ARPSmith spoke up for the Giants I pulled in the 2014 Donruss Series 2 hobby box I won from Panini recently. (Still a lot of trade bait left there, btw!) In return, he hooked me up with a nice stack of '73 Topps, checking off a few cards from my list and upgrading a few others.
The highlight? Gotta go with the Davey Lopes high-number rookie.
And ol' "French Fries" himself, Pepe Frias.
Thanks for the trade, Adam! Adam himself is a card away from completing '73 Topps, but has arrived at the "tough schmidt" point. Tough Schmidt, indeed!
Shortly after Adam's package came in, I hit Sportlots and placed a decent order from one seller, checking off a bunch more 73s (in addition to several 2001 Topps Archives Reserve needs, but we'll save that for another post).
Good stuff! I can almost see the finish line on the horizon. With the card show coming up this weekend, I hope to land a few more needed cards, striving to reach the "tough schmidt" point myself. But as for now, here's where I'm at:
as of 9/22/14
Hey, cracked 80% complete! Nice.
What's really killing my ratio are the unnumbered team checklists. I've got zero of 24 cards from that little mail-in (?) sideset. Maybe I shouldn't count them in my official "1973 Topps master set" total. Also the manager variations.. do I really care if I have the cards with the coaches' photos background in orange and the cards with the coaches' photos background in brownish-orange?
Without those tricky team checklists and manager variations, I'd be looking at 100 cards left to go. Ah well, I'll keep them in my needslist for now, but we'll see if I give up and drop them once I wind up at tough schmidt. Anybody out there have an opinion on the matter?
Do you vintage set collectors out there worry about variations and insert-like sets, or do you just check off card #1 through the last numbered card and call it good?
As always, my needs are here and I'm up for trades. Thanks for stopping by.