Saturday, December 31, 2016

Card #24 - Dave Frost

The Card
Now introducing Dave Frost, our first California Angel in the Topps set.  And yes, I said "California."  Not "Southern California and greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area which may or may not include San Diego here in Anaheim, and by Anaheim we really mean Orange County, JK, just wear our hat instead of Dodger blue" Angels.  Just go back to "California" already, Angels!  Your current geographic title is just silly.

The Story
I got this at my local card shop, though I swear I owned it before.  I wonder if it was in my brother's collection...

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Topps would have a hard time finding a better conditioned card to put a foil stamp on and place back in their packs to celebrate some random anniversary.  But the picture is blurry - not sure if that's all Dave Frost cards or if I just have a bum copy.

The Verdict
Insert some clever pun for the last name Frost here - I'm suffering brain freeze right now.  #seewhatididthere?

Monday, December 26, 2016

Secret Santa!

Merry Christmas, friends!

I had the awesome experience of participating in Bob Walk the Plank's "secret Santa" baseball card exchange, and the haul above was part of the gift I received!  Nick over at Dime Boxes got stuck with my  name but man, he sure did deliver.  He knocked off all five of the cards on my "current targets" list, which is impressive since it includes two Hall of Famers and one who is soon to be (fingers crossed for Tim Raines)!

But Nick wasn't done!

He saw that I am a big Orioles fan and gave me these three beauties.  That's a chromed-out Hyun-Soo Kim update series card, a #1202/2016 Brad Brach card (I hope we don't end up trading him), and maybe coolest of all, a Wade Miley that is #46 out of a 50 card print.

But Nick still wasn't done!  He threw in some vintage too!!!


These are the first 1971 Topps in my collection and I don't plan on making them the last!

Thanks again, Nick - I loved this package of cards!  I hope the rest of you are having a happy holiday...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Card #23 - Willie Hernandez

The Card
I know Hernandez played six and a half seasons with the Cubs, so the denizens of Chicago aren't shocked by this uniform, but I lived for several years in southeast Michigan...where Willie is a LEGEND for his role with the World Series winning Detroit Tigers in 1984.  That "c" on his cap is cute and all, but he'll always wear the old English "D" in my mind's eye.

The Story
I was giddy to find this in the commons box at my card shop.  That's the 1984 MVP!  He pitched 140 innings that year - ALL IN RELIEF!  WITH A 1.92 E.R.A.!!!

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
I can't find a thing wrong with it.

The Verdict
Did I mention his three All-Star teams, and the Cy Young award too?  No?  Yeah, Willie is the man.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Card #22 - Jim Beattie

The Card
Your eyes do not deceive you - that is indeed our first Mariners card on the blog!

But that isn't the most majestic thing about it, not by a long shot.  No, you've got Seattle's best logo in a history of terrible logos combined with a spring training trucker hat. Every Mariner fan in the country would be happy to get one of those under the tree this Christmas!

The Story
I lived in Seattle in the mid-80's, so Jim Beattie is right in my sentimental wheelhouse.  But even better, this card is part of my original collection!  That's right, I've toted it around for almost 35 years.  It even survived my common cards purge of 2002.  Oh to have all those 1991 Donruss cards back...

The Price
Free - thanks Dad!

The Condition
Like most of my original cards from 1982, you can tell a kid beat it up pretty well over the years.  The scan didn't pick it up well, but there are multiple creases and the corners are more circular than angular.

The Verdict
Jim Beattie is looking in at the sign in the picture...and that sign must be, "cool card, off-speed, inside corner."

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Card #21 - Baltimore Orioles Future Stars


The Card
Here it is friends, the Holy Grail of the 1982 Topps set.  The CAL RIPKEN rookie card!!!

I've mentioned this before, but I am a lifelong Orioles fan.  And though Eddie Murray has always and will always be my very favorite player, Cal Ripken is the undisputed #2 on my list.  I knew going into this project this card would be my white whale, but I forgot it was so early in the set!

The Story
I'm still very much a noob when it comes to modern day collecting, especially when it comes to buying cards online.  So it was with equal parts excitement and trepidation when I made my first COMC.com purchase to secure this Ripken rookie.  The excitement came from the fact I was finally going to own a card I never had before, one that was important to me as an O's fan but that had eluded me for 35 years.  When I did the bulk of my collecting in the late 80's and early 90's, there was no internet to purchase from, and any card show or card shop I saw this in had a price tag that far exceeded my allowance.  So I was pretty pumped to give my credit card number over the interwebs to get Bonner, Schneider, and Ripken in return.

When my package arrived (I was very pleased with how fast and securely COMC delivered it) I was so over the moon I pushed out a tweet about it.  I was finally holding Ripken's rookie card in my own hands!

And then something incredible happened.  I follow a lot of you and the baseball card blogs you write and am always amazed by the generosity fellow collectors demonstrate with each other.  It's so neat to read how a blogger will get a gift of cardboard from a peer across the country.  Then, low and behold, it happened to me!  Scot (@zappa99) shot me a message on Twitter, saying he was enjoying my excitement about the 1982 set and that he wanted to send me a Cal Ripken too.

WHAT!?!?  A card I went over three decades without owning, and now I have two!?

I was absolutely floored by Scot's generosity.  Now I have a Ripken for the '82 binder and my main collection.  I haven't stopped grinning yet.

The Price
I didn't want to spend a fortune on this card, as I've seen cards listed at $80 in superior condition.  I was willing to get one that was roughed up - it kind of feels more authentic that way anyway!  My COMC card was $7.99.  (Scot's was free!)

The Condition
Just as the preview pane and COMC description described, the corners are definitely fuzzy.  It's a tad off-center, but it's fine enough by my cheaper standards.  The one I got for free is in much better shape, which makes me all the more grateful.

The Verdict
Dude.  Dude!  DUUUUUUDDDDEEEE!!!!  I have Cal Ripken's rookie card!!!!  Check that, I HAVE TWO!!!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Card #20 - Garry Maddox

The Card
You're looking at one of the best beards in Major League history - the one and only Garry Maddox!  This is a sweet looking card, too, though I'm not a big fan of the orange in the hockey stick.

Maddox roamed the outfield for the Phillies for over a decade, one of their classic all-time players.  Quick question, though - what's that in his back pocket???

The Story
I got this in the common's bin at my card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's in good shape, though it's a bit off-center, shorter on the right side.

The Verdict
This card exudes coolness.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Card #19 - Ernie Whitt

The Card
Ladies and gentleman, the greatest catcher in Toronto Blue Jays history...Ernie Whitt!

He never stuck at the big league level until his late 20's, but Whitt was the main man behind the plate for Toronto for the entire decade of the 80's.  You know what else was solid for the Blue Jays during that decade?  The block lettering on their jerseys.  That's good stuff right there.

One of my good buddies in college went to high school with Ernie Whitt's daughter, so basically, me and Ernie are pretty tight.

The Story
Another treasure I discovered in the common's box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
I'm sorry, did you say "condition," or "conditioner," because Whitt's hair is on point!  Look at those flowing locks!

The Verdict
How did Whitt only have one All-Star appearance in his career?  He basically had the same season like nine times in a row.  That's an outrage!  That being said, I can't think of a better first Toronto card for the binder than this one.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Page #2

Second page complete!  Which card is your favorite?  Vote in the poll to the right - the top card from each page will face off in a tournament to determine the BEST CARD IN THE SET.


My Favorite Card On This Page:
The Ron Guidry "in action" has been in my collection since I was seven years old, and that Ellis Valentine is phenomenal, but I have to go with...Darrell Evans!

My Least Favorite Card On This Page:
Steve Comer.  *crickets chirping*


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Card #18 - Fernando Arroyo

The Card
I had no idea who this was until I saw this card for the first time a few weeks ago.  Arroyo bounced from the majors to the minors between 1975 and 1986.  In fact, he would be released by the Twins in early 1982 and then signed with Oakland.  He appeared in ten games with the Athletics and then was back to the minors for FOUR years until he reappeared in one last game in August of 1986.  With two outs in the top of the ninth, he walked three straight batters before getting lifted.  Egads - what a crazy, painful final game in the big leagues!

The Story
Just another find in the common's box.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
We've got a first for the blog, and I'm even going to add a label for it because I love it so much.  Click on the card and look at Arroyo's right shoulder.  That's right...BUBBLE GUM STAIN!!!  YES!!!

The Verdict
This is the wrong 1982 Fernando to have in your collection.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Card #17 - Darrell Evans

The Card
Oh man do I love Darrell Evans!  The longevity of his career, the home runs, the walks, '84 Tigers...his list of positive attributes goes on for days.  And I haven't even mentioned the time he signed a card for me as a kid while I was hanging on the rail at old Arlington Stadium.  Darrell Evans loves children - he's a man of the people!

Check out this posed but sweet picture, too.  Arm on knee, other hand using the bat for balance.  That's a strong look.  That million dollar smile ain't shabby either.  As you can tell, I likethiscardalot.

The Story
I found this one in the common's bin (!!!) at my local card shop.

The Price
I think I paid a bit more than common price but I don't recall exactly.  Maybe $0.25?

The Condition
Excellent!

The Verdict
I like this card so much I made it part of the background montage for the blog.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Card #16 - Steve Comer

The Card
You can't see it too clearly, but that Rangers font on the front of the jersey sure brings back memories.  I lived a couple of hours north of Arlington in the early eighties, and my first ever game was the Rangers.  I remember getting wristbands at the ballpark and that font being on them.  Nostalgia!

Look closely too - pretty sure that's a mesh-backed trucker's cap, a classic indicator that Steve Comer snapped this pic at Spring Training.  That shouldn't be surprising, since most of these cards come from Spring Training shots...

The Story
One of the many cards I've picked up in the common's box at Bankston's.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Pretty close to perfect - my scanner couldn't pick up the right or bottom edges.

The Verdict
It's fun to have the first Texas Rangers card on the blog...but this is about as generic as it gets.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Card #15 - Ellis Valentine

The Card
What a great card!  Ellis has that big smile with a bat resting on the shoulder, the batting cage is behind him in what certainly looks like old Shea Stadium.  The blue/pink of the hockey stick design somehow compliments the orange of the Mets' uniform.  This is spectacular!

Valentine had a wild, volatile career that was over at just 31 years old.  He was a star outfielder with a cannon arm in the late 1970's with the Montreal Expos, but injuries, trades, addiction issues, and spouting off in the press all contributed to an early exit.  To old school Montreal fans, though, he certainly holds a place in their hearts.

The Story
This was in the commons bin at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Pretty good minus some slight wear and tear on the corners.

The Verdict
I really dig this card - it stands out in the binder page.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Card #14 - Steve Howe

The Card
So many mixed emotions whenever you look at a Steve Howe card.  The brilliant reliever derailed soon after his 1982 season and never quite got back on track, including his eventual death by car accident in 2006.  He had meth in his system according to toxicology reports.

The 1982 cards are also known for their "autographs," and I couldn't help but notice Steve's signature uses a thicker pen than most of the others.

The Story
If current card culture was the same in 1982 as it is today, I'd bet this would have been a highly coveted card.  But alas, I found it in the commons box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's a bit off-center but in otherwise excellent condition.

The Verdict
Rest in Peace, Steve.


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Card #13 - Lamar Johnson

The Card
I wrote about this once on my 1988 Topps blog, but I LOVE these 1980's warm-up jackets.  When I played little league back then I was on the White Sox, and I remember how cool it was when we got one in addition to the standard jersey they passed out.

This is a fun, candid shot of the former first sacker for the Pale Hose.  Johnson would be out of baseball as a player after the 1982 season but had a long career after that as a hitting instructor at the minor and major league level.

The Story
I bought this at my local card shop this year, but I swore I used to own it as a kid.  I'm wondering if it was in my brother's collection?

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
This card is just about perfect.  Crisp, centered, it's in great shape.

The Verdict
You had me at "warm-up jacket."



Monday, October 31, 2016

Card #12 - Moose Haas

The Card
Mooooooooooose!!!

Haas reminds most Brewers fans of a certain era in their history, especially that magical 1982 team that almost won it all.

The Story
Just another card from my first stack of commons from my local card shop.  The Brewers' hockey stick colors blend well with their uniforms.  And God bless the logo on this hat - I still remember my mind being BLOWN when my dad pointed out it was an "M" and a "B."

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Could be better...not exactly centered well, and the bottom two corners used to be sharper.

The Verdict
I wish I knew what Moose was looking at.  Check out the signature though - he was Moose through and through.  Or should I say "threw and threw"?   HAH!  Get it!?!?!  ....'cause he's a pitcher?  No?  Shut up?  Ok.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Card #11 - Gary Alexander

The Card
You're looking at the swansong card for Mr. Gary Alexander, who once led the league in strikeouts (1978) while posting a decent .743 OPS.

The Story
I'd never seen this card before stumbling across it in the commons box at my local card shop.  It's cool looking, though.  That's an old school chest protector.  Catcher cards are always the best, right?

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's not quite centered - it skews downward and the upper left corner is fuzzy.

The Verdict
This could have been a boring shot of a backup catcher at the end of his playing days, but Topps spiced it up with a backwards cap and an armored chest.  Well done, Topps, well done!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Card #10 - Ron Guidry in action

Hey friends!  Don't forget to vote on the main page for you favorite card from page #1 of the 1982 set!

The Card
What's this?  Two Guidry cards in a row?!  Topps was padding its set with superstars in 1982, and this here piece of cardboard represents our first "in action" shot.  It's not a bad picture of Guidry moving his flame-throwing left arm towards home plate.  The back of the card features some of his highlights from all-star, championship series, and world series games.

The Story
This card too is from my first ever packs of cards.  I remember having a vague sense that if a player had an "in action" card, it meant they must be good.  In fact, Guidry and Dave Concepcion were the only two players back in 1982 that I had both cards for.

The Price
Free - thanks Dad!

The Condition
Like my other Guidry card, it looks like it's been handled by an unappreciative 7 year old more than once.

The Verdict
As with all the 1982's I received that calendar year, it holds a special place in my heart.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Page #1

First page complete!  Which card is your favorite?  Vote in the poll to the right - the top card from each page will face off in a tournament to determine the BEST CARD IN THE SET.


My Favorite Card On This Page:
This is really tough, considering all the star power in the set, but I'm going with the only card from my original collection...Ron Guidry!

My Least Favorite Card On This Page:
Scott Sanderson - it's not a bad card, he's just over-powered by the other cardboard talent.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Card #9 - Ron Guidry

The Card
Break out your po' boys and cajun slang, because we've got the original Louisiana Lightning, the Gator...Ron Guidry!  Look at that lefty - he's rocking forward, ready to strikeout another batter for the bayou!

Injuries cut short what looked like a possible Hall of Fame career, but Guidry certainly left his mark on the game: 2 World Series rings, a Cy Young Award (1978), 4 All-Star games, and 5 Gold Gloves.  That's a heck of a trophy case.

The Story
For the first time on this blog we're featuring a card from my ORIGINAL COLLECTION!  That's right - the 1982 Topps cards were my very first as a 7 year old collector, and I've held onto this Guidry card for almost 35 years!

The Price
Free - thanks Dad!!!

The Condition
Let's be honest, this card looks like it was originally given to a 7 year old kid in 1982.  All of the corners are fuzzy, there are multiple creases in the lower half of the card...and I love it.  It's what a card should look like after three decades of handling!

The Verdict
This is a gorgeous looking card of a star of the game - nobody can deny this!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Card #8 - Rich Dauer

The Card
WooooooHoooo!!!  Our first Orioles card in the binder!  As a die hard Baltimore fan this warms my heart.  And I think the O's got the best "hockey stick" colors in the set.  Their cards look like delicious Creamsicles.

Rich Dauer was the starting second baseman on the last TWO Orioles World Series team.  He is essentially Cal Ripken's first double play partner too.

The Story
I got this from my first visit to Bankston's.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's nice and crisp but it's badly cut.  You can especially tell on the backside of the card.

The Verdict
A starting player for the Orioles?  Yes please!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Card #7 - Scott Sanderson

The Card
It's our first "normal" card!  Scott Sanderson was a heck of a workhorse - he pitched in 19 MLB seasons.  He bounced around a bit from team to team in the latter half of his career (did you know he was an AL All-Star for the Yankees?) but I always think of him in a Cubs jersey.

The Story
I picked up this card during my first visit to the local card shop here in town - Bankston's.  It's a nerd's paradise.  I have to limit my visits to 20 minute increments for fear of losing my life's savings.

The Price
$0.15.  The guy behind the card counter uses an annual vintage price guide, and fifteen cents is the going rate for common cards.  I bought a lot of them at this price but I need to haggle him down to ten the next time I'm in there.

The Condition
Pretty terrific, just a slight fuzzy corner in the lower left.

The Verdict
I'm not sure how the Expos ended up with purple and green as their hockey stick color, but somehow, it works.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Card #6 - Fernando Valenzuela Highlight

The Card
This is the final Highlight card of the set, and it's a beauty.  1981 was the first year of "Fernandomania" and this card celebrates his eighth shutout of the year.  I believe that's still tied for the modern day record, though George Bradley of the 1876 St. Louis team had twice as many with 16.

I watched the "30 for 30" on Valenzuela just a couple of days before acquiring this card, which was a fun coincidence.  I recommend the film.  I learned a lot about the upheaval the Latino community in Los Angeles suffered during the construction of Dodger Stadium.

The Story
I actually have two copies of this card now.  I had found one at my local card shop, but a second copy came in the mail with the other five Highlights.

The Price
I'll go with the eBay cost - $1.11.

The Condition
It's basically mint.  Thin, crisp, undamaged.

The Verdict
You'll be hard pressed to find a better action shot in the set!  Screwball moving forward, right leg kicking dirt, Fernando grimacing, and a little Wrigley Field ivy to give it a perfect splash of color!  It's a very cool card.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Card #5 - Nolan Ryan Highlight

The Card
This 1982 set had stellar "highlight" cards, but this one might take the cake!  Nolan gets the love and recognition for his record fifth no-hitter.  Of course, Nolan would go on to break his own record two more times.  I can't imagine anyone in 1981 would have believed you if you told them his SEVENTH no-no would come TEN YEARS LATER!

Check out Ryan's hat in this picture.  That's right, it's mesh-backed, just like a trucker.  Somehow that fits Nolan's personality perfectly.

The Story
Same as before - part of my eBay purchase.  I like  having this card.  Nolan is my brother's favorite player, so many of my Ryan cards from my youth got traded to him in return for Eddie Murray or Cal Ripken.

The Price
$1.11

The Condition
You can tell from the scan - this card is in rough shape.  Dinged corners, discoloration on the white borders...I was disappointed when I unwrapped it.

The Verdict
Bad condition and a vanilla pose in the picture aren't enough to detract from the awesomeness that is owning a Nolan Ryan card!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Card #4 - Pete Rose Highlight

The Card
I don't like Pete Rose.  I think he's a jerk.  I'm still mad at how he stole the thunder from Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley on their Hall of Fame announcement day.  I hate that he bet on baseball, and I'm in full support of his ineligibility for the Hall.

That being said, he is one charismatic dude who has always looked good on cardboard, including this shot.  Rose got the Highlight treatment for becoming the all-time NL hits leader.  It happened during this game.  He passed Stan Musial, whose Cardinals, ironically, were the opposing team that day.

The Story
This card came in the Highlight bundle I bought off of eBay.

The Price
$1.11

The Condition
It's not well centered - you can tell that more on the back of the card than the front.  The bottom left corner has a tiny ding, which I may have caused by putting it into the page.

The Verdict
I don't want to like this card, but I kind of do.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Card #3 - Tim Raines Highlight

The Card
Here's a sweet looking action shot of rookie sensation Tim Raines, who stole 71 bases in his first full season in the big leagues.  But that's a bit misleading.  Between the strike and injuries, he only appeared in 88 games.  How many would he have stolen in a full, healthy season that year!?!

Raines didn't hold this record for long.  Vince Coleman would register 110 in 1985.  Raines did retire with one of the best career percentages in successful swipes, though, and is in the top five in total steals too.

The Story
Like the other "Highlights," I got this one via eBay.  But I noticed something for the first time tonight.  I wasn't sure how Topps picked the order of the Highlight cards, but I now know it wasn't random.  It's alphabetical!  Carlton, Davis, Raines, Rose, Ryan, and Valenzuela.

The Price
$1.11

The Condition
It's pretty crisp - great condition.  If I'm being nitpicky, the color is ever-so-slightly faded.

The Verdict
He should be in the Hall of Fame, shouldn't he?  I wish they would have used a picture of him stealing a base for this card.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Card #2 - Ron Davis Highlight

The Card
Here we have the bespectacled Ron Davis, honored for his historic relief appearance against the Angels on May 4, 1981.  The game was in California, so we know the card doesn't feature a photograph from the actual game.  But on that date Davis mowed down eight Angels in a row, by strikeout, a record for a reliever.

This is a record, to my knowledge, which still stands.  Davis actually tied the American League mark for consecutive strikeouts be it starter or reliever, though Doug Fister surpassed it with nine in 2012.

I love the picture on this card.  The fist pump after an assumed strikeout.  Great choice by Topps to mark the occasion.

The Story
I grabbed a copy of this from my local card store in the commons boxes, but also received one as part of the 1981 Highlights set I bought on eBay.  The picture you're seeing here on the post is the eBay copy - the cut was much more centered on it.

The Price
The same as my Steve Carlton and the next four highlights - $1.11.

The Condition
Minus the ink splotch on the "8" in 1981, this card is in immaculate condition, at least to my untrained eyes.

The Verdict
Not only does this card look cool and feature a somewhat random ballplayer, it's a record that still stands!  And the way relief pitchers are used in today's game, I don't see Davis losing his grip on that claim to fame anytime soon.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Card #1 - Steve Carlton Highlight

The Card
It's finally here!  Landing spot numero uno in the Topps set is a big deal, and you can't argue their selection of lefty Steve Carlton.  The southpaw was honored for surpassing Bob Gibson as the all-time leader in strikeouts for the National League.  He accomplished the feat by whiffing TWELVE Expos over TEN innings!  Carlton actually got a no-decision as that game lasted seventeen innings (and the Phillies lost).

You have to love this action shot.  The torque in his arm as he comes crashing forward...beautiful!

The Story
I'm making no bones about it - I'm a total noob when it comes to shopping for single cards outside of a card shop. I was so excited to get this project going I turned to eBay. Although I already owned two of the six "highlight" cards in the set, I figured buying the whole six would cut down on shipping and handling costs.  So a bit of brief haggling with kevi-gear netted me the first six cards of the set. He did  a great job in sending the package quickly!

The Price
With card price and S&H, I paid $6.66, meaning Carlton set me back $1.11.  I think this is probably more than I should have spent.  I'm open to suggestions in the comments on where to go when buying singles.  I just discovered COMC but I don't know how to use it yet.

The Condition
It's in great shape minus the ever-so-slight fraying in the top left and bottom right corners.  It was protected well in the mail.

The Verdict
I'm so pumped to be posting card #1!  I think it's awesome, if not a bit expensive to get things rolling.


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Welcome to Collecting 1982 Topps!

2015 Topps Chrome Refractor
Hello and welcome to Collecting 1982 Topps!

This blog will chronicle my pursuit of the 1982 Topps set, the very first cards I ever received as a seven year old boy and brand new collector.  This will sound sacrilegious to most of you, but I've never completed a Topps set by individual card.  Every Christmas I receive the Topps factory set from my parents.  I have every set from 1985 to 2015, but they all came in a pretty box and without the sweat equity of ripping packs to finish a collection.

Now don't get me wrong, I've bought hundreds if not thousands of packs over the years (especially in the late 80's/early 90's).   I just never thought to complete a set on my own.  That ends now! In honor of my first cards and one of my favorite all-time Topps designs, I'm making sure I own all 792 "hockey sticks" the old fashioned way - one card at a time!

I already purchased a binder and pages.  I'm starting with thirty or so cards from the first packs I ever opened as a kid plus a stack I just grabbed at my local card store.  Here on the blog I'll post each card, in order, from Steve Carlton (#1) to Frank Tanana (#792).

Thanks for visiting the site!  I hope you find it enjoyable, please feel free to follow the blog and my twitter account (@Collect_82Topps).  On the left hand side of the page you'll see the cards I'm working on adding to my collection - let me know if you're willing to trade to help me out!

Now, I have to go track down card #1, the Steve Carlton Highlight.  Here we go!