January 04, 2010

Let's Do It With Wax!

Sometime in December I decided to find out how long it would take to put together a set by simply buying wax packs. Of course, the holidays were fast approaching, so this became a project for after the madness passed. And now here we are.

A few days ago, I put out a message on Facebook/Twitter asking for help: Which set should I put together? The choices were 1981 Fleer, 1990 Topps, 1991 Topps, 1992 Upper Deck, 1994 Fleer, and a random 1980s Topps sticker set. I got a lot of response, mostly choosing a sticker set (5 votes), 1981 Fleer (2 votes), or 1990 Topps (2 votes).

After much deliberation, here's the set I'll be aiming to complete: 1982 Topps Stickers. I chose 1982 because of the availability of unopened sticker packs and unused sticker albums. After I complete the sticker album, I will attempt to complete 1991 Topps, a set I never liked and never bought when it came out. After 1991 Topps, who knows.

Here are the rules: No trading. No buying of opened lots on eBay. I will only buy packs. I also plan on tracking sticker/card sequencing in packs. I will then fill in each page of the sticker album as best I can. I still haven't figured out what to do with the sticker doubles, but I think some sort of public art around Boston will be on tap.


Scott Crawford said...

'82, eh? Were '81s too pricey and/or difficult to track down?

1982 Topps blog - My 1st Cards said...

In my best Austin Powers voice - "1982! Yeah babay!"

I already have the stickers & book, but I don't have time to scan them on top of scanning the card set, so I'm all for this.

night owl said...

I did this with 2006 Topps. Only with rack packs. Given that there were two series, it took me from March to about August sometime. The number of doubles I accumulated will fill an aircraft carrier.

Last card for the set: Andy Pettitte (from the first series, interestingly).

Anonymous said...

Good call ! I have my old album somewhere and I may have to pull it now for prosperity. Actually, I don't think it's finished, so pls let me know where you find packs to buy and I may join you !


Jim said...

Great idea!

I featured the Phillies page from my 1982 Topps Stickers album last week on my blog.

MattR said...

Perhaps you can do some sort of giveaway contest for the duplicates. Maybe the winner would be the one who guesses how many total duplicates there are.