In 1970 Topps decided to raise their wax pack price from 5¢ to 10¢, which is probably why they decided to add these bonuses for collectors. One of these posters were included in each Series One pack.
Since I have a few eBay gift cards laying around, I added the set to my saved searches. Within a few weeks, I found a set that fit my price range and condition parameters. When the auction ended, I was the winning bidder. Final price was $62 (free shipping), which breaks down to around $2.60 per poster.
There are twenty-four posters in the set with each team from the 1969 season being represented. Eight of the posters depict players elected into Cooperstown: Phil Niekro, Lou Brock, Ron Santo, Willie McCovey, Johnny Bench, Frank Robinson, Rod Carew, and Roberto Clemente.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that I recognize almost every name on the checklist. Joe Horlen, Larry Dierker, and Don Mincher were the only guys I didn't know. That's a huge improvement compared to my 1970 Topps Booklets set.
Each of these posters measure a whopping 8.69" x 9.63". In order to fit them into packs, they were printed on thin newsprint paper and folded multiple times.
The thin newsprint paper is prone to tearing and discoloration, so keep these things in mind if you decide to target any of these for your collection. The majority of my set is really clean, but three contain a small tear along folds.
The seller pointed out the flaw in the Lou Brock, but didn't mention the other two. I didn't bother saying anything, because I was pretty excited about the overall condition of this set. And honestly... I was really blown away by this set's design.
My only complaint is the the oddball size which made finding a storage solution a pain. I'd like to eventually find a way to display these in a binder for easy viewing. Until then... I have them stored flat inside of a magazine bag with a backing board.
Well that's all folks. Feel free to leave your thoughts on this vintage set or any storage suggestions down below. As usual... I look forward to reading and responding to them.
Have a happy Thursday and sayonara!