Thursday, February 28, 2013

2013 Topps Heritage Originals - 1964 Topps B-Sides

In my opionion 1964 Topps has a terribly ugly flip side. 

1964 Topps #412 Ray Culp (b-Side)

The ugly part for me is that creamsicle orange.  There have been a few other Topps issues with orange backs, but they are typically a bit darker.  This light orange is just yucky looking to me.  

The rest of the b-side is fine. Minor and Major league stats, Bio info and a brief passage regarding the player.  Can you imagine the buzz a rookie pitcher would get if he tossed 5 shutouts in his rookie campaign

One really interesting aspect of 1964 Topps b-side is the trivia question with the scratch off answer. Anxious to find out how Topps Heritage handles this.  It adds a bit of expense to create the card, and I am not sure that collectors will want to deface their cards.

Curisously 15 first inning runs is not the record. In 1894 the Boston Beaneaters had a 16 run first.  The Dodgers put the 15 spot on the Reds in a game on May 21, 1952.  At one point in that first inning the Dodgers had 14 consecutive batters reach base. 

Sloppy Topps
And here we have a sloppy topps candidate.  The Dodgers didn't move to Los Angeles until 1958 so there is a bit of an inaccuracy in the trivia answer.  Good thing there weren't card blogs forums and twitter to back Topps for shoddy Quality Control in 1964.

Prior 1964 Topps the Originals Postings 
1964 Topps Design (Ray Culp, Lou Brock, Gus Triandos) 
1964 Topps League Leader Cards (Hank Aaron, Ken Boyer, Bill White) 
1964 Topps Team Cards (Phillies, Reds)  

More info on 1964 Topps
The full series is in the process of being covered at the 1964 Topps Blog 
The Phillies Room has a posting on the 1964 Topps Phillies as part of the ongoing Topps Phillies Series.

Other Sources
Bob Lemke's Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards 


Surf Baseball Card Collectiblies, Philadelphia Phillies 

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