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Old Yesterday, 05:58 PM
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Default Mike D's 1976 Topps Binder Project

I'm folks will tolerate me using this thread to track my latest project.

Inspired by a friend who is working a half dozen Topps sets of various years and putting them in binders for easy viewing, I'm going to undertake a similar project of my own.

I'm going to build a "binder set" of 1976 Topps - the Topps set from the year of my birth!

So, what is a binder set? It's got non-high end, non-graded cards, perfect for flipping through without risking any major investments.

I'll probably aim for an average of EX for the set, with a range of VG-NM depending on what I come up with. Some of these cards might be a bit dinged up. At 43, I'm a little dinged up too.

To add to the fun, I'll likely pick up graded copies of some of the more interesting stars from the set. If I get a graded copy of a card, I'll still get a non-graded for the binder, but may allow for lower grade there to help keep costs in check.

Depending on what I get for duplicates, I may even dabble in some TTM autograph chasing.

I think this will be fun. My 7 year old son will be helping me with the sorting, so it's a nice father-son project!

Now...the 1976 Topps set has 660 cards. Here is the checklist.

The biggest rookie in the set is Eckersley, with cards of Hank Aaron and Nolan Ryan among the more expensive cards in the set.
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Old Yesterday, 06:00 PM
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A quick review of my collection turns up exactly ONE ungraded 1976 Topps card, George Brett's second year card, #19:



Other than being pretty OC, it's not in bad shape at all.

So, ONE down....659 to go! To eBay!
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Old Yesterday, 06:04 PM
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The first item I needed to procure was the binder and pages.

1 BCW 3" Black Baseball Card Storage D-Ring Album Binder & 50 Pages 9 Pocket - $23.28 delivered

25 Ultra PRO Platinum 9-Pocket Hologram Card Album PagesBinder Sheets - $7.16 delivered.

That's a nice binder and enough pages to hold the entire 660 card set (with one page to spare!)

Total spent on binder set: $30.44

Total spent on graded: $0

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Old Yesterday, 06:08 PM
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Next, to pick up some starter lots to get me, well, started. I figure I'll have a lot of sorting ahead of me, then I can start to fill in gaps.

Lot of (495) 1976 Topps Baseball Cards Avg Ex BV $410 Brett Schmidt Yount Yaz - $109.02 delivered



Hey look...it's got a Brett in it! My first duplicate!

Total spent on binder set: $139.46

Total spent on graded: $0
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Old Yesterday, 06:11 PM
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Next up:

1976 TOPPS BASEBALL - 100 CARD LOT - ALL DIFFERENT - SEE LIST - EXC-NM - $18.08



These look to mostly be commons, but they're in decent shape and no dups!

Total spent on binder set: $157.54

Total spent on graded: $0
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Old Yesterday, 06:14 PM
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One more lot before the big sort starts:

1976 Topps Baseball Assorted Commons Lot 289 Different VG to NM - $31.62



Seemed like too good a price to let them go!

Total spent on binder set: $189.16

Total spent on graded: $0
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1976 Topps PSA Graded Cards

Before starting the project, I do have a handful of 1976 Topps cards that are graded.



For this project, I'll target PSA graded cards only, PSA 7 and above, with no qualifiers. For most, I'll probably target PSA 8, with the exception being for those that 8's get a big pricey.

At some point I'll get photos or scans of the graded cards.
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Old Yesterday, 06:36 PM
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Newly Acquired PSA Graded

One more post before I go off and start slogging through piles of 1976 Topps commons....a couple recent PSA pickups:

1976 Topps #202 A.L. ERA Ldrs. Palmer/Hunter/Eckersley PSA 8 - $15.52 delivered

1976 Topps Baseball Card #347 Ted Williams All Time All Star PSA 8 - $21.39 delivered

1976 TOPPS NL RBI LEADERS #195 PSA 8! BENCH - $10.46 delivered

Total spent on binder set: $189.16

Total spent on graded: $47.37





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Love the idea of doing it as well as the idea of keeping track of it.

BTW, some ebay sellers have pretty decent deals of lots from the 1970s. I'm thinking of doing a 1975 Topps set (my birth year). Right now I'm working on 62 and 58, but neither are binder ready (only a handful of each). Also I've been chasing "binder" sets as well as Ex-Mt to NM is what I look for. I know one guy who will buy the card no matter what they look like even if they're bent/creased, bad corners whatever. He says he'd rather have it in bad condition than not have it at all.

Good luck with your chase. I'll try and keep up with it.
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Looking forward to watching your progress. I collect 70s sets and love binders. Looks like you will make quick work of this set .


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Thanks @wdwfan! The journey is definitely more important than the destination here!

One of the things that made '76 attractive was the lack of high dollar RC's. No such luck with '75. '75 is such a "70's" set from a design perspective!
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Looking forward to watching your progress. I collect 70s sets and love binders. Looks like you will make quick work of this set .
I'm expecting the commons will go quickly, but the stars will take a bit longer. Ain't that always the way?!
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I'm expecting the commons will go quickly, but the stars will take a bit longer. Ain't that always the way?!
Unless you're me. Nearly every set I've finished the last few cards were commons, or were cards of stars that were good enough to not be in commons boxes, but not good enough for the showcase.
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There is no more satisfying a feeling than being the collector of a set in a binder with blank pockets for cards you need to go in and then getting one of those cards and sliding it into the pocket reserved for it.
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Unless you're me. Nearly every set I've finished the last few cards were commons, or were cards of stars that were good enough to not be in commons boxes, but not good enough for the showcase.
Yeah, you may be right. I just sorted the first two lots down in 100's (the 3rd lot should arrive Friday) and I have more stars than I expected.

It'll be fun to see what's missing, what I have for dups, and which cards will need upgrades (I noticed a bunch of checklists and team cards that have been checked off - I think I'll need to upgrade those).
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There is no more satisfying a feeling than being the collector of a set in a binder with blank pockets for cards you need to go in and then getting one of those cards and sliding it into the pocket reserved for it.
I'm really looking forward to it. As soon as the third lot arrives, I'm going to dive in and see where it takes me!
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Best of luck and enjoy the journey!

I started a similar project a few years ago with 1973 Topps - still working on the last handful of cards but it's been a blast so far.
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