1974 Topps

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Mar 31, 2018 - 12:00AM

After not buying any cards in 1973, I decided to get a box of '74 Topps at the grocery store. I have a complete set along with most of the Washington variations. I still have the display box also.

Edited on: Mar 31, 2018 - 12:01AM

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:38PM

The first pack of cards I ever opened was in 1974. I was in first grade and won them at my school's fair (Lima Elementary in Media, Pennsylvania). I was immediately hooked and started collecting. My favorite team became the A's, because I liked their uniforms and Reggie Jackson was my favorite player, because I liked his card's picture the best. (I still have their starting lineup memorized!)

My best friend's favorite team was the Yankees, because he had a Yankees hat, so I'd trade him all of my Yankee cards for all of his A's cards. We'd also trade each other our "Traded" cards because we didn't understand what they were. We thought they were extra cards that you were supposed to trade.

It wasn't until a year later that I figured out that the Phillies were my home team, so I've been a Phillies fan and collector ever since, but the 1974 A's cards still bring back great memories of a simpler time in my life...

Aug 3, 2017 - 6:27PM

'74 Topps was my intro to baseball card collecting. I was 11 years old and living in Oregon. Starting in 1971 Oregon gave you 5 cents for every can or bottle returned to the store. It was a poor child's dream come true! I remember hunting and begging for cans & bottles so that I could turn them in and immediately buy 10 cent wax packs. My favorite team was the Baltimore Orioles and my favorite player and card was SS Mark Belanger (card #329). I have carried that tattered card with me now for decades (even after selling all my cards in 1994).

Feb 28, 2017 - 11:23AM

...still a very affordable vintage set before the price jump begins with the 1973 set. This was the first set made all in one series after a long run of Topps releasing their sets in increments. This set was also made in factory set form for the first time. It also included a separately numbered Traded set for the first time, although I consider 1972, 1969, and 1951 to include Traded cards numbered within the sets. Overall, a great set.

Sep 8, 2016 - 7:04PM

...not exactly the first Traded/Update set if you count the 1972 high numbers, the 1969 team variations, and the 1951 team variations. It is, however, the first Traded set to be numbered separately from the base set. I still consider a 1974 Topps set incomplete without it.

Jul 10, 2016 - 11:33PM

First year I collected and first packs I bought (10 cents a pack - I think they went up to 15 cents in '75 or '76) I had no idea what the Washington National League cards were at the time and would put a paper mask over them with San Diego Padres (duh). The wrappers said something like 'all in one series' and I had no idea what what meant at the time. much simpler times

Aug 20, 2015 - 2:02PM

Rushfan84 not sure who this is but I bought my cards at that exact same A&P. :D SCHS 83

Oct 27, 2012 - 3:47AM

Bought my first packs when I was 7 years old from the A&P grocery store in St. Charles, MO. Wish we could buy packs now for what they cost then (.15 cents a pack I think?)!

May 19, 2011 - 11:01PM

First baseball cards I ever bought, it was at Thrifty Drug Store. That store is long gone, it's a Panera bread store now, but I can still picture the baseball cards and Wacky Packs right there under the front counter.


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