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This set collector is neglecting a set

I've been pretty lax on my 1970 Topps set-building mission.

When I look at what I've purchased for cards over the last few months, almost none of it has been related to this set. Here is a look at where my card mind is at lately, based on what I've acquired recently and what is sitting in my carts:

-- 1975 Topps buybacks
-- 1967 and 1956 Topps
-- Dodgers (of course)
-- 2020 Heritage
-- 1970s Kellogg's
-- 1970s Hostess
-- TCMA issues
-- music cards
-- 1977 Topps football
-- '80s Fleer sets
-- '70s Wacky Packages
-- late '70s/early '80s minor league cards

All great stuff there, but there is just one 1970 Topps card in my COMC cart.

I'm not going to apologize for what I'm interested in with my hobby, it's one of the few areas in life where you don't have to justify what you're doing at any given moment (makes me wonder why everybody isn't collecting). But I do feel just a little guilty about my '70 Topps neglect.

I am the '70s card collecting guy -- or one of them anyway. And I am attempting to finish all of the Topps sets from the '70s, and 1970 Topps is the very last one I need to complete. It would be nice if I could get my butt moving on this.

So I did the cheapest thing I could do while showing that I care about the 1970 set. I finally made a want list for it. It's on my want list page now.

Truthfully, that didn't exactly make me feel better.

Half or more of the want list is high numbers or semi-high numbers. I'm already dealing with this with the 1967 Topps set and I'm still recuperating from 1972 Topps high number fatigue. I think this is actually a reason why I haven't done a lot with the '70 set. Grabbing a few cards from 1983 Fleer or a couple of Wacky Pack stickers is so much easier/cheaper.

But we set collectors will not fold that easily. We were made tough. We don't cherry-pick cards or purchase entire sets because traditional set-collecting is "too hard." Completing a set mission through trades, periodic purchases, card show visits, etc., is one of the greatest highs that life has to offer. So I'm certainly not abandoning my 1970 Topps quest.

I'll just say it's "on hiatus," I guess.

Anyway, I did receive a 1970 Topps need a few days ago from John at Johnny's Trading Spot. It was part of my latest Big Fun Game winnings, which was four cards of '70s vintage.

That McCovey-topped NL RBI leaders card is a little bit crispy but I don't know if I'll try to upgrade it. Upgrading for a set from this era is mostly related to major creases and such. This is fine.

 Here is another need from that group. The 1969 Topps set is one of those distant "maybe I'll collect someday" sets. It means something to me because I saw quite a few '69 cards when I was a youngster and, goodness, they seemed ancient and very primitive.

I even have a binder devoted to that someday '69 set. I think I'll attempt to remove the wax stains off of Lippin' Leo here and add it to that binder.

The other two cards I won are up for grabs. I've completed the '72 and '74 sets and I don't really need any extras. These are a bit loved but maybe they'll fit into someone's collection.

Johnny is still looking for some players in Friday's next Big Fun Game. I can't join this one as I've already played, but surely somebody wants the chance at some free cards, right?

Just don't win any 1970 Topps that I need. I don't know how I'd explain that to the lax set collector who lives in my house.


Thanks for the pimp. BTW, I have thousands of 1970 Topps dupes.
bbcardz said…
The 1970 set is one that will likely take a very long time for me to complete. Out of this 720-card set, I'm only at 41%. Judging by your want list, we're both pretty much in the same boat.
I also have been neglecting my 1970 set. I started collecting it in earnest around 2010, after reading a bunch of posts on Wrigley Wax's blog. Prior to that, I only had the 1970 Phillies cards.

But I've been stuck on 95% for about 6 years now.
Nick Vossbrink said…
Hmm. Have never played the Big Fun Game. Also am never free Friday evenings though.

1970's a tough set to get inspired by. Some fun photos and the Pilots cards but other than that there's neither anything eye-catching/splashy nor any subtle design work going on. I do like the backs though.
Bo said…
From what I have seen, 1970 appears to have been very plentiful in the first half of the set, especially the first series, and much scarcer in the second half.
Matt Traylor said…
Just not a huge fan of 1970 Topps. Beyond the Hank Aaron (reverse negative) signing autographs card, it's just really drab.
Mark Hoyle said…
I’ve got to finish it as well probably 70% complete. Hs e just kind of stepped away from it.
Fuji said…
I've definitely wimped out with age. I'll build a few sets here and there... but most of the time I just go out and purchase it. It's not because it's too hard though. It has to do with getting the most bang from my buck... as well as a lack of patience. But I do see how completing a set that took years to accomplish and required numerous trades could be very, very, very rewarding. Best of luck on this set build.
Scott Crawford said…
I may still have some for you. I've got the boxes out, just gotta make some time to look through your list.
carlsonjok said…
I'm only 3 cards away from finishing 1970 (and the whole '70s run.) I'll check my duplicates against your want list and see if I have any.

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