulum is swinging back to just picking up selected cards from the sets that I find visually appealing. If I go this route, I can pick up a nice mid-grade or better star card/rookie every so often and probably eventually acquire most of the cards from the '50s and '60s that I want. It's just that when I am paying off one of the big cards over the course of a couple of months, I get to wanting to buy a little something. This leads me back to commons and the cycle starts all over again!

Can any of you guys who collect on a budget relate to this? If so, how do you handle it? Thanks.
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'53 Topps set complete
'65 Topps about 60% complete
'54 Topps--I have the 3 big rookies, both Williams cards, and 32 commons.

I have other star cards from other sets that I think I might build around someday. However, I am getting a little bummed. I really love the idea of set building. In a sense, set building works for me because it allows me to spend a little here and there and not overspend in the short term and stay in budget. But, I know that over the long haul I am spending way more on commons and sets than they will ever be worth almost no matter how I go about it. I am not doing any of this for anything other than collecting fun, but my collecting pendulum is swinging back to just picking up selected cards from the sets that I find visually appealing. If I go this route, I can pick up a nice mid-grade or better star card/rookie every so often and probably eventually acquire most of the cards from the '50s and '60s that I want. It's just that when I am paying off one of the big cards over the course of a couple of months, I get to wanting to buy a little something. This leads me back to commons and the cycle starts all over again!

Can any of you guys who collect on a budget relate to this? If so, how do you handle it? Thanks.
I think the best approach is to just go for lower grade sets. You can still buy the nicer stars or the nicer cards that appeal to you if you please....but a card is a card is a card...who cares if your Arnie Portacarrero is in mint condition
Spend far less by not worrying about the tiny differences of a dinged corner or crease.
If you are not chasing NR Mint Art Mahaffey or Lou Klimchock for 10x the price of a well loved common, your budget will go much farther

Same with the stars...you either have a 1954 Willie Mays or you don't....the price between fair/good and NR mint is ridiculous if you are mainly interested in filling the set
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I think the best approach is to just go for lower grade sets. You can still buy the nicer stars or the nicer cards that appeal to you if you please....but a card is a card is a card...who cares if your Arnie Portacarrero is in mint condition
Spend far less by not worrying about the tiny differences of a dinged corner or crease.
If you are not chasing NR Mint Art Mahaffey or Lou Klimchock for 10x the price of a well loved common, your budget will go much farther

Same with the stars...you either have a 1954 Willie Mays or you don't....the price between fair/good and NR mint is ridiculous if you are mainly interested in filling the set
I hear what you are saying. For the most part, I have been a mid grade collector who doesn't buy much of anything high grade. The graded cards I buy are usually in the 3 to 5 range and mostly crease and wrinkle-free , with something a little higher on occasion. This range has been about the same for commons (just ungraded). In the past, I have considered not being so picky with condition. I am not talking about beaters, but not thinking a light crease in a few cards was the end of the world. If I am going to build as many sets as I want, I will probably have to let go on condition somewhat. Otherwise, I would just limit myself to buying the cards I really want from the sets I really want, which might allow me to buy something a little better grade but still mid grade. I can enjoy it both ways I suppose. Thanks for your reply.

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I think the best approach is to just go for lower grade sets. You can still buy the nicer stars or the nicer cards that appeal to you if you please....but a card is a card is a card...who cares if your Arnie Portacarrero is in mint condition
Spend far less by not worrying about the tiny differences of a dinged corner or crease.
If you are not chasing NR Mint Art Mahaffey or Lou Klimchock for 10x the price of a well loved common, your budget will go much farther

Same with the stars...you either have a 1954 Willie Mays or you don't....the price between fair/good and NR mint is ridiculous if you are mainly interested in filling the set
Nothing better than finding a well centered 1956 Clemente with amazing color... and a well placed crease at the bottom right. Great eye appeal, for a small fraction of the price.
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Larry, thats amazing - I'm sure your list of completed sets is pages long! Out of curiosity, where do you find your cards - especially from the more obscure sets? Are you trolling eBay, do you go to shows, or what? I am finding it harder and harder to find the stuff I am looking for on eBay (at reasonable prices) as I get towards more obscure/older sets.
I am retired, so I have extra time to spend on eBay. eBay does seem to be drying up somewhat, but I still find cards from my list. Being a member of an active trading group (OBC) has always been the key. When I find bargains, (cards I already have), I upgrade my sets, and then send off my duplicates (eBay pick-up last night 1959 Topps #561 Aaron All-Star card $3.99) I probably get three envelopes a week from fellow OBC members.

I've attended 4 of the last 5 Nationals (stayed home from AC this year) and we have a great 40 table monthly show here local. I know most of the dealers who set up at our local show, but like eBay, it seems I see the same cards collecting dust in their showcases, but once in awhile I get surprised LOL! Almost every month one of my dealer friends will say "Hey I've got something for you". If I hear of a show within driving distance I will take the road trip.

I also have "mail order" contacts and have built trust with several dealers, it's not uncommon for them to contact me.

Like Brian just mentioned, I "go-low", and always have since I started back up in 1988. Over the years a lot of cardboard has rolled through here, and by constantly upgrading, I've built up a nice collection.

I spend a lot of time with my cards, but that's what a hobby is all about, right?
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On the surface this is a pretty mundane card, but it is the last card I needed for my 1973 set. I snapped the picture before putting it in the binder. Just FYI, it is #660. I always make sure the last card in the set is purchased last. Just one of my weird collecting quirks.


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When push comes to shove who wants 200 commons, eh? Sell the Mantle.
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I finished a 1964 Topps and a 1967 last year. I am thinking of reorienting my collection to complete sets starting from my birth year (1961) up...but I doubt I will. I am currently finishing a 1961 (slowly) and need 1962, 1963, 1965, and 1966. All pretty much collect grade.
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I'm so close to finally finishing/upgrading my 1961 set (less than 15 to go, but an extremely tough less-than-15 to go), but trying to find serious traders has become completely impossible these days, unfortunately. Hoping 2017 will get me over the hurdle.
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160 beauties in the set, Peter

How bout I sell you the Mantle, and throw in 79 other cards!
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Break them up, son. Nobody ever moves partial sets.
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2016-1979 Topps - Complete
1978 Topps - 698/726 - 96%
1977 Topps - 660/660 - 100%
1976 Topps - 645/660 - 98%
1975 Topps - 535/660 - 81%
1974 Topps - 582/660 - 88%
1973 Topps - 478/660 - 72%
1972 Topps - 427/787 - 54%
1971 Topps - 502/752 - 67%
1970 Topps - 291/720 - 40%
1969 Topps - 258/664 - 39%
1968 Topps - 225/598 - 38%
1967 Topps - 578/609 - 95%
1966 Topps - 332/598 - 56%


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Another update as I lowered my version of the Topps Run 1952-1980 down to just 56 cards, lowered from the 75 cards I needed in Post #33 above about 6 weeks ago.

Just 4 really high priced ones to go , which I am not going to worry about in 2017. But I hope to drop this down into single digits this year while still collecting all the side sets, Prewar cards and HOFers. I am blessed to be able to even consider this

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After fighting the urge for a couple of years, I finally gave in and began the 1972 Topps set yesterday by purchasing an 80-card lot for peanuts. I know this journey will be both fun and frustrating. As with other sets, I plan to build a series at a time. Due to the infamous high numbers in this set, I am going to implement an additional strategy of buying 3 or 4 hi's per month to lessen the shock once I get to the last series. I plan to build the set in VG condition so, hopefully, it will be more manageable. Centering is not a huge issue to me as long as the card is approx. 80/20. I am looking forward to this and will update periodically. I would love to hear advice from others that have tackled this monster.


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1972 is my favorite set from my youth, but it's not an easy one to complete.
The first 5 series will be simple though, so I wouldn't even worry about those, you can get those any time. The prices aren't going up on mid grade 1972's any time soon unless they are the high numbers.

I'd say if you want to do set in series, START with the final series .
It's not as easy to find the high numbers in big lots, but that's obviously preferred. I started a second set, and I filled it in no time with the lower series cards. I am stuck now for the second time chasing those psycho high numbers!

If I do it again (I am prone to silly acts like building multiple sets ), I would only get high numbers and then fill in the set in reverse!

And to reply with an update of my own run 1952 -1980 Topps is down to 25 cards. I exclude the 52 high numbers. I am going to a card show today where I think I can get 5 hits. Whoot!
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1972 is my favorite set from my youth, but it's not an easy one to complete.

The first 5 series will be simple though, so I wouldn't even worry about those, you can get those any time. The prices aren't going up on mid grade 1972's any time soon unless they are the high numbers.



I'd say if you want to do set in series, START with the final series .

It's not as easy to find the high numbers in big lots, but that's obviously preferred. I started a second set, and I filled it in no time with the lower series cards. I am stuck now for the second time chasing those psycho high numbers!



If I do it again (I am prone to silly acts like building multiple sets ), I would only get high numbers and then fill in the set in reverse!



And to reply with an update of my own run 1952 -1980 Topps is down to 25 cards. I exclude the 52 high numbers. I am going to a card show today where I think I can get 5 hits. Whoot!


Great advice. Just what I was looking for. Good luck and Congrats in advance as you approach the end of your Topps run.


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1972 is my favorite set from my youth, but it's not an easy one to complete.
The first 5 series will be simple though, so I wouldn't even worry about those, you can get those any time. The prices aren't going up on mid grade 1972's any time soon unless they are the high numbers.

I'd say if you want to do set in series, START with the final series .
It's not as easy to find the high numbers in big lots, but that's obviously preferred. I started a second set, and I filled it in no time with the lower series cards. I am stuck now for the second time chasing those psycho high numbers!

If I do it again (I am prone to silly acts like building multiple sets ), I would only get high numbers and then fill in the set in reverse!

And to reply with an update of my own run 1952 -1980 Topps is down to 25 cards. I exclude the 52 high numbers. I am going to a card show today where I think I can get 5 hits. Whoot!
A quick update: I thought Brian's suggestion made sense so I decided to pursue the high #'s first and I am making steady progress. I have about 30% of the high #'s already and have enjoyed looking for bargains and competing in auctions. There are obviously many working on this set, but I am having a blast with this project. I hope to complete the high #'s by the end of the year. The rest should be a breeze compared to this series!
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Good luck with your 72 set Ed....my favorite set from the 70s. Many of the common high #s in VG shape can be on ebay in the $3-4 range.

I understand the pain and frustration collecting the tough high numbers in a set....I am trying to finish my 52 set in PSA 5 or better (minus the 311 which is a 1.5), and I am down to needing 65 high #s and 1 low #. Right now, my budget allows for about 2 common high #s a month, so I have a 2020 target date to complete .
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I too have always been low grade ..all the way

Its allowed me to complete some great sets - 33 Goudey, 34 Goudey, Batter Up, Play Ball, and almost every Topps set..etc..

now just looking for some cards out of " amusement " -

1964 T stand ups - will consider any

1966T hi #s - will consider any

1967 T hi #s - will consider any

1968 T Game - ...out of boredom. Will consider any

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