Over the past two days, I’ve been delicately removing 1971 Topps from their photo album. Yet another stunning discovery from the Texas find, these cards were quite clearly collected in 1971, and carefully stored away in the album shortly thereafter. The set is complete, each card in remarkably consistent condition. The ever-present edge chipping is kept to a minimum; the primary post-production wear is related to corner dings that occurred when the cards were mounted in their photo corners, and, in some unfortunate cases, minor indentations in the cardboard resulting from the photo corners themselves.
Centering and rough cuts are another issue entirely, obviously, as Topps’ early quality control was clearly poor. However, we have managed to pull out a significant number of gorgeous examples, each of which will be headed off to PSA for grading. Whether they grade high or not, they are simply stunning cards, and absolutely need to be preserved in their current condition.