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Milestone reached!

After starting this set in 1999, it took me 16 long years, but I finally have all 752 cards graded, just the third complete set in the registry.


  • Wow that's an incredible accomplishment!! Congrats!! Always liked 71 OPC, I feel like the black borders of high grade 71's really accentuate the rough cut. Headed to the registry now to check out your set!
  • Just checked it out. As a Sox fan, I love the set name! And that PSA 7 Yaz is a beast of a card that I would love to own. Congrats again.
  • jay0791jay0791 Posts: 3,471 ✭✭✭✭
    Congrats. That is one big accomplishment !!!!!!

    Insane people collect the 71 topps

    Really insane collect the OPC version.

    I believe it took 16 years.
    Collecting PSA... FB,BK,HK,and BB HOF RC sets
    1948-76 Topps FB Sets
    FB & BB HOF Player sets
    1948-1993 NY Yankee Team Sets
  • PSASAPPSASAP Posts: 2,284 ✭✭✭
    Thanks guys. I really stumbled to the finish line, having to add a bunch of threes and one two to make it. Hopefully, I'll be able to upgrade those cards in the future.
  • JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 10,873 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Fantastic accomplishment!!!!!
    2013,14 and 15 Certificate Award Winner Harmon Killebrew Master Set and Master Topps Set
  • grote15grote15 Posts: 29,373 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That is an impressive feat~OPC cards are a beast to find in any grade. I'm surprised they don't have greater appeal among collectors than they do.

    I recall once opening a 71 OPC pack that was GAI graded (the only one I ever opened) and pulling a PSA 9 1/1 that I sold for (IIRC) about $125. This was about 6-7 years ago. I don't even recall the player's name.

    Collecting 1970s Topps baseball wax, rack and cello packs, as well as PCGS graded Half Cents, Large Cents, Two Cent pieces and Three Cent Silver pieces.
  • PSASAPPSASAP Posts: 2,284 ✭✭✭
    Thanks, I never planned to build the entire set when I started, figured I'd just get the stars graded. When Diamond Jim started building his awesome set, he sort of inspired me to think bigger, although I couldn't fathom that such a high grade set could be built. Then Alan came along and built an even higher grade set; realistically, Alan's set gpa at 8.45 is probably on par with building the 1971 Topps set in 10, maybe even tougher. I had help from Jim, Raymond Santis, Luke Brown and last, but not least, Tom Salem in building the set, but most of my cards were self subs. I would like to upgrade the cards that grade 4 and lower, but I'll put it on the back burner for now.
  • bobsbbcardsbobsbbcards Posts: 3,254 ✭✭✭
    Great accomplishment!! You've inspired me to send off my raw set to PSA for grading (I probably have 40 already graded). Of course I need to wait until Bishop (Al) gets here to help me. image
  • MCMLVToppsMCMLVTopps Posts: 4,499 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Major congrats!! Fantastic fortitude to hang in for 16 years!!!

  • LarkinCollectorLarkinCollector Posts: 8,975 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Wow, congrats that's a tough set and long time to stick with it!
  • jmaciujmaciu Posts: 1,290 ✭✭✭
    Congratulations. I have several graded cards from that set, but I cannot image the difficulty in completing it. I admire your determination.
  • Congratulations! After completing the 1969 OPC Baseball Set, I too, got sucked into the 1971 OPC Baseball set!

    I am doing it with a twist to make it even MORE difficult. I am collecting only and ALL PSA 7's with no qualifiers!

    I am about 50% complete thanks in part to buying an incredible raw set a few years back at $4500!

    Never have seen anything like it since. Had a TON of HOF'ers that I sold out of the set in PSA 8.

    Along the way I too have had some help in building it up!

    Again, CONGRATS! This set truly is the "TOUGH ONE" !


  • miwlvrnmiwlvrn Posts: 4,199 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Wow, just saw this post, and Congratulations! That is a heck of an accomplishment.
  • EstilEstil Posts: 6,681 ✭✭✭✭
    Good going! Just the regular 1971 Topps is plenty hard enough!
    Dimes: 55P+D, 54S, 53S, 52S, 50S, 49D+S, 47S, 46S, 45D+S, 44S, 43D, 41S, 40D+S, 39D+S, 38D+S, 37D+S, 36S, 35D+S, all 16-34's
    Quarters: 61D, 52S, 47S, 46S, 40S, 39S, 38S, 37D+S, 36D+S, 35D, 34D, 32D+S
    74 Topps: 37,38,46,47,48,138,151,193,210,214,223,241,256,264,268,277,289,316,435,552,570,577,592,602,610,654,655
    1997 Finest silver: 115, 135, 139, 145, 310
    1995 Ultra Gold Medallion Sets: Golden Prospects, HR Kings, On-Base Leaders, Power Plus, RBI Kings, Rising Stars
  • lawyer05lawyer05 Posts: 2,110 ✭✭✭✭
    Anyone selling a Carew OPC 1971 PSA 8 ?
    Thanks !!
  • lawyer05lawyer05 Posts: 2,110 ✭✭✭✭
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