Sometimes it’s little things that make you feel good. For instance, have you ever hit the “perfect pump” at the gas station, releasing the pump handle just as the dollar amount clicks to a perfect, round number? It doesn’t really matter in this age of pay-at-the-pump, but it feels good, right? Like tossing a wad of crumpled paper into a wastebasket from 10 feet away. Yes!
For me, I feel good about completing my 1964 Topps Giants set. In fact, it’s the first complete sports card set I’ve ever put together myself. Of course, it’s only 61 cards, which is a 10th of the size of some of the sports card sets of my youth, and I started with a chunk of like 20 of them from a purchase of a friend’s collection, but still: I did that!
It doesn’t really put me in the mood to work on any other sets, mind you. It was tedious enough tracking down the “commons” in a 61-card set from almost 50 years ago, I’m not looking to do that for a 400-plus card set. But still, it’s done!
And it’s a pretty cool set. The oversized cards (the first set of its kind by Topps) feature a simple but fun design and some really excellent color photography, mostly portraiture.
Here I’ll share a few of my favorite cards from the set with some brief comments:
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