Back in 1968, Topps inserted the iconic Game cards into their 3rd Series packs. There's just something about the simplicity of the card design and the floating head/neck that attracts me to these inserts.
This set isn't exactly a hobby secret. I have seen them on card blogs on numerous occasions over the years and have even stumbled across them at flea markets and card shows.
Two years ago, I picked up an entire 33 card set for $34 (+ $3 shipping).
These days complete sets typically sell in the $40 to $60 range, which still seems like a bargain when you look over the checklist.
Seriously. This set is loaded with value. Collectors can own a vintage Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, or Hank Aaron without breaking the bank. In fact, thirteen out of the thirty-three players are hall of famers. That's almost 40% of the checklist.
There's a card of the All-Time Hit King.
And when you factor in guys like Tommy Davis, Frank Howard, Dick Allen, Rusty Staub, and Rick Monday there are plenty of fan favorites rounding out the checklist.
Out of the twenty teams who played in Major League Baseball back in 1968, every team has at least one player represented in the set except for the New York Mets. Red Sox, Pirates, and Twins fans lucked out. Each of these teams have three players on the checklist.
The cards were intended to be used as a game. The rules were simple. Two people would face off against each other and try to score the most runs. After shuffling the deck and placing it face down, whoever is up to bat picks up one card at a time until they get three outs.
If you scan through the cards, you'll see that two-thirds of the set result in an out. The eleven cards that allow the offense to reach base are dominated by the bigger names on the checklist.
The Say Hey Kid entered the 1968 season with the most home runs among active players, so I thought it was cool that Topps gave him the honor of being the most powerful card in the deck. Although I'm kinda surprised that they didn't give Carl Yastrzemski (who was coming off of his Triple Crown season) a more powerful card.
Well that's all I've got for you today. Until my next post...
What are your thoughts on the 1968 Topps Game inserts?
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