Yes, the set took a while to complete. No, I wasn't in any hurry. I collect a set like the tortoise runs his race - slow and steady. The cards from my '72 set came from all over the country - Kit Young Cards, Winston-Salem, New Hampshire, Millville, multiple eBay wins, Cooperstown and Ft. Washington, PA, just to name a few locations. This Larry Bowa card was purchased at Raleigh's Sports Card & NASCAR Collectibles Show in January 1999.
I started collecting the 1971 Topps set in December 1998, and I'm 272 cards away from completing it. One day I'll get there, slow and steady.