1971 Topps

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  • Pete Rose can be seen in the background (leading off second base) on Chris Short's card # 511
  • Nolan Ryan can be seen in the foreground of Bud Harrelson's card (#355)
  • Thurman Munson can be seen in the foreground of Vada Pinson's card #275.
  • Wax packs contained 8 cards for 10 cents.

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Feb. 27, 2018 - 9:32PM

For about 40 years I had four of these coins (Jenkins, Kessinger, Santo, and Morgan) without any idea of what they were. But I liked them, so I kept them, rattling around in the bottom of a box. I believe it was this site where I finally figured out what they were in 2011 or so. They must've come out of some of the very first packs I ever bought or was given. About a year ago, I finally added another one to the collection, and about two weeks ago, I finally got sick of seeing my spreadsheet of complete sets interrupted by a 5/153 in 1971, so I've started my quest to complete this set. This meant going to a coin store to buy proper storage supplies, and there's lots of stapling involved (to create the little holders). But I'm going to enjoy this. I'll have about 60 different ones once my latest eBay win arrives. I'll have a few to trade, too. And the quest shall continue. They look fabulous in the binder, and many are missing scans of the backs on this site, so maybe I can get to level 7 here someday....

Edited on: Apr. 23, 2018 - 9:40AM

Feb. 18, 2017 - 11:44PM

This was the last year that Topps listed incomplete statistics on the back of their cards.

May. 29, 2015 - 12:02PM

The first packs of baseball cards that I opened were from 1971 Topps 3rd series. I had some older cards from friends and neighbors, but I had never opened my own packs. My dad bought me 10 packs at the grocery store. I figured out that they were from the 3rd series years later because the only card that I remember was #275 Vada Pinson. I mispronounced his name "Vida" because Vida Blue was having a phenomenal season and was the only name that I knew that was close to Vada. My dad quickly corrected my pronunciation and said that Vada Pinson was a very good player. The photo on this card was taken at a very memorable game. I won't post a link, but you can use a search engine to search this card and see a great story about that game and the photo used for this card (hope it is still there when you search). Oh yes, these packs had baseball coins in them! And where was that elusive Vida Blue card for all those fans following this phenom? Unfortunately, it would not appear until the 5th Series (card #544)!


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