Looking at the full checklist for the 2011 Topps, I notice just how much the hobby has changed. My last year of collecting was the 1990 sets. At this time for me, you got the base set and either a set like Traded or The Rookies. And let's not forget the Donruss series Baseball's Best. Now for me, these extra sets for me were a bit of a substantial purchase for me as I lived in an extremely small town and the purchase of them required me have to go to a town about 45 miles away. Or rather I should say someone taking me as I was too young to drive.
But now, I see what seem to be hundreds of insert sets which for someone like me with a limited budget pretty much have no chance of putting together. Luckily, I only plan to pick up cards of Rangers and Mets players.
I must say tho, I really like the presence of all the old timers in the various sets like Mantle, Ruth, Gerhig, ect. I had a few of them in the box I mentioned and they put a smile on my face. Obviously they are nothing special, but I enjoyed seeing them. And isn't that what card collecting is about?
Anyways, that's it for now. Till next time!