|Most of my original 1979 Topps cards.|
|Manny Trillo and Al Oliver.|
|A binder page featuring 1979 Topps.|
|Another binder page featuring 1979 Topps.|
All of the cards pictured (or described) so far are from my original period of collecting and aren't recent acquisitions.
I didn't have a great way to go about collecting a set back in the day -- I don't think the card shops in town had a lot of 1979 commons. I picked up star cards when I could, but I didn't devote myself exclusively to the pursuit of 1979 cards, so I didn't get all of the stars, even. The Ozzie Smith rookie was too expensive for me. Locally, Mike Schmidt cards from the 70s commanded a premium. So, when I quit collecting after my first year of college, I was still pretty far from my goal.
|My recently acquired 1979 Topps set.|
|Five cards the seller put into semi-rigid holders: Rose, Brett, Ryan, Smith, and Molitor.|
I'm really glad to have the complete set -- even though it isn't nearly the most interesting Topps set of the era, and even though I didn't end up piecing it together myself, owning it accomplishes a childhood dream. Coming soon on the blog will be a series of posts highlighting some notable cards from the set, now that I have all of them.