Monday, April 9, 2012

99.6% = 100% - 3 cards

I've returned from a trip and am trying to get my bearings back, while plunging head-long into hateful work again.

Easter was fine, thanks for asking. It's a bit unusual celebrating holidays while monitoring food intake, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. There were plenty of other ways to have a good time. And it helps that baseball has returned to the airwaves.

I don't have much time today, so I thought I'd show a small mailing that I received that packs a lot of punch.

This package featured a few more cards from Greg, who is always finding cool stuff for me.

He sent me three cards for my 1971 Topps completion quest, which you will find here:


#526 - Ray Jarvis. He looks like he has one of those laser pointers targeting his forehead. Yikes. Let's not think about that.


#529 - 1971 Rookie Stars, National League. Or "Bill Buckner's Second Rookie Card." His real rookie card is in the 1970 set. I need another one of these cards for the Dodger collection. But, again, let's not think about that.


#671 - Bill Voss. A super high-number item. So, I am thrilled by this card, and I haven't even mentioned the spring training mountain in Arizona whose name I always forget.

As you know, whenever I acquire 1971 needs, I calculate the percentage of the set that I now own. But Greg sent along a note with the new percentage:


I love it when people do my math for me.

99.6 percent!

I need just three cards to finish off the set, which I may or may not be able to pick up this weekend. Two are super high numbers, which shouldn't be too difficult to find. The other is Roberto Clemente, which I will probably have to land online because I'll never find one for a reasonable cost at this weekend's card show.

If you knew how cool I thought the 1971 set was at age 13 and how unattainable I thought a complete set of '71s was for the following three decades, you would understand how crazy it is that I am this close to finishing off the project.

But in the event you are unfathomably bored by '71s, here is the other card that came in the package:


That is a hard-signed, hand-numbered autograph card of Maury Wills.

I'm sorry if I don't sound as excited as I should be. But you missed the happy dance.

I still think it's tremendous.


And once again, I am to be congratulated.

So cool.

See now, wasn't that a wonderfully brief post, but still very impressive?

I've got to run again I'm afraid. I have had almost no chance to read anyone's blogs since Thursday. I will try to catch up in the days to come, but that might be a little difficult. So if there are any absolute must-reads, please point me in the right direction.

6 comments:

  1. You got the moves like Jagger. Or did you eat something that didn't agree with your tummy?

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  2. Happy belated Easter and congrats to being so close. I have started working on sets for 75, 70 and 73 over the past couple months and can't imagine getting so close. Enjoy the show and good luck finding those cards.

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  3. Thought I had just completed my '71 set after a show last weekend too, but found one high number missing (Ron Swoboda). Would have rather had Vida Blue (and Aaron, Perez and Clemente) be my last four, but gremlins are a bitch.

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  4. So, I won't give details about all of the junk I ate yesterday and today.

    I hope that you do better than I did in completing the 1971 set. Of my ten collector friends only one would part with the Billy Martin manager card. I know I gave up a handful of cards, mostly stars. As a nine-year old in the prehistoric days without price guides, I didn't care what it took.

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  5. Congrats on coming so close. I am working on a 69-76 run and right now it is just a pipe dream to come that close on any of those sets.

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  6. An on-card Maury Wills gets 2nd nod (and deservedly so)? That's a helluva post!

    -Lifetimetopps

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