In conjunction with their flagship set in 1963, Topps inserted 46 “Peel-Offs” or “Stick-Ons” into most of the series of Topps card. They came 1 per cello or 5-card pack. These stickers measure 1-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ and include a “floating head” picture of the player inside a colored oval with the player name, team and position. The backs come blank or with instructions.
The set contains 19 members of the Hall of Fame in this insert set – quite a lot for a 46 sticker set. This is about half of the 37 in the base set! The HOF-ers are Aaron, Aparicio, Ashburn, Banks, Bunning, Clemente, Cepeda, Drysdale, Kaline, Killebrew, Koufax, Mantle, Mays, Mazeroski, Musial, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Spahn and Yastrzemski
Topps used this concept for the 2012 Heritage release. The 2012 stickers come in basically the same design as the 1963 set. And there are again 46 in the set – I love that they go for symmetry like that in this set. The stickers are inserted 1:8 packs.
Additionally, Topps bought back individual ’63 Stick-Ons and placed them into framed insert cards. These were numbered in low quantities – usually less than 7, with a reported total of 100 bought back. I don’t think they bought back the biggest names. Here’s the buybacks of these that I’ve seen:
- Lee Thomas – Los Angeles Angels #/6
- Floyd Robinson – Chicago White Sox #/7
- Ray Herbert – Chicago White Sox #/5
- Chuck Hinton – Washington Senators #/7
- Bob Aspromonte – Houston Colt .45’s #/4
- Bill Monbouquette – Boston Red Sox #/3
- Ralph Terry – New York Yankees #/3
- Bobby Richardson – New York Yankees #/5
- Dick Donovan – Cleveland Indians #/5
- Tommy Davis – Los Angeles Dodgers #/4
- Ken Boyer – St. Louis Cardinals #/4
- Dick Farrell – Houston Colt .45’s #/7
- Art Mahaffey – Philadelphia Phillies #/3
- Jerry Lumpe – Kansas City Athletics #/3
- Bob Rodgers – Los Angeles Angels #/5
- Dave Stenhouse – Washington Nationals #/4
- Jim Gentile – Baltimore Orioles #/1
- Jack Sanford – San Francisco Giants #/2
That’s 75 of the 100 buybacks if you add everything up.