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Don't ask questions, just send 'em to me

I received a note in the mail the other day.

It was from Jeffrey of Cardboard Catastrophes. He wanted to know how semi-high-number 1970 Topps cards ended up in the dollar box at a recent card show he attended.

Well, yeah, that's definitely a question. It's not my only question. Another question I have is "who the heck is holding a card show at a time like this?" But that's just me.

But probably I shouldn't be asking any questions at all. Because if all of the above didn't happen -- the card show, the dollar box, the generosity of fellow bloggers -- then I wouldn't have ended up with semi-high numbers from 1970 Topps.

It's really not a time for questions when you stumble across such a find. Just keep the lips zipped and send directly to night owl.

All of these guys rest between cards #576 and #612 in the set. Packages like this make my set questing so much easier.

But, wait, there's more!

There aren't high numbers or even semi-high numbers…
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The pop culture tax

This isn't really a complaint, just something interesting that I've been noticing.

I'm working on wrapping up a couple of '70s-centric sets right now, getting down to those last 10-20-30 cards, and the usual candidates are being evasive.

I wish I could pick up all the stars early in my set-building quests so the end of the build isn't quite so painful but it never ends up that way. The best of the best usually take the most effort. But I expect that.

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The other two were Dodgers, already in my Dodger binders but that doesn't help me complete the set now, does it?

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