I’ve always had a fondness for 1970 Topps. When I was young, around 1990, we had an older friend who had collected these as a kid and had a huge stack of them. He would trade them around and we were thrilled to receive them. I really like the simplicity. Nowadays, i also appreciate that it’s one of the rare sets that has both Expos and Senators. Here are the other Senators/Expos I got:
I especially like that last card. Check out the people in the background, especially the clothing. Fascinating.
Now on to 1971. I somehow lucked into a 71 Tom Seaver when I was young and still have it to this day; it’s one of my most treasured cards, even if it’s not in the best of shape. I’ve always had enormous respect for Tom and so I liked the 71 set, but it’s not the same as the 70 for me. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the black borders? The set has a very utilitarian feel to me, though 1970 is the epitome of such an approach and it draws me. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia factor itself.
Now on to a set of cards I’d never owned before: 1972. Oh, sure, I’ve had my chances over the years to pick them up, but I could never quite bring myself to do it. I just thought the team names at the top were too unsightly. Strangely, seeing them so much on other blogs has brought me around and I actually like them.