April 17, 2019

Joy of the Completed Set: Getting those last two '69 Deckle Edge cards

Kids tearing open packs of 1969 Topps found odd deckle edge cards inserted. The odd border, the black and white photos, the unusual colored facsimile autographs. It's easy to see why the set didn't continue on (until another aborted set in 1974) but it is these sort of sets that attract my attention as a collector. 

Those collectors opening the many series of the '69 set found an oddity in the checklist too as Joe Foy and Rusty Staub shared card No. 22 and Jim Wynn and Hoyt Wilhelm shared card No. 11, making 35 cards in the set instead of the stated 33 found on the back of the cards.    

The Foy and Wynn cards proved to be much more rare than the Staub and Wilhelm cards and so of course those there also the final hurdle in my work towards finishing the set. But an eBay seller recently posted both cards in a combined auction for a price that I typically find for a single card and I moved quickly.

So with these two cards in hand, I can sit back and enjoy the joyous feeling of another completed set. Thanks to my Dad too, who gifted me the Rose, Mays and Clemente for Christmas a few months ago.

1955 Topps Doubleheaders Needs List

The 1955 Topps Doubleheaders set is an easy one to overlook. As one of Topps first non-flagship experiments it is largely overshadowed by the main set. The set population is very small and frankly there aren't a lot of examples to collect. It just isn't a set you often stumble upon at a card show or garage sale.

The very nature of the cards -- collectors get two card in one by folding over the top part of the card -- which if you did that five or 10 times, your card is basically destroyed. Pristine examples of the most valuable cards in the set (including Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron) are worth many thousands and so I have no delusions about tracking down those cards. But I enjoy the tall illustrated cards and so this list is just to keep a record of what I've been able to find so far.

Last updated: 4-17-19

1-2 Al Rosen, Chuck Diering
3-4 Monte Irvin, Russ Kemmerer
5-6 Ted Kazanski, Gordon Jones
7-8 Bill Taylor, Billy O'Dell
9-10 JW Porter, Thornton Kipper
11-12 Curt Roberts, Arnie Portocarrero
13-14 Wally Westlake, Frank House
15-16 Rube Walker, Lou Limmer
17-18 Dean Stone, Charlie White
19-20 Karl Spooner, Jim Hughes
21-22 Bill Skowron, Frank Sullivan
23-24 Jack Shepard, Stan Hack
25-26 Jackie Robinson Don Hoak
27-28 Dusty Rhodes, Jim Davis
29-30 Vic Power, Ed Bailey
31-32 Howie Pollet,  Ernie Banks
33-34 Jim Pendleton, Gene Conley
35-36 Karl Olson, Andy Carey
37-38 Wally Moon, Joe Cunningham
39-40 Fred Marsh, Jake Thies
41-42 Ed Lopat, Harvey Haddix
43-44 Leo Kiely, Chuck Stobbs
45-46 Al Kaline, Corky Valentine
47-48 Spook Jacobs, Johnny Gray
49-50 Ron Jackson, Jim Finigan
51-52 Ray Jablonski, Bob Keegan
53-54 Billy Herman, Sandy Amoros
55-56 Chuck Harmon, Bob Skinner
57-58 Bill Hall, Bob Grim
59-60 Bill Glynn, Bob Miller
61-62 Billy Gardner, Johnny Hetki
63-64 Bob Borkowski,  Bob Turley
65-66 Joe Collins, Jack Harshman
67-68 Jim Hegan, Jack Parks
69-70 Ted Williams, Hal Smith
71-72 Gair Allie, Joe Hatten
73-74 Jerry Lynch, Harry Brecheen
75-76 Tom Wright,  Bunky Stewart
77-78 Dave Hoskins, Ed McGhee
79-80 Roy Sievers, Art Fowler
81-82 Danny Schell, Gus Triandos
83-84 Joe Frazier, Don Mossi
85-86 Elmer Valo, Hal Brown
87-88 Bob Kennedy, Windy McCall
89-90 Ruben Gomez, Jim Rivera
91-92 Lou Ortiz, Milt Bolling
93-94 Carl Sawatski, El Tappe
95-96 Dave Jolly, Bobby Hofman
97-98 Preston Ward, Don Zimmer
99-100 Bill Renna, Dick Groat
101-102 Bill Wilson, Bill Tremel
103-104 Hank Sauer, Camilo Pascual
105-106 Hank Aaron, Ray Herbert
107-108 Alex Grammas, Tom Qualters
109-110 Hal Newhouser, Charlie Bishop
111-112 Harmon Killebrew, Johnny Podres
113-114 Ray Boone, Bob Purkey
115-116 Dale Long, Ferris Fain
117-118 Steve Bilko, Bob Milliken
119-120 Mel Parnell, Tom Hurd
121-122 Ted Kluszewski,  Jim Owens
123-124 Gus Zernial, Bob Trice
125-126 Rip Repulski, Ted Lepcio
127-128 Warren Spahn, Tom Brewer
129-130 Jim Gilliam, Ellis Kinder
131-132 Herm Wehmeier, Wayne Terwilliger

April 14, 2019

UPDATED: 2018 Topps Heritage & High Numbers Decals Insert Set Needs List

UPDATE: Just after I posted this I was reminded that there were also deckle edge cards in the 2018 Heritage Minor League set which I have added at the bottom.


The 2018 Topps Heritage set paid tribute to the famous 1969 Topps Deckle Edge set that arrived for one season and then would appear again in 1974. Regular sized insert cards can be found in the regular set as well as the Heritage High Number set this gives Deckle-Heads 60 total cards to track down.

I'm currently two cards short of the 1969 set (the two variations) and someday I imagine I will get around to 1974 as well.

Last updated: 4-17-19

2018 Topps Heritage Decals Insert Set

1. Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
2. Jose Altuve - Houston Astros
3. Carlos Correa - Houston Astros
4. Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
5. Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
6. Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals
8. Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
9. Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
11. Ozzie Albies - Atlanta Braves
12. Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals
13. Salvador Perez - Kansas City Royals
14. Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
15. Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees
16. Giancarlo Stanton - New York Yankees
17. Andrew Benintendi - Boston Red Sox
18. Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
19. Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
20. Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
21. Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox
22. Clint Frazier - New York Yankees
23. Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies
24. Amed Rosario - New York Mets
25. Victor Robles - Washington Nationals
26. Chris Sale - Boston Red Sox
27. Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies
28. Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
29. Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
30. Corey Seager - Los Angeles Dodgers

2018 Topps Heritage High Numbers Decals Insert Set

1. Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
2. Ichiro - Seattle Mariners
3. Andrew McCutchen - San Francisco Giants
4. Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies
5. Albert Pujols - Los Angeles Angels
6. Justin Verlander - Houston Astros
7. Josh Donaldson - Toronto Blue Jays
8. Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves
9. Corey Kluber - Cleveland Indians
10. Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets
11. Joe Mauer - Minnesota Twins
12. Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers
13. Eric Hosmer - San Diego Padres
14. Mike Moustakas - Kansas City Royals
15. Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
16. Stephen Piscotty - Oakland Athletics
17. Scott Kingery - Philadelphia Phillies
18. Jordan Hicks - St. Louis Cardinals
19. Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
20. Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
21. Adrian Beltre - Texas Rangers
22. Matt Chapman - Oakland Athletics
23. Didi Gregorius - New York Yankees
24. Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox
25. Starling Marte - Pittsburgh Pirates
26. Trey Mancini - Baltimore Orioles
27. Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
28. Dansby Swanson - Atlanta Braves
29. Patrick Corbin - Arizona Diamondbacks
30. Christian Villanueva - San Diego Padres

2018 Topps Heritage Minor League 1969 Deckle Edge Needs List

The standard version features black and white cards and the short-print variations have color photos.

1. Tim Tebow - Binghamton Rumble Ponies
2. Colton Welker - Lancaster JetHawks
3. Matt Manning - West Michigan Whitecaps
4. MacKenzie Gore - Fort Wayne TinCaps
5. Ryan Vilade - Asheville Tourists
6. Leody Taveras - Down East Wood Ducks
7. Justin Dunn - St. Lucie Mets
8. Mitch Keller - Altoona Curve
9. Corbin Burnes - Colorado Springs Sky Sox
10. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - New Hampshire Fisher Cats
11. Eloy Jimenez - Birmingham Barons
12. Genesis Cabrera - Montgomery Biscuits
13. Jose Albertos - South Bend Cubs
14. Estevan Florial - Tampa Tarpons
15. Heliot Ramos - Augusta GreenJackets
16. Jorge Mateo - Nashville Sounds
17. Josh Naylor - San Antonio Missions
18. Seuly Matias - Lexington Legends
19. Adbert Alzolay - Iowa Cubs
20. Fernando Tatis Jr. - San Antonio Missions
21. Bo Bichette - New Hampshire Fisher Cats
22. Kolby Allard - Gwinnett Stripers
23. Daulton Varsho - Visalia Rawhide
24. Brendan Rodgers - Hartford Yard Goats
25. Hunter Greene - Dayton Dragons
26. Brandon Marsh - Burlington Bees
27. Jesus Luzardo - Midland RockHounds
28. Trevor Stephan - Tampa Tarpons
29. Mickey Moniak - Clearwater Threshers
30. Royce Lewis - Cedar Rapids Kernels

March 14, 2019

2018 Topps Stranger Things Season One Needs List

The Topps Stranger Things set for Season 1 really filled the void for me this year waiting for the 2019 products to finally arrive. At first I was a little concerned about never even seeing the product in the wild because if you are able to land an autograph from the set you can receive a huge return on investment but I've been lucky in finding some blasters at Walmart.

I'm mainly looking for the inserts stickers, character and scene cards. I'm also going for the patch replica cards that came one-per-blaster.

2018 Topps Stranger Things Season 1 Checklist

Last Updated: 3-13-19

Base set

3, 26, 34, 40, 43, 48, 53, 54, 61, 67, 71, 82, 84, 86, 91, 92, 97, 98

Character stickers

2, 4, 7, 9, 13

Character cards

1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13. 16, 17, 18, 19. 20

Scene stickers

1, 3, 4, 8, 9.10

Commemorative Patch Set Checklist

Barbara Holland - Hawkins High School
Benny Hammond - Benny's Burgers
Connie Frazier - Benny's Burgers
Connie Frazier - Hawkins National Laboratory
Dustin Henderson - Hawkins Middle School
Eleven - Benny's Burgers
Eleven - Hawkins National Laboratory
Florence - Hawkins Police Station
Jim Hopper - Benny's Burgers
Jim Hopper - Hawkins Police Station
Jonathan Byers - Hawkins High School
Lucas Sinclair - Hawkins Middle School
Martin Brenner - Hawkins National Laboratory
Mike Wheeler - Hawkins Middle School
Nancy Wheeler - Hawkins High School
Officer Callahan - Hawkins Police Station
Officer Powell - Benny's Burgers
Officer Powell - Hawkins Police Station
Scott Clarke - Hawkins Middle School
Shepard - Hawkins National Laboratory
Steve Harrington - Hawkins High School
Terry Ives - Hawkins National Laboratory
Tommy H. - Hawkins High School
Will Byers - Hawkins Middle School

January 28, 2019

Topps Was Way Ahead on the 10-Year Challenge

Flipping through some Twins today and I was reminded that Topps was ahead of the game on the 10-Year Challenge. 

But then Topps has been in the flashback game since 1972 Topps with its "Boyhood Photos of the Stars"subset that included Tom Seaver, Joe Torre, Sal Bando and Willie Stargell. The cards were first included in Series 3 and then again in Series 4 but weren't found in Series 5 and 6.

These cards were never my particular favorites but they might have been had they evened out the photo sizes like they did in the Mauer card. 

November 29, 2018

1962 Topps Green Tint Needs List

Although single error cards might be a little more famous, there is nothing that  reaches the magnitude of the green-tint error cards that were issued in the 1962 Topps set.

The story goes that kids across America were scooping up the first series of '62 Topps quickly so everyone's favorite card maker commissioned a second printer to run off some more second series cards.

That printer screwed up and the cards ended up being printed without magenta coloring and so the cards have a green tint to them which someone escaped quality control.

I'm working on building sets of the corrected and green tint cards. Unless when noted the green and non-tinted cards use the same photo with just small design modifications between the versions. But there are nine cards that featured different photos in the second run and I've noted the differences between the two printings.

For example, here are the two versions of Lee Walls' card No. 129. As you can see they have different photos with the green version being on the right.

Here's the complete list of the photo variations:

  • No. 129 Lee Walls
  • No. 132 Los Angeles Angels Team
  • No. 134 Billy Hoeft
  • No. 139 Hal Reniff
  • No. 139 Babe Ruth 
  • No. 147 Bill Kunkel
  • No. 174 Carl Willey
  • No. 176 Eddie Yost
  • No. 190 Wally Moon

Another oddball part of this series is that one card in the second series escaped the green tint error. Card No. 159 Hal Reniff doesn't have a green version because in the first printing Reniff's card was numbered as 139 (making two No. 139s in the second series).

1962 Topps Green Tint Needs List

Last updated: 4-17-19

110.1 Bill Skowron (green)
110.2 Bill Skowron

111.1 Dallas Green (green
111.2 Dallas Green

112.1 Hank Foiles (green)
112.2 Hank Foiles

113.1 White Sox Team (green)
113.2 White Sox Team

114.1 Howie Koplitz (green)
114.2 Howie Koplitz

115.1 Bob Skinner (green)
115.2 Bob Skinner

116.1 Herb Score (green)
116.2 Herb Score

117.1 Gary Geiger (green)
117.2 Gary Geiger

118.1 Julian Javier (green)
118.1 Julian Javier

119.1 Danny Murphy (green)
119.2 Danny Murphy

120.1 Bob Purkey (green)
120.2 Bob Purkey

121.1 Billy Hitchcock (green)
121.2 Billy Hitchcock

122.1 Norman Bass (green)
122.2 Norman Bass

123.1 Mike de la Hoz (green)
123.2 Mike de la Hoz

124.1 Bill Pleis (green)
124.2 Bill Pleis

125.1 Gene Woodling (green)
125.2 Gene Woodling

126.1 Al Cicotte (green)
126.2 Al Cicotte

127.1 Pride of the A's (green)
127.2 Pride of the A's

128.1 Art Fowler (green)
128.2 Art Fowler

129.1 Lee Walls (green) with photo looking to the right
129.2 Lee Walls with photo looking to the left

130.1 Frank Bolling (green)
130.2 Frank Bolling

131.1 Pete Richert (green)
131.2 Pete Richert

132.1 Los Angeles Angels Team (green) has two floating photos
132.2 Los Angeles Angels Team with no floating photos

133.1 Felipe Alou (green)
133.2 Felipe Alou

134.1 Billy Hoeft (green) photo facing straight
134.2 Billy Hoeft with photo slightly left

135.1 Babe As A Boy (green)
135.2 Babe As A Boy

136.1 Babe Joins Yanks (green)
136.2 Babe Joins Yanks

137.1 Babe and Mgr. Huggins (green)
137.2 Babe and Mgr. Huggins

138.1 The Famous Slugger (green)
138.1 The Famous Slugger

139.1 Babe Hits 60 (green) with pole, no dirt
139.2 Babe Hits 60 with no pole, dirt

139.1 Hal Reniff (green) with pitching photo
139.2 Hal Reniff with portrait photo

140.1 Gehrig and Ruth (green)
140.2 Gehrig and Ruth

141.1 Twilight Years (green)
141.2 Twilight Years

142.1 Coaching for the Dodgers (green)
142.2 Coaching for the Dodgers

143.1 Greatest Sports Hero (green)
143.2 Greatest Sports Hero

144.1 Farewell Speech (green)
144.2 Farewell Speech

145.1 Barry Latman (green)
145.2 Barry Latman

146.1 Don Demeter (green)
146.2 Don Demeter

147.1 Bill Kunkel (green) pitching photo
147.2 Bill Kunkel with portrait photo

148.1 Wally Post (green)
148.2 Wally Post

149.1 Bob Duliba (green)
149.2 Bob Duliba

150.1 Al Kaline (green)
150.2 Al Kaline

151.1 Johnny Klippstein (green)
151.2 Johnny Klippstein

152.1 Mickey Vernon (green)
152.2 Mickey Vernon

153.1 Pumpsie Green (green)
153.2 Pumpsie Green

154.1 Lee Thomas (green)
154.2 Lee Thomas

155.1 Stu Miller (green)
155.2 Stu Miller

156.1 Merritt Ranew (green)
156.2 Merritt Ranew

157.1 Wes Covington (green)
157.2 Wes Covington

158.1 Milwaukee Braves Team (green)
158.2 Milwaukee Braves Team

159.1 Hal Reniff -- there is no green version for 159 because it was numbered as 139 in the original green printing

160.1 Dick Stuart (green)
160.2 Dick Stuart

161.1 Frank Baumann (green)
161.2 Frank Baumann

162.1 Sammy Drake (green)
162.2 Sammy Drake

163.1 Hot Corner Guardians - Billy Gardner / Clete Boyer (green)
163.2 Hot Corner Guardians - Billy Gardner / Clete Boyer

164.1 Hal Naragon (green)
164.2 Hal Naragon

165.1 Jackie Brandt (green)
165.2 Jackie Brandt

166.1 Don Lee (green)
166.2 Don Lee

167.1 Tim McCarver (green)
167.2 Tim McCarver

168.1 Leo Posada (green)
168.2 Leo Posada

169.1 Bob Cerv (green)
169.2 Bob Cerv

170.1 Ron Santo (green)
170.2 Ron Santo

171.1 Dave Sisler (green)
171.2 Dave Sisler

172.1 Fred Hutchinson (green)
172.2 Fred Hutchinson

173.1 Chico Fernandez (green)
173.2 Chico Fernandez

174.1 Carl Willey (green) photo with cap
174.2 Carl Willey with no cap portrait

175.1 Frank Howard (green)
175.2 Frank Howard

176.1 Eddie Yost (green) photo with bat
176.2 Eddie Yost with portrait photo

177.1 Bobby Shantz (green)
177.2 Bobby Shantz

178.1 Camilo Carreon (green)
178.2 Camilo Carreon

179.1 Yom Sturdivant (green)
179.2 Tom Sturdivant

180.1 Bob Allison (green)
180.2 Bob Allison

181.1 Paul Brown (green)
181.2 Paul Brown

182.1 Bob Nieman (green)
182.2 Bob Nieman

183.1 Roger Craig (green)
183.2 Roger Craig

184.1 Haywood Sullivan (green)
184.2 Haywood Sullivan

185.1 Roland Sheldon (green)
185.2 Roland Sheldon

186.1 Mack Jones (green)
186.2 Mack Jones

187.1 Gene Conley (green)
187.2 Gene Conley

188.1 Chuck Hiller (green)
188.2 Chuck Hiller

189.1 Dick Hall (green)
189.2 Dick Hall

190.1 Wally Moon (green) photo with bat
190.2 Wally Moon with no cap photo

191.1 Jim Brewer (green)
191.2 Jim Brewer

192.1 Checklist 177-264 (green) with comma on No. 192 listing
192.2 Checklist 177-264 with no comma on No. 192

193.1 Eddie Kasko (green)
193.2 Eddie Kasko

194.1 Dean Chance (green)
194.2 Dean Chance

195.1 Joe Cunningham (green)
195.2 Joe Cunningham

196.1 Terry Fox (green)
196.2 Terry Fox