It seems that one of the tenets of OBC is condition doesn't rank very high in importance. Sure, everyone wants that nice Gem Mint but I'd much rather have loved and used cards than a stack of pristine cardboard.
Since I'm just starting to get into the world of vintage I don't really have a want list of vintagey cards. I've been leaning more towards collecting type cards. Examples, you know.
I recently picked up a trio of 1971 Topps Cubs from Listia. It is the set that I first remember having cards. Jake saw that and hopped on the nostalgia band wagon. I didn't want to start becoming a set collector. Especially of that set. Having decided that condition is not primary, it still would take a bit of coin to complete that set.
Let's take a look at three of the cards Jake sent my way.
Some previous owner decided to frame "World Champions" inside the year that they won.
World Champions (card # 1)
The back is interesting as it lists both the St. Louis Browns and the Baltimore Orioles team records. I don't know why they didn't include the 1901 Milwaukee Brewers in there. I haven't checked that team's records but I do know that they finished 8th in the American League with a 48-89 record. More research to be done. For those of you who don't remember or plain just don't know, the Browns became the Orioles for the 1954 season.
Most everyone loves League Leader cards. I know I do. Alex Johnson had the same BA as Yaz, but he had 16 more hits. I would have given him the title as well.
1970 AL Batting Leaders (card # 61)
Joe Pepitone. According to the back of his card he's always controversial. Way to choke up on the bat, Joe. Take a look at the card above. See how Tony holds his bat? Why don't you try it the same way? And nice sideburns.
Joe Pepitone (card # 90)
So, I still really don't want to complete this set, but I will keep adding to what I have. I've set up a checklist/wantlist but I'm highly confused. I've divided up my list in six series, as per the number of checklist cards in the set. Other sites on the internet talk about seven series. I'm not sure where they came up with that number. The final series may not have been widely distributed or printed to the degree that the earlier series were but was it six or seven? That should be easy to figure out. Any 1971 set experts out there care to help?
Speaking of help, if you're in a trade with me right now, or wish to be, and you just can't seem to find that Earl Wilson Chem-Toy ball or that elusive 1 of 1 Hershiser, here's your chance. Take a look at my 1971 checklist/wantlist. Help a fellow out. I'll never turn down a PWE.