Updated 28 Jun 2022
Note: As I build this set I will update this post. I have now 333/598 55.7% (335/600 55.8%)
I don't usually set to many goals, and usually not very lofty ones at that. I don't do New Year's Resolutions either. I also don't like to mention my age much but... well next year 2015 will be the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Topps Baseball set. One of my favorite sets of all-time.
And OH, it also happens to be my birth year. So yeah next year in April I will turn the BIG Five-0. Not really looking forward to that. I had the sudden realization that it would be very very cool to finally complete the flagship set for my birth year by My 50th and the 50th anniversary of said yadda yadda.
This "card" of me is not a real card.
It is just a digital mock-up I photoshopped,
well MSPaint(ed) (or MS Photo Editor or both) a few years ago.
I used the Jim Hannan card as a key.
So maybe the blogiverse can help me out here by sending me some '65 Mojo preferably by trade or gift or some small $$ sales. Some of those big named Yankees and Dodgers and various other stars will probably be stumbling blocks. I hope not this is a very special achievement.
Believe it or not I've had this '65 Ernie Banks for as long as I can remember, actually I think it was originally my brother's and I traded something for it (a 1970 Fergie Jenkins or 1958 Willie Mays maybe?) Still one of my all-time fave cards in my collection.
Out of the 598 (well 600 with 2 checklist variants) cards in the set I only have a measly little 94. Not quite a sixth or a fifth even, I might need one of those soon. I have a LONG way to go.
Here are the ones I need:
Checklist 79 Variation:
Card #21 Don Blasingame Senators - the copy I got (long story short) was in worse condition than the sportlots seller had originally stated they refunded me the .18¢ for it and sent it anyway the problem is the back has some paper glued to it (the opposite of paper loss). You can read some of the stuff but not all of it, and removing the extra paper and glue residue if even possible would ruin the card further than it is.
Hmmm apparently there is a slight variation with card #508 7th Series Checklist Cards 507-598. There is an ever so slight font size variation a Large and a small. Not sure if I'm going to try for this variation or not. I am currently watching an Ebay listing that is selling the pair for about $20.
26 Jan 2016: Card #10 NL Pitching Leaders.
23 Jan 2016: SF'65SS: Been Sportlotin'.
22 Jan 2016: 7 more cards including Tommy Harper
20 Jan 2016: Just Jim O'Toole
19 Jan 2016: Wow! Mega Mail Day! 13 Packages ties my all-time record for most packages in a single mailday. Not all PWEs/Bubble Mailers had '65 cards. I did get 13 new ones including League Leaders cards 4 and 9, and Team Cards of Braves, Phillies, Pirates and Tigers.
16 Jan 2016: Three cards came in two team cards plus 61 Chris Cannizzaro from checklist number one card 79. Started Saturday status update "Strive for '65 Status: Mid-January 2016".
13 Jan 2016: Updating from some cards received back in Oct or Nov last year.
07 May 2015: Recently got in 3 cards from another collector as a bonus with some cards from a group box break of newer cards and got #390 Bill Freehan from a Sportslot Auction.
27 Mar 2015: Got card #100 in a 3 card lot of Cardinals cards from an Ebay auction.
21 Mar 2015: Two more cards 200 Joe Torre and 415 Curt Flood
13 Mar 2015: One more card came in from sportlots #127
12 Mar 2015: Playing catch up with this post. In the last month or two I got about a dozen new cards for the set, a few from some auctions I think, a couple from another blogger sent in a PWE with that three pocket (cut from a 9 pocket sheet) filled with cards about 3 to 4 cards per pocket whatever comfortably fits, and some (including a dupe plus one graded) from a sale from a member on the SCF forum.
04 Aug 2014: Got 17 cards for this set from a Secret Santa in July package on Friday 01 Aug 2014. The cards fill up my first complete page, and had the final World Series card I needed for that subset.
18 May 2014: This past week I got about a dozen cards in including the Checklist variations I needed so now I have a full checklist sub-set. So actually the total number is 600 cards not just 598 or 599
25 Apr 2014: Got #170 Hank Aaron and Unmarked Checklists 104, 189, 273, 361
17 Apr 2014: From the Bay #400 Harmon Killebrew ($5.95 +$2 shipping)
31 Mar 2014: Got 4 "damn" Yankees for $25 from TCF forum sale.
29 Mar 2014: Picked up a replacement for card #21 as mentioned above.
24 Mar 2014: I put in an order at "Just Commons" for a bunch of the ones I need, Not a huge amount aprox. 42 cards in total in either VG or EX/MT for $61.45 most in the $1 to $2 range, one I didn't notice until after I had placed the order that it was a whopping $7.50 one of the EX/MT ones (#559 Ed Bailey SP).