1962/2011 – Baseball Bucks and Ad Panels

2 05 2011

In addition to the box topper for the stamp panels, Topps had two more box toppers that gave a nod to some releases the company made in 1962.

Advertising Panels

Prior to and during the release of its flagship baseball set, Topps sent 3-card advertising panels to market the set to retailers carrying the product.  These 3-card panels had 3 different player cards on the front of the card, the reverse of the Roger Maris card on the back on one of the player cards, and promotional language with blue background on the other two card backs.  Finding these panels at all is difficult – the one pictured below sold for $2 grand.

For the 2011 Heritage Set, Topps copied this idea directly.  They put various box toppers in the set – this throwback is one of 3 options you were guaranteed to get on the top of a hobby box. Like the 1962 set, these are 3-card panels with 3 different player cards on the front.  The reverse of Roger Maris is replaced by Roy Halladay (the spokesman for the set) on the back of the left card, and the blue background promotional language looks is designed exactly like the 1962 panel.  Very cool.  I have no idea how many of these exist, but it seems to be quite a few from my research on eBay.  I’ve bought a couple of them with reds players shown below.

Baseball Bucks

Topps released a first-time test issue set called “Baseball Bucks”.  Each card (“Buck”) looked like U.S. Currency, measuring 1-3/4″ x 4-1/8″.  The set came in its own 1-card pack for a penny.  The player was featured where George Washington or Honest Abe are on real American Currency.  A write-up of the depicted player and a diagram of his home ballpark adorns the two front sides.  The back has the team logo.  These seem relatively affordable – all except for the Mantle can be found for less than $100 bucks.

There are 28 Hall of Famers:

  • Hank Aaron, Richie Ashburn, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Jim Bunning, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Don Drysdale, Whitey Ford, Nellie Fox, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Casey Stengel, Eddie Mathews, Brooks Robinson, Stan Musial, Warren Spahn, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Warren Spahn, Billy Williams, Early Wynn, Carl Yastrzemski

Even though this was its own test issue with no affiliation to the 1962 Topps base set, Topps included a 2011 version in the Heritage product as another hobby box-topper.  This was one of 3 you could receive on top of a hobby box.  I pulled one of these from my hobby box – a Ubaldo Jimenez which I’ve since traded away to Cards at the Quarry.

I will want to collect Reds of these Bucks as well, but like the stamps they also tended to be going for a bit too much on eBay for now.

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