Here's a new collecting project of mine I'm really excited about.. a Vintage Frankenset!
Three simple rules for consideration:
- Seeing as 1981 was when non-Topps cards became mainstream, this felt like a good cut-off point, and so cards released up through 1980 are eligible, though generally speaking "the older, the better" for this project.
- Must fit in a standard top-loader
- I've decided to house this project in a box, not binder. This will allow cards from different sized sets to be intermingled. Just have to fit in a standard top-loader, ruling out large cards.
- No flagship Topps baseball allowed
- This is sort of a sister project to my active Topps Flagship binder-- attempting to fill one page from each flagship baseball set, 1951-1980-- so it would feel redundant to allow those cards into this frankenset.
Those are my working guidelines. Oh, and I'm tentatively capping the frankenset at 333 cards, so any card numbered 334 or higher wouldn't be eligible. I'll try to not repeat sets and players too often, but won't go as far as to prohibit a little repetition. It'll be a "living project" in that a card is never permanently "locked in" and any incoming challenger will be evaluated in good faith. This is my first real frankenset, as the only other one I've got going is my 2011 Topps parallel frankenset, but that doesn't really count since at the end of the day it's all 2011 Topps cards.
This project will hopefully span a wide range of sets. I've got a subgoal to include at least one card from every Bowman set (1948-1955), every Hostess set (1975-1979), and maybe even one card from every eligible O-Pee-Chee baseball set (1965-1980), as well as all Topps football, hockey, and basketball sets from that period. Non-sports are welcome, too. This project will hopefully satisfy my interest in all these vintage sets and save me the undertaking of actually trying to complete any of them. I'm kinda thinking of it as a catch-all for all the non-Topps vintage sets I might consider collecting at some point. Now I can erase them from the "maybe someday" mental list and just get a sampler of them into this frankenset. I've got way too many setbuilds in the works already, so this should help.
I came up with this idea and started drafting this post back in September but waited to post it until I moved because I figure this'll hopefully stir up some trades. And then it took me a few days to find it after the move because it was buried in a box within another box, but now I've found it.
"It's coming along pretty well and it's helping spice up my collecting headspace for the moment. Always fun to be excited about a new collecting project!" is what I drafted last month. The move has caused me to not spend much time on cards the past couple weeks, but as we get settled in, I hope to have more quality time to spend with my collection.
Though this isn't a bindered project, for blogging purposes, I'll plan to treat it how frankensets are typically handled on the blogs, which is to say each 9 cards are considered to be grouped as a page. So like, when I complete a new "page" is likely when I'd do a post featuring those 9 cards, you know? So when you see that I posted a new Vintage Frankenset post, you know you'll be in for a blast of 9 random-ass trading cards from back in the day. I think that'll make for some fun posts for us!
My plan-- at least to start-- is to take the frankenset in order.. like, today's post will contain "page 1" (cards 1-9). Then soon enough, I'll do "page 2" (cards 10-18), and so on. But I might have to start jumping around depending on how quickly I'm able to fill empty slots and complete pages. I'd like to rely heavily on trades rather than going out and purchasing cards specifically for this project. That would feel like going against the spirit of the idea, but perhaps I'll make an occasional exception and snag a neat card with its place in the frankenset being a motivating factor. We'll see!
But with all that out of the way, let's check out how "Page 1" is looking so far.
9 1922 Wills Do You Know #9 Do You Know What Causes the Blue Sky?
The first page of my vintage frankenset closes how it began, with a prewar tobacco mini from England. (Back in the day, these were called "f@g cards" [f@g being British slang for cigarette], but that's a bad word for us on this side of the ocean, so we'll just call them UK tobacco minis.) But yeah, these things are awesome for adding ~100 year old cards to your card collection for cheap. Love the artwork on this one featuring a beautiful day at the beach.
To recap, I think it's a pretty solid opening page of my vintage frankenset. I'd love an old hockey card to swap in for the #6 or 8 slots, since that's one major sport I wasn't able to work in with these initial nine.
If you'd like to help find me cards for this project, or simply want "spoilers" to see what else I've got in it so far, I've got a Google Sheets spreadsheet up here. Page 2 could use candidates for #12 and 15.. then expect another post not too long after I've filled at least one of those numbers.