Thursday, February 19, 2015


Were any of you out there just as "into" the last card in a Topps set as I was as a kid?
Let's see if you can remember some of them!
I'll post the answers tomorrow.

  1. In 1972 Topps came out with a monster 787-card set! Who was the last card in that set?
  2. Who is on the the last card in my all-time favorite set, 1976?
  3. Who is the former "Bonus Baby" that had the last card in the 1970 Topps set?
  4. What player has the last card in the 1978 Topps set, quite possibly my second favorite set of the decade?
  5. The last card in the 1971 Topps set was the first "last card" I got as a "collector" in the early-80's, paying somewhat of a premium. Who was the player on that last 1971 card?


1. Ron Reed.

2. Davey Lopes.

3. Rick Reichardt.

4. Wilbur Wood.

5. Dick Drago. 


  1. 1) Ron Reed
    2) Davey Lopes
    3) Rick Reichardt
    4) Wilbur Wood
    5) Dick Drago

  2. Great topic. Always something special about the first and last cards in a set.

  3. The last cards from the 71 and 72 sets. The dreaded and expensive high numbers. It was quite a chore putting those sets together

  4. There always something special about the last about 1980 or so I ordered a complete '77 set from Renata Galasso (Remember her??) for like $30 bucks, and the first thing I did when it came was find out who was last - Willie Horton as it turned out. Just from memory, let's see if I can name the other last cards from the decade:
    1973 - Fred Scherman
    1974 - Larry Dierker
    1975 - Hank Aaron
    1979 - Giants Prospects (I THINK they included Greg Johnston, Phil Nastu, and Joe Strain?

    1. Heck yes I remember Renata Galasso! I lived five blocks away down Bay Ridge Parkway! I think the first time I saw an ad was in a Baseball Digest when I was in Junior High School about 1980 and couldn't believe there was a baseball card place in the neighborhood (Bensonhurst, Brooklyn).
      I was then heartbroken when I realized it wasn;t actually a "store", but a mail order place.
      Hilarious! The memories are flooding back here!

    2. 1978 was the first set I collected. There were a handful of cards I couldn't find anywhere (including Gary Ross, the toughest one of the set for me). I found her add for a complete 1978 Topps set in the 1978 Yankees scorebook/magazine. It took forever to convince my mom to let me spend a whopping $20 dollars to order it. After waiting for it for what seemed like forever, they sent the 1979 set by mistake! We got it squared away. I ordered a bunch of other stuff from her as well over the next several years. I stopped doing mail order in the early 1980s when shows and shops became more common. She published some specialty sets, and also had a magazine (not a catalog, a genuine magazine) for a while - I remember an article on the can't-miss superstar to be, Ron Kittle, and a reprint T206 set she issued. I remember reading that to pay her way through school, someone suggested she sell cards. I always kind of wondered whatever happened to her and her business.

      I've begun buying 1978 issues of the Sporting News to assist me in my 1978 baseball/baseball card project that I posted a link to here a while back. Each one has the familiar Renata Galasso add. One final memory of Ms. Galasso - the last set I ordered was 1982 Topps. I remember very clearly the add she ran for it actually showed a bunch of 1975 Topps cards from vending. I remember being worried they might screw up and send me the 1975s instead - if only I had been so lucky!

  5. Wow Mark pretty impressive. I remember seeing RGs name all over the card collectors mags. Didn't realize it was a person or a woman for many years later.

    I was always fascinated by the total number of cards in a set. I know the magic number was 132 per sheet so I get it when the sets were 660, 726 or 792. But I never got the sets with odd numbers like 720 (1970), 752 (1971) and 787 (1972).

    And was each series 132 or one sheet worth or did the have other random sizes?

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    2. Oops....keyboard issues...anyway, Topps used 132 card sheets at least from 1973 through the early 1990s. When the set was divisible by 132 (sets numbering 660 and 792) you got 132 different cards on each sheet. From 1978 through 1981, they decided to expand their sets by 66 cards, to 726, rather than by a full 132 cards. At six sheets per set, this left them with 11 'holes' per sheet. They made up for it by double printing 11 cards on each sheet. I have a couple sheets from 1978, and the 5th and 6th rows down from the top are duplicates of each other. You used to be able to identify these double printed cards from 78-81 in the old Sport Americana price guides by "DP" in the checklists.

    3. I am guessing that at some point (1973?) they settled on the 132 sheet size. Maybe they got a certain sized machine at that point and started doing multiples of 132. I think I've seen the DP markings before. Not sure if they're still in Beckett.

  6. I would love to chat with some of the old Topps designers and managers and pick their brains on various topics. So many questions, lol.



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