A Well-Loved Nolan Ryan, Other 1971s and Weigh-In #71

At a recent show I made some unexpected progress towards a two goals involving 1971 Topps baseball.  I made a little bit of progress towards the set, which is a long-term goal at this point because I’m only about halfway done with the set, and I want to complete 1972 (90% complete) and/or 1970 (85% complete) before I get any kind of serious about 1971.

Before I get into that too much, I’m going to admit that a decent chunk of this post is dedicated to one of my “Weigh-Ins”, which tracks my progress in organizing and streamlining my collection… but I’ll get back to that.

At the show I also made unexpected progress towards my goals of completing vintage Mets team sets.  For at least a year or two, all four of my Mets team sets from 1968 to 1971 all had the same status:  “Got everything but Nolan Ryan”.

So I was pleased to run across this card at the show:

It’s got surface wear, it’s got dinged-up corners, it’s got something written on the left-hand side – possibly “AUGIES” – but on the other hand it was under $20 and I don’t care about the rest.

It also goes well with my Steve Garvey rookie I picked up about 10 years ago…

So now that I have completed my 1971 Mets team set, I only need the 1970 Nolan Ryan card to finish off my run of 1970s Mets Topps sets. The 1960’s is a different story between Ryan, Seaver and those tough 1966 high numbers.

So aside from featuring these 1971 cards, I also wanted to go public with a Weigh-In… and it wasn’t until I started writing this post that I realized that this is Weigh-In #71.  I never intended to feature 1971 cards in Weigh-In #71, but it’s a theme I might have to go with going forward… I’ll have to start thinking of 1972 cards to feature for #72.

So here is my official “Mission Statement” for these posts: Posting updates on the organizing and streamlining of my collection gives me a look at the big picture, keeps me honest and helps with motivation and/or guilt.

…and here’s the first of several other 1971s I picked up at this show…

Changes since the last weigh-in (from 4/10/2021 to 7/7/2021):
Net change in the collection: +343 (354 added, 11 removed)
Net change to the # of cards in the house: +466 (522 came in, 56 went out)

My second quarter of 2021 fell into three phases:
1) April through mid-May: Yay, I can find retail! Oh, wait, it’s gone again
2) First card show in 16 months!
3) Organize, organize, organize.

Totals since I started tracking on 10/16/2011:
Total # of cards purged from the collection, to date: 15,033
Net change to the collection, to date: +6,850

Total # of cards which have left the house, to date: 53,203
Net change to the number of cards in the house, to date: -12,725

In my last weigh-in, I said there would likely be an upward trend in cards leaving the house, but that still hasn’t happened. 3rd quarter for sure!

Size of the collection:
Number of individual cards tracked in my Access database: 71,430
Number of cards that make up the sets flagged as completed in my Access database: 12,491

…which means I’ve got at least 83,921 cards in my collection

Money spent on cards:
This quarter (does not count money spent on show admission, shipping, supplies, etc): $244.38

As you can see, my average spending per month is still significantly down from the past few years…
Average per month for 2021 so far: $45.56
Average per month for 2020: $76.66
Average per month for 2019: $80.38
Average per month for 2018: $79.03
Average per month for 2017: $43.63
Average per month for 2016: $36.11

I didn’t track my spending before 2016. In 2016 and 2017 I didn’t go to as many card shows because there weren’t any local shows, and I made the 5 hour roundtrip to a regional card show only once or twice a year.

Size of my MS Access card database:
I track my collection in a Microsoft Access database of my own creation. There’s quite a bit of work involved in keeping it up-to-date, so I like to satisfy my own curiosity by finding out how much information is currently in my database.

My database currently contains 1,001 set definitions (up 6 from the last weigh-in) and
247,290 card definitions (up 130 from the last weigh-in).

It’s important to point out that this is merely the number of sets and cards which are represented within my database; for example, although I have no cards from 1949 Bowman, that set represents 1 set definition and 240 card definitions.\

3 thoughts on “A Well-Loved Nolan Ryan, Other 1971s and Weigh-In #71

  1. Believe it or not, your ’71 Ryan is in better shape than mine! My copy looks like it went through a partial wash at the laundromat.

  2. Love the 1971 Topps design, tough set to complete. It’s too bad Topps didn’t try team name in caps & players & positions in small font on other sets. The only other set could be 1970.

  3. A. That 1971 Nolan Ryan is gorgeous. Congratulations on completing the team set.

    B. My average monthly spending is way down this year as well. Actually my cutbacks started back in January of 2020.

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