Sometimes one reaches a milestone in the collection that is definable and jubbily all at the same time. I have completed my 1970s Phillies binder. I now have all Topps cards (and the SSPC team set) from the 1970s, completing all major issues from 1970-1979.
The last cards to track down were, of course, from the high number series of 1972 Topps. I don't know how people are trying to collect that set, just getting the 6 or so that I needed for the Phillies team set at a reasonable rate was challenge enough.
What were the cards of significance that filled in those last pages of the binder and closed that wantlist forever (or until Kellogg's and O-Pee-Chee cards are added)?
The 1972 season would be his first full season in the majors, in which he played 1st base and outfield with .260 AVG, 4 HR, and 38 RBIs and a good batting eye with 56 BB vs. 24 K. He would stay as a Phillie until 1977.
Have you noticed that this title of this card is sort of non-descript? Rookie Stars AL-NL is as generic as it can get. This is strange because all the other 1972 Topps Rookie Star cards are set up by team with either two or three players per card. Check out Carlton Fisk's rookie card for the most famous example. It might as well say "rookie stars who fit into a category (position), but we didn't put positions on any pf the other rookie stars so we couldn't put that in the title."
Montanez hit .255/.327/.471 with an impressive 30 HR and 99 RBI, finishing 2nd on the team in OPS and overall power production (behind Deron Johnson). He never was able to replicate that production as a Phillie and was traded to the Giants for Garry Maddox.
And with the completion of the 1972 Topps set, so ends the quest to fill in the 1970s binder. It's only time before more space is made for other reasons to accommodate variations and other sets besides Topps. The work of a collector is never done, and conversely, neither is the enjoyment.