It's taken four months, but I am now half way through the 1969 set. There are 664 cards, so #332 Fred Tabot was the last of the first half and #333 Ivan Murrell starts the second half.
So far, the 38 pages of the set have broken down like this:
12 League Leader cards
8 World Series cards
19 team rookie cards
294 player cards
294 players + 38 rookies (two per card) = 332 players so far.
Overall Set Totals (player cards only)
Hall of Famers - 20 out of 332 players - 6%
Hatless - 76 out of 332 players - 22.9%
Airbrush - 75 out of 332 players - 22.6%
Cubs (includes past, present, or future) - 48 out of 332 players - 14%
Here's how lousy the photographs are in this set: If you add the hatless and airbrushed players together, you get 151 out of 332 players, a whopping 45% of the cards!
- There were a lot of players who had their careers extended in 1969 because of expansion. I'll bet you've seen cards of a bunch of players you never (or barely) heard of before.
- Topps was just plain lazy, reusing many pictures and using tons of old ones. There is no excuse for using pictures that are 4-5 years old.
I hope you've enjoyed the first four months of this set review. I'll keep plugging away a couple pages per week and we'll wrap this up some time in January!