i finished the task in a few years (it was a low priority), but then decided to scrap the collection as i began putting together the 1965 and 1957 sets. now, i've decided to put together a "representative card" mini collection that will make it easier for me to see a great card from each topps flagship set from 1952 on.
i'll show off the cards occasionally, along with a reason for choosing that particular card. i won't use a card that is in my dodger collection, or any other collection for that matter, so i should wind up with a good variety.
i was alive when all of these cards were considered current year releases, although i was born after the 1970 world series. i have completed all of these sets, but am happy to have extras of a few favorites that i can put in to this collection. bring on the 70's!
1970 - bob locker
1971 - ken mcmullen
i got a kick out of billy crystal's interview in ken burns' "baseball" when he said that he thought huggins, ruth, and gehrig were buried out there - the monuments do look like headstones. i've never made it to a yankee home game, but when i do, i will spend some time in monument park.
1972 - jim hunter
1973 - willie maysken boswell instead. so, this willie gets to represent the 1973 set in this collection, even though it lacks the general weirdness of the set.
1974 - juan marichal
1975 - hank aaron
1976 - lou brock
you can tell that this brock card was a card that i looked at often, right?
1977 - reggie jackson
1978 - pete rose
1979 - willie stargell
up next, the 1980's represent! stay tuned...