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: 8-11-19

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