when i first started collecting baseball cards, i was a set collector primarily. even more than a team collector, as i would put the first dodger cards i pulled into the set, and only take a double for my team set. later, my dad got me into specific player collections, but still - the set came first. as a result, i put together every topps, fleer, and donruss set from 1978 through 1987 by busting wax. i believe i have all of the topps sets from 1988 through 2008 as well, with maybe about half of those being hand collated.
more recently, i have gone back and completed the set of my birth year (1970), as well as the 1973, 1976 and 1977 topps sets, and, i am actively working on my 1971 set. if i were to collect another set from the 1970's, it wouldn't be 1975 (can't stand it) or 1974 (kind of blah in my opinion). no, it would be the 1972 set.
i probably have a couple of hundred 1972 topps cards (not counting my complete dodger team set and my separate binder with the 1978 topps dodgers as they were featured in 1972), but i did not own one of the most popular cards from the set until recently, however. that's when matt at heartbreaking cards of staggering genius sent me a copy of the billy cowan card with the strategically placed 'big a' at the stadium formerly known as angels' stadiumpicked up a handful of them at one of my local card shops, just a couple of days after i had been there for the first time. thanks matt!
meanwhile, captain canuck pulled together a package of dodgers for me which included this beauty - jose pena rocking the knuckleballer's number
the captain also sent me some newer, shiny cards. like this 2005 playoff absolute memorabilia duke snider card
here's a 2005 topps pristine steve garvey card
here's a card that looks better scanned, a 2006 upper deck future stars eric gagne
speaking of the downward slope, here's a 2007 topps insert of luis gonzalez
here's a 2007 upper deck elements card of rafael furcal
i'll finish up with a 2008 upper deck starquest insert of russell martin
thanks a lot matt and captain. i am sure we will do this again soon!