Archives – A look back at 1977 Topps Cloth Stickers

2 06 2012

Here’s another look back to the cards that Topps based its Archives product on – the 1977 Cloth Sticker set.

Last year there were cloth stickers, but they were supposedly based off of the 1972 set.  That was pretty loose, as it really was just the Lineage card design made into a cloth sticker.  Regardless, Topps has had a number of test sets called Topps cloth stickers.  Here’s a list of the sets in chronological order.

1970 Cloth Stickers Test

These are apparently very rare, and appear to have been material tests that Topps intended to send to the scrap heap.  Every sticker that’s been found (less than 44, including some that are only partials) corresponds to the 2nd series of Topps cards from t(#133-263).  Here’s a couple of posts on this issue from the blog “Topps Archives”.

1972 Cloth Stickers Test

There were 33 cards from this issue, which was also a test design.  The sticker set is essentially a sheet of cards from the 1972 Topps set in sticker form, so some of the same subsets are represented that are in the 1972 Topps flagship set.  There are 3 “In Action” cards, a “Boyhood Photo” card of Jim Fregosi, the Red Sox team card, and even a checklist.  If you see a single card – that means it was hand-cut.  Hank Aaron is the biggest name from the cards that made it onto the sheet.

1976 Cloth Stickers Prototype

Another materials test – there were only 2 cards printed for this test issue – Duff Dyer (Pirates) and Bob Apodaca (Mets).  Topps was likely testing for the full-blown set they would release in 1977 – these cloth stickers can be found in a couple of different versions.  I’ve seen a couple of lots for these on eBay from time to time.

1977 Cloth Stickers

1977 Cloth Stickers Test

This set consisted of 55 players and was issued in packs.  Here’s a write-up of this set on sports collector’s daily.

  • Subsets: There are 18 checklist cards that form 2 different 9-piece puzzles (one for each league).  When you put the puzzles together, they form a photo of each All-Star squad.  Other than that, the cards are basically cloth parallels of the 1977 set.
  • Set Design: The front is the same design from 1977 Topps flagship.  The cards have a white border with a team name is at the top left in block letters and the player name below that.  The position is in a pennant to the top right, and there is a facsimile signature over the player photo.
  • Packs: The cards came in 15¢ packs with 2 cards and 1 checklist per pack.  Boxes have 36 packs.
  • Hall of Fame: There are 19 Hall of Famers in this set.
    • Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, George Brett, Lou Brock, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount
  • Last Active player: Winfield, who played his final game in 1995.



2 responses

8 06 2012
Topps Archives #2 – comparing 1977 Cloth Stickers « Lifetime Topps project

[…] Specifically, the Cloth Sticker insert set is designed after the set that was released nationally in 1977.  There were a few different test years of Cloth Stickers – 1970, 1972, and 1976.  But 1977 […]

12 08 2013

Hi! Most if not all of the 1977 Cloth shows the facsimile in a different position that the regular issued. The design is similar if not the same as the 1977 O-Pee-Chee release.

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