I was interviewed for a story yesterday that I think is headed for a future issue in one of the Beckett magazines.
It's not the first time I've been interviewed about cards, but it doesn't come around all that often. I'm more used to being the one doing the interviewing.
But whether you are the interview-ee or the interview-er, you still have to do your research ahead of time, and I was doing that shortly before being peppered with questions.
In looking through my blog, I got a little sidetracked and put a list together of the sets I've discussed the most on NOC. I was somewhat surprised by the results.
I'll show the top five right now. No. 6 is the 1976 Topps set, that's why Luis Tiant is there. I didn't want to leave him out.
1. 1956 Topps (147 times)
2. 1972 Topps (140 times)
3. 1975 Topps (125 times)
4. 1977 Topps (102 times)
5. 1971 Topps (94 times)
All right, those of you who know me, or at least have been reading this blog for a few years, are probably stunned into silence. I'll get to that.
But, first, a couple of other observations.
The top two sets make sense because I've built each of them during the life of this blog (same with 1971). As I build the sets, I write lots of posts documenting the journey -- the greatness of a blog in action -- which automatically vaults those sets to the top.
Another interesting rating is 1977 Topps being so high. It is one of four sets I've written about more than 100 times, according to Blogger's labels feature. The '77 set is a little run-of-the-mill to outside observers, but not to me. It's the first set that I collected while watching games on TV, I was really getting to know the players on the cards. One of my early blog posts was how half of my sixth grade class actively collected the '77 set. Also '77 Topps is one of the greatest Transition Sets ever made, with the dawn of free agency and expansion in evidence on the cards. I've written about that multiple times.
All right, now for the two-tone elephant on the blog post.
How the heck is 1975 Topps THIRD? I am failing my public!
But actually it's not third. It's first. By, like, a lot.
That's because I have separate labels for 1975 Topps minis and 1975 Topps buybacks. When I add all those together, because it's ALL '75 Topps, there's no contest. 1975 Topps is now up to 280 mentions.
1975 Topps minis is ninth all by itself and the '75 buybacks are 12th!
If I combine those with the regular '75s, here is the top 10:
1. 1975 Topps: 280
2. 1956 Topps: 147
3. 1972 Topps: 140
4. 1977 Topps: 102
5. 1971 Topps: 94
6. 1976 Topps: 89
7. 1973 Topps: 87
8. 1970 Topps: 85
9. 1978 Topps: 76
10. 1974 Topps: 73
That's me, babbling about '70s cards all the damn time, when it's not the glorious 1956 set.
Here is the next 20:
11. 1979 Topps: 64
12. 2010 Topps: 59
13: 1967 Topps: 58
14. 1981 Topps: 54
15: 2009 Topps: 49
16. 1982 Fleer: 48
17. 1993 Upper Deck: 47
18. 2008 Allen & Ginter: 47
18. 2008 Heritage: 47
20. 1981 Fleer: 46
21. 1969 Topps: 44
22. 2009 OPC: 43
23. 2011 Topps: 42
23. 1982 Topps: 42
25. 2013 Topps: 41
25. 2011 Topps Lineage: 41
27. 1961 Topps: 40
27. 1980 Topps: 40
27. 1981 Donruss: 40
27. 2006 Topps: 40
OK, a couple weird ones in there, but it shows that I get obsessed with some sets for a brief period of time and write about them a whole bunch.
But even with dragging that list out to 30 sets, we still have not reached the set I discussed in this interview. No, it's not 1987 Topps. God forbid. That's tied for 43rd, and it's still too high.
No, the set I discussed is 35th all-time in mentions on my blog. I think I was contacted because I know a little bit about the set. Heck, I like to think I know something about the set, I love it.
But 1983 Topps, the set I consider the greatest of any set made in the '80s, the set released the spring of when I graduated from high school, the set I loved immediately the first moment I saw it, barely makes the top 40.
Oof. Some expert.
Anyway, check out the article whenever it shows up. If I hear anything more I'll let you know.
Also, in a little bit of a coincidence, I got approval for my next writing topic for Beckett today. So look for that at some point.