I also finished the 2011 version of Topps’ humongous reprint set this summer – just a couple of months after the 2010 “Yo Momma” set. This one is called 60 years of Topps.
Info about the set:
Set description: “The 60-year of Topps chronicled with a reprint of one card from every year. Each card back narrates the story of that year’s design as well as other interesting minutiae”. Topps basically cut and pasted the wording from last year on their sell sheets – though the last word was “tidbits” in 2010 instead of “minutiae”.
Set composition: 118 cards, 1:3 odds
Hall of Famers: 54. Actually more than the year before, even though there are only 2 series while the yo momma cards were inserted in all 3 series.
Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Monte Irvin, Ernie Banks, Phil Rizzuto, Mickey Mantle, Pee Wee Reese, Stan Musial, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Frank Robinson, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Al Kaline, Tony Perez, Brooks Robinson, Tom Seaver, Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan, Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Mike Schmidt, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount, Bruce Sutter, Phil Niekro, Eddie Murray, Paul Molitor, Andre Dawson, Jim Palmer, Ozzie Smith, Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Dennis Eckersley, Greg Maddux, Roberto Alomar, Frank Thomas, Barry Larkin, Yogi Berra, Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews, Luis Aparicio, Richie Ashburn, Harmon Killebrew, Orlando Cepeda, Duke Snider, Steve Carlton, Johnny Bench, Goose Gossage, Don Sutton, Gary Carter, Cal Ripken, Rickey Henderson, Wade Boggs
How I put the set together:
32 cards from various hobby boxes/packs
9 cards from various retail packs
22 cards from trades
28 cards from an eBay lot
26 cards from online dealers
1 card from the National
Thoughts on the set: This idea had kind of jumped the shark after doing in 2010 with the Yo Momma cards. Topps would also insert reprints into 2012 Archives – so I think they should have just done 1 set like this over that time. This probably was the year that made the most sense since it was the “60th” year of cards – but it felt kind of silly after they had the same thing in 2010.
Still, it was an impressive list of players and a fun set to collect. And one thing I like better about this set than the one from the year before are the card backs. The write-ups on the back are much more about the specifics of the set design and history compared to the 2010 “yo momma” cards.
Card that completed my set: #75 – Steve Carlton (1967)
I got this card from Beckett’s marketplace in July.
Highest book value: #91 – Cal Ripken (1983)
Best card (my opinion): #20 – Nolan Ryan (1971)
One of the most prominent forms of advertising in Topps’ history is also one of the best cards out there. They don’t directly say anything on the back of the card about the RC Cola ad, however. I also really like card #61, which shows Warren Spahn with the Boston Braves.
My Favorite Reds card: #115 – Josh Hamilton (2007)
This beats out the 1967 Tony Perez, which is a great card. Since I haven’t started collecting 2007 Topps yet, I’d never seen this card. I always had a soft spot for Hamilton’s time with the Reds – I wish we could have kept him somehow.
Any other tidbits: Topps goofed with 1979 – they featured the same Eddie Murray card in both series 1 and 2 as the 1979 version.
The 1957 Mantle card with the “ghost player” is featured in this set – but the write-up on the back is silent to the fact and the front has been edited to not show the “ghost” figure.
Also, the back of Juan Marichal’s 1961 card discusses the fact that Topps started taking pictures of guys without hats so they didn’t have to airbrush the photos later on. Finally, the back of Frank Robinson’s card discusses card #537 – which featured rookies Pedro Gonzalez, Ken McMullen, and Al Weis as well as “happening to include the future all-time hits leader”. A subtle non-mention of Pete Rose a few years before the hobby got all up in arms for what Topps did on the back of the 2013 base cards.