1972 Topps baseball, a 787 card set with “real” high numbers, is such a daunting set to collect that even though I’ve been picking up cards from the set for 35+ years, I always told myself I wasn’t actually working on completing the set, I was just buying cards I liked. I always took the attitude that I’d end up wherever I end up.
Sometime within in the lifespan of this blog (just about 2 years) I decided I would continue my general pattern of picking up cards here and there, but my official goal would be to finish Series 1 and see what happens from there.
A few months ago I completed Series 1 with this card of Billy Martin surreptitiously giving the photographer (and, consequently, all of us) the finger.
I’d never been a fan of Billy Martin in the 49 different times he’d managed the Yankees, but from numerous stories I’ve heard about “Billy The Kid” over the years, I feel fairly safe in saying that the man was a bit of an arse.
With Series 1 completed, I decided to work on series 2, and continue to accumulate any cheap cards from later series. Well, I’ve now completed Series 2 with a number of cards like these:
I’ve also made progress on Series 3 and 4, and picked up some lovely, cheap 5th and 6th series cards. At this point, I need 8 cards to complete the third series, and 16 cards to complete the fourth, plus I need only one high-numbered card to complete my Mets team set.
So at this point you’re probably asking if I’ve changed my goals and I’m working on completing the entire 1972 set.
Are you nuts? It’s too hard!