This blog is about sports cards. I tend to only purchase cheap items so don't come hear expecting to see big money cards. My teams collections are Chicago White Sox and Michigan Wolverines. I also have a bunch of player collections.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

1973 Topps–Holtzman, Barber, Murcer, Grote

I’m collecting the 1973 set, slowly but surely. This post is the latest in my quest for the completion.


  • Card Facts – Ken Holtzman – Oakland A’s – Card #60
  • Purchase Price – free (Trade with “Crinkly Wrappers”)

It’s funny how this set goes from some great action shots, to poised shots.  I’ve always had a soft spot for the A’s.  But I think it’s because I feel bad that they have to wear those colors together.


  • Card Facts – Steve Barber – California Angels – Card #36
  • Purchase Price – free (Trade with “Royals and Randoms”)

Now there’s an action shot.  Much better than the first card.  Although I’m not sure I like the shadow pic in the bottom corner.  His arm looks twice as long as it should be.  Either that, or he’s got something coming out of his leg.


  • Card Facts – Bobby Murcer – New York Yankees – Card #240
  • Purchase Price – $.11 (Ebay lot 40/$4.25)

I know this name.  Of course, he’s a Yankee so I probably heard it on ESPN back in 1973.


  • Card Facts – Jerry Grote – New York Mets – Card #113
  • Purchase Price – $.11 (Ebay lot 40/$4.25)

Well, at least his pose has to do with his position.

  • Cards posted in this set – 45
  • Total price paid – $6.49
  • Average price per card – $0.14
  • Cards left to post – 639 (including NNO Checklists)
  • Percentage posted – 44/684 (6% posted)
  • Percentage completed – 93/684 (14% completed)

Price per card went down a penny with the 2 trade cards and the lower cost ($.11/each) of the other 2.  I went with 4 cards and will from now on.  I’m not getting a huge amount of traffic from these posts anyways,  Not that I do them for the traffic, but that’s how it is.  The more I post at once, the quicker I’ll get these posted.  I enjoy going through each card one at a time but at over 600 cards, I don’t want to be doing this for over a year or more.  I won a 15 card lot on ebay pretty cheap.  I didn’t look to see if I had them all, but I figured I only have 14% so chances are I needed most if not all.


  1. I'm not a fan of all the brightly colored uniforms of the 1970's but the A's are an exception. They sort of go with the whole mustachio'd Swingin' A's thing. They look classic to me. By the way, is it me or does Holtzman's glove look huge in that shot?

  2. I definitely agree that the A's colors are very 70's. I hadn't noticed the glove, but it does look huge. Like the difference between a hand and a foam finger. Almost clownish, if that's a word.