Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Vintage Consignment- Part 4 (Oddballs & Inserts)

When it comes to vintage cards, the late 60's and early '70's saw a wide variety of inserts and oddball sets. In going through the vintage consignment, I found several examples.

1) 1970 Topps Booklets- These booklets consist of a 6 page mini-comic book. There are 24 booklets in the set but unfortunately of the (16) I found, (5) were doubles. I only found (1) of the big 5 which include Willie, Mays, Reggie Jackson, Pete Rose, Ernie Banks and Bob Gibson. The Gibson I found has some sort of marker stain on two edges.

2) 1970 Topps Posters- Measuring roughly a square 8"x 8" the poster again came with a checklist of 24 but didn't duplicate the booklets and delivered even more stars including Roberto Clemente, Willie McCovey, Frank Robinson, Johnnie Bench and more. Unfortunately the best I found of the (3) total was this Frank Howard.

3) 1970 Topps Scratch-Offs- A simple game card on the reverse of a 4-color picture card depicting the player on the front. Finding these unscratched is very, very difficult and the (3) I found were no exception. Again, consisting of 24 cards with little if any duplication from the previous 2 inserts. Each insert type was most likely released in the different series to encourage kids to keep buying packs in order to find their favorite player, even if that favorite's base card had been released in a previous series. Major stars in this checklist include Carl Yastrzemski, Tom Seaver, Hank Aaron, and Harmon Killebrew to name a few. The (3) I found were Tony Perez, Willie Stargell, and Harmon Killebrew.

4) 1969 Topps Deckle Edged- Measuring 2-1/4" x 3-1/4" they take their name from their unique edges which are cut with a scallop effect. The checklist of 33 cards and again features some of the biggest names in the game including this one of Carl Yastrzemski which of the (5) I found was the best in addition to a Juan Marichel.


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