The final card needed for my 1973 Topps set has arrived today. John Callison was the last to show up to the party out of the final five cards I purchased.
Allow me to explain.
I needed three cards to finish off the set, 535, 554 and 586. Those were the cards missing. I picked up an other 578 due to it having tape on the back and was the only card that was in dire need of replacement.
The fifth card comes from a big error on my part. I kept seeing the Harmon Killebrew card (card 170) in places. The local shop. The past few shows. Online. The weird part was I didn't recognize it. I checked my binder and what did I see in the slot where card 170 goes? How about a double of card 168, Jim Northrup? Jim was in his proper position as well, meaning I messed up and put two of the same card on the same page. No idea how it happened but now I needed the Killebrew and I found him cheap online as well.
So there it is. The final five have arrived and the set is complete. How did I do though?
Well, let's do a little math. Or at least stats, I've already done the math.
I kept track of everything regarding 1973 purchases. How many cards, how many I needed, how much, where I got them and even cost per card. Nothing got bought without it being logged onto my chart here. Its handwritten so I don't have it on here but here are the final totals:
Total cards purchased: 1071 (in the beginning I picked up lots just to get the set started off)
Total cost of all cards/lots purchased: $336.81
Cards needed out of total purchased: 686 (684 in the set total, including the blue checklists)
Cost per card (average): $0.49
Not too shabby but I recently sold a lot of 152 cards for $45.00. Subtracting that brings my totals to this:
Total cards purchased: 919
Total cost of all cards/lots purchased: $291.81
Cost per card (average): $0.42
I started about 2 weeks before Christmas, so thats close to three months. Completing the project for under $300 is really good, I feel. The average price for a set sold on eBay is about $400, maybe $350. All things considered I think I beat this one out, plus it was a bunch of fun to collect and piece together myself. I am doing the same thing with the 1971 set too, so we'll see how well I do on that one.
Feels good to finish off a set almost 40 years old. Let's hope 1971 goes just as smoothly.
(Don't forget to cast your pick from yesterday's post!)