At the beginning of the year, when I was looking at projects and goals, I felt there was only one vintage set that I had a reasonable chance of finishing. That was 1957-58 Topps.
This was Topps’ second offering. It’s not as famous as the ’54-55 debut set, but it has a clean look and a boatload of RCs and has long been a favourite of mine. I’ve been poking away at it more or less forever.
Camille Henry brings me up to 63 of 66 cards. None of the remaining three (actually two – one arrived but remains unscanned) are bad ones, though I have four upgrades outstanding and two of those are particularly ugly.
I’ve always liked the backs of these cards, even though the colour choice is a little on the garish side. I note that Camille is listed at 5’10”, 155. This is rather slight for a hockey player. It’s also a lie. He might have been 5’10”, 155 in full equipment. He was not a large person.
Congrats on the near completion
Hall, Ullman, Bucyk, Pilotte rookies plus big cards of Howe and Sawchuk put this out of reach for quite a few people but another gem from a collectors point of view. Strong veteran presence, super rc content and a very simple but colourful design (love the orange bruins) make it a true keeper. You have done very well to have almost put this one to bed.