One of the things I worked on this summer was organizing my collection. I'll use my Oakland A's collection as an example to help put things into perspective. I had stacks of A's cards all over the place, but now they've been consolidated into a handful of locations... with the bulk being two 5,000ct. boxes.
The goal is to one day sort them out by year and brand... then build team sets. In the meantime... there are only a handful of team sets I've created want lists for... and only one I'm actively working on.
1971 O-Pee-Chee #45
That's the 1971 O-Pee-Chee team set for the Oakland A's. I've been a fan of these cards since I first saw them on Christmas Day back in 2014. That's when I discovered they were completely different from their 1971 Topps sister set with their floating heads and bright yellow card backs.
But it wasn't until recently that I made the decision to build the team set. Back in June, John (over at Johnny's Trading Spot) showed off a bunch from his COMC order... which sent me on a crazy mission to build a team set of my own.
It's a work in progress, but I already have ten cards out of the way. Nine of them are currently in my possession:
Here's a peek at their gorgeous backs:
Eight of these cards were purchased from one eBay dealer the day after I commented on John's post.
The Joe Rudi will be arriving within the next week or two... with the rest of my COMC inventory. Although this is a team set I'm actively working on, I know there's a chance it'll never be completed. The high numbers in this set are insanely expensive. That doesn't mesh well with the budget collector in me... which is why I consider this to be a silly set build.
And while on the topic of zany set builds, here are two more:
Just like the 1971 O-Pee-Chee team set, these two sets were also inspired by Johnny. He sent me a care package several months ago that included both of these starter sets.
The 1991 set build only needs one card. Here's a look at my favorites from this set:
1991 Wacky Packages #14
1991 Wacky Packages #22
The 1991 set features a really cool Bazooka puzzle on the back which looks like this when completed:
As much as I love Bazooka bubble gum, I'm an even bigger fan of the 1980 Wacky Packages puzzle:
This one features my all-time favorite Wacky Packages card, which is also included in the set:
1980 Wacky Packages #160
If you're wondering why the image looks so familiar, that's because it's a parody of the 1975 Topps baseball pack wrapper. It's so awesome!
Here are a few other favorites from the 1980 set:
1980 Wacky Packages #145
1980 Wacky Packages #161
Oh wait. Here's one more card that he sent me that was weird and interesting:
1996 Leaf Signatures Series Bronze #NNO
If you're familiar with this set, you'll notice that it's missing Ernie's signature. Not sure if this was originally inserted into a pack or if it slipped out the back door at Donruss with an employee in the 90's. Regardless... this is a very cool addition to my A's collection.
Thank you John for this wacky card and for these two Wacky Packages starter sets. And most importantly... thank you for inspiring these three wacky set builds.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!