Thursday, April 30, 2020

Which 70s Set Should I Build? 1975 Topps edition

I've been trying to decide which 1970s set to start building for my next vintage set build, but I can't seem to make up my mind. So, I'm going to take a little closer look at what I already have in my collection and try to narrow it down.

The 1975 Topps Set has a couple iconic rookies - George Brett and Robin Yount. Hall of Famer Jim Rice and Gary Carter both feature on one of those 4-plex cards. You'll also find rookie cards for other notable major leaguers like Andre Thornton, Bruce Bochte, Mario Mendoza, Keith Hernandez, Fred Lynn, and Craig Kusick.

My 1975 Wantlist, but it's not to complete the whole set, it's just a list of cards I thought I'd like to add to my collection at some point.

1975: 1, 3, 22, 33, 39, 70, 80, 108, 111, 122, 130, 140, 152, 170, 179, 180, 185, 203, 207, 213, 225, 243, 244, 245, 248, 255, 259, 260, 272, 290, 291, 300, 306, 320, 330, 351, 356, 370, 376, 385, 392, 402, 414, 451, 456, 459, 460, 462, 463, 464, 465, 481, 485, 486, 492, 502, 515, 526, 532, 536, 539, 569, 570, 580, 585, 586, 620, 622, 623, 632, 660

The Rookie Cup is back for 1975 after going missing from several cards in 1973, and then going completely missing 1974. Other items unique to this set are the series of MVPs (with a retrospective of cards on cards), and the parallel set of miniature cards.

Here's a page of my favorites from my collection. I know this is one of the more popular sets of the 1970s, but my unpopular opinion is that it doesn't quite do it for me. I think there's a little too much border compared to the photo size, and the scale on a lot of the cards is off. Too close or too far away.

What do you think are the Pros and Cons of the 1975 Set? I'd love to hear your opinion!


  1. I think I'm fairly neutral on this set. I like how the border frames the photos but agree it's too thick. That Blyleven is classic Bert.

  2. Cons: none, Pros: everything :-) of course I’m biased. I look at it as art I personally don’t assess pros and cons of art. No problem if others do. My early memories of this set are now muddled but I love it. And I probably couldn’t explain why very well if I tried.

  3. Craig Kusick. LOL.

    You youngsters with your neutrality, "fake autos" and border width.

    Don't you understand the '75 set is ICONIC??!?!?

    Cons: Zero
    Pros: It is responsible for all of the collecting love I feel today and it will always have my undying gratitude.

    It goes so much beyond "another vintage set to collect." Wish I had a bunch of '75 dupes to shower upon you so you could know.

  4. I'm no set builder but I think '75 would be a fun one. It's my second-favorite Topps set ever behind '65.

  5. My 2 sets of the 1975 Topps are my favorite sets cause they were birthday presents to myself after making them. You see I was born in 1975 & prior to my 30th birthday I set out to make the full sized version of the set I found a local store owner who was going out of business & bought his entire singles out for my starter it consisted of 550 of the 660 cards all for $15 I completed the set 4 months prior to my birthday in June finding the my last 2 cards of Yount & Brett. Fast forward before I turned 40 my friend who in the blogger world known as The Collective Mind said why not try to make the 1975 mini version set. So I set forth a new challenge living in Michigan I had an easier time since Michigan was 1 of 2 test states to carry the minis it took me 18 months to find them going to countless shops & shows mainly to the 2014 National Convention where I scored a bunch that Dime-Box Nick would say OMFG you got 300 minis for $8.00 unbelievable. So 7 months before turning 40 & the day after Thanksgiving in Ypsilanti,Michigan I ended my set with the owner of a great shop knew the task at hand sold me the last 3 I needed Pete Rose,Robin Yount,& George Brett & he also threw in a 2012 Topps Chrome RC of Bryce Harper for $70 if I had to grade all 4 of the cards they would be 9's to 10's with the Harper getting a 9 compared to the other 3. Needless to say that the 1975 set is great lot of people saying about the same things I would have mentioned as for the bad things only wished Topps didn't just give the late Al Kaline more than a highlight card it would been nice to see all his stats 1 last time as well. That's my take for this set I wish you luck in making it & I believe that The Collective Mind Blogger might have a bunch of the minis still that I sent him for his starter set. Happy Collecting the best set after 1967 & before the Junk Wax Era.

  6. I'm in the minority. I think 75 is overrated. My other unpopular opinions are that 73 and 74 are better.

  7. I don't know much about older card collecting, but if I was going to do a set, 75 would be it. Bright and beautiful but as always key cards in any older set are always the tough challenge along with condition

  8. The '72 and '75 sets are my two favorites of the 1970's but I haven't completed either one yet. I'm probably about at about 80% completion for both sets. Hopefully I can get both completed sometime in the foreseeable future. Good luck to you!

  9. I've loved this design since my eyes first spotted them sometime in the early to mid 80's. The two colored borders grab collectors attention... but the baseball which houses the player's position is the secret weapon to this design.

  10. I'm with Night Owl. This is a great, iconic set. Also, even the rookies aren't as expensive as the big rookies from sets even a couple of years earlier.

    I'm also him on how did Craig Kusick get on that list.

    1. Kusick was the only guy on the list whose card I had. Not especially notable other than I noted him.