A look back at 1964 Topps Giants

17 08 2011

Yesterday I looked at the first set copied in this year’s Topps Lineage product – the 1975 minis.  Now we’ll go from miniature to large – the 1964 Topps Giant set.

60 cards in the set.  From the wrapper, this set is technically called “Topps Giant-size Baseball All-stars”.   The set does include a number of All-Stars from the 1964 game, though not every player in the set was in the game.  I’m pretty sure it’s intended to be ’64 All-Stars as opposed to those from the 1963 game – as there are a few players who were in the ’64 game but not the previous one (Gary Peters, Johnny Callison).  The jumbo card set measures 3-1/8″ x 5-1/4″.

  • Set Design: The postcard-size set features a color portrait photo of each player. There is a baseball in one of the bottom corners with the player name, team and position.  The backs of the cards feature a black and white photo of the player with a newspaper style write-up.
  • Packs: Topps issued the set in 3-card packs (5¢) that came 24 to a box.
  • Hall of Fame: There are 18 Hall of Famers in this set.
    • Sandy Koufax, Jim Bunning, Roberto Clemente, Al Kaline, Nellie Fox, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson, Warren Spahn, Juan Marichal, Harmon Killebrew, Luis Aparicio, Bob Gibson, Carl Yastrzemski, Hank Aaron, Brooks Robinson, Willie Mays, Billy Williams, Orlando Cepeda
  • Last Active player: Carl Yastrzemski was the last active player from this set – he played his final game with Boston 19 years later, on October 2, 1983.
  • Variations: There aren’t any variations in the set, but 7 cards are listed as SP – Mays and Koufax in particular.


The box has an image of the actual card designed to be able to flip the picture up as a display – I’ve only seen boxes of Whitey Ford.  Where the baseball should be on the card, the ball is “super-sized” and the ball says “Giant-Size All-Stars Bubble Gum”.  The box notes that the packs are 5 cents.




3 responses

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