This is the start of a new series. Unlike some of the others, I think this one is here to stay. There is minimal work involved and virtually no thinking. Just pull and scan the cards.
Actually, this series came about because I've begun work on another series -- the top 100 cards of the 1970s. I've finally started pulling some cards for that. But I'm still a long, long way from beginning the countdown show.
Here, all I'm going to do is display a complete team set. It has to be a set that I own. I'll pick whatever team set interests me and then show all the cards.
I'll start it off with perhaps the greatest team set of all-time, the 1974 Topps Oakland A's.
Here it is in all of its gaudy glory:
I'm leaving out cards like the 4-player rookie cards (sorry Glenn Abbott and Manny Trillo) and postseason cards to preserve continuity. In other words, they'll mess up the color theme.
And now for the rundown:
Favorite card runners-up: 5. Ken Holtzman; 4. Dick Green; 3. John Odom; 2. Rollie Fingers
Favorite element on the back: Rollie Fingers cartoon.
Famous error card: Jesus Alou. (Version that does not list "outfield" on card front).
Team's claim to fame: Third of three straight World Series champions.
Player I've talked to: Ted Kubiak.
Most interesting card: A tie between Darold Knowles and Bob Locker.
Knowles features a Texas Ranger on second base. The Ranger is Jim Mason, who is waiting for Knowles to warm up. Locker features a real live A's cap on his head, which is unusual for the '74 traded set. My guess is Topps got a photo of Locker from his first stint with the A's in 1972.
Former or future Dodgers: Bill North, Vic Davalillo.
Favorite card in the team set:
#369 - Paul Lindblad
Thank you for joining me for "joy of a team set".