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1971 Topps #574 Jim Bunning (Phillies) Baseball cardPrice = $ 11.95
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In hockey, there were a few sets issued in the 1910's and while O-Pee-Chee issued some sets in the 1930's, the real modern sets began in 1951 with the itroduction of Parkhurst's first set.
In racing, while cards go back as far as the early Indy car days of 1911, modern racing sets began in 1988 with the issues released by MAXX.
Thru the years, Topps has tried some crazy products, often called "test issues".
Test issues were usually only distributed in limited areas and were somewhat difficult
to find. One of Topps most unusual were the 1970 and 1973 Topps Candy Lids;
little tubs of candy with player's photos on the bottom of their 1 7/8" lids.
The unnumbered lids were issued in 10 cent containers, 24 to a box.
Sealed tubs can still be found with asking prices in the $150 to $200 range.
Called "Baseball Stars Bubble Gum", the 1970 Topps Candy Lids set had 24 different
players, the 1973 Topps Candy Lids set had 55.
1968 Topps Action All-Star Stickers
Another one of my favorite Topps test issues !!!
In 1968, trying to catch the fancy of young collectors, Topps produced a set of
"Baseball Action Stickers", often called "Action All-Stars Stickers".
It was a big year for Topps test/oddball issues. Topps 1968 offerings also included Game cards,
Player Posters, 3-D cards, Plaks, Discs and Punchouts.
1967 Topps WHO AM I ?It's easy to see why the 1967 Topps "Who Am I? set is a favorite of both sports and non- sport collectors. The set's 44 cards feature mostly important figures from world history but what makes this set even more popular was the inclusion of 4 of baseball's most popular players: Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays (pictured above) !!!
The players picture on the front is covered with a scratch-off disguise with silly, exaggerated features like hair, moustaches, hats, noses... and a clue to help kids identify the famous person pictured. The backs contained additional clues and instructions to "Scratch off disguise on front to discover Who I Am. Use a coin or fingernail."
Cards with their scratch-off coating intact are worth many, many times cards with the coatings removed. For example, NM/MINT Mickey Mantle with the coating is in the $200-$400 range while a NM/MINT Mantle with the coating removed is closer to $50.
Cards came in wax packs with 24 packs per box and the set is packed with desirable cards: Shakespear, Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Einstein,
Queen Elizabeth, Joan of Arc, Julius Caesar, Columbus and Jackie Kennedy to name just a few.
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