I’ve still got a ton of completed set posts to go through, but on New Year’s Eve, this set seems like the most appropriate. 43 years ago today, Roberto Clemente died while on a flight to bring relief aid to victims of a massive earthquake in Nicaragua.
Info about the set:
Set description: Clemente was the 3rd historic player honored with a reprint set (after Mickey Mantle in ’96 and Willie Mays in ’97). Clemente was a good choice, as 1998 marked 25 years since his tragic death. This set had reprints of the full run of his base Topps cards during his career. Reprints of his 19 regular cards from 1955-1973 were issued across both series. The 10 odd years come in series 1, while the 9 even years come in series 2. There is a gold Clemente logo, created just for this set.
Set composition: 19 cards, 1:18 odds (1998 Topps series 1, 2)
Hall of Famers: 1 – just Clemente. None of his multi-player cards are included.
How I put the set together:
- 4 cards from my 2 1998 hobby boxes
- 5 cards from Beckett Marketplace
- 10 cards from COMC
Card that completed my set: #18 – 1972 Topps
I bought the last cards I needed from COMC back in May.
Thoughts on the set: Retro sets are everywhere you look these days, but in 1998 there weren’t that many, and they were almost all reprints. This wasn’t the first set like this, but it was still a great idea at this point in time.
Best card (my opinion): #19 – 1973 Topps
The 1972 card is probably my favorite photo, but the 1973 card is great as well. And there’s something awesome about seeing exactly 3,000 hits on the back of the card.
My Favorite Reds card: There are none (obviously).