Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2014 Heritage the Originals - 1965 Topps Embossed #13 Al Kaline

Congrats to all who guessed Al Kaline

1965 Topps Embossed #13 Al Kaline

As I noted earlier today, I have no idea how you would figure out who this is without the name attached. Al Kaline is age 79 now, and if somebody told me the image on this card was of a 79 year old man, I would believe them. The image looks closer to a groundskeeper from "Eight Men Out" then he does to a mid-1960s All-Star ballplayer.  

The original 1965 Topps Embossed cards were inserted randomly to regular packs. Similarly their 2014 Heritage counterparts will be inserts. The set size is not very similar, In 1965 the set consisted of 72 cards. The present day checker consists of 15 cards, which leads me to believe that these will be a pretty tough Heritage pull. The Dodgers get 3 Reps in the small set, with the Tigers, Orioles and Yankees all posting 2. None of the 15 players in Heritage Embossed are Phillies, but they need not be upset - The World Champion Boston Red Sox and NL Champion Cardinals also came up empty as well.  

1965 Topps/2014 Heritage Index   
Base - #534 John Herrnstein 
Rookie Cup - #460 Dick Allen 
Rookie Stars - #282 Dick Estelle & Masanori Murakami 
League Leaders - #4 HRs Mays, B Williams, Callison, Cepeda, Jim Hart
World Series - #139 The Cards Celebrate
2010 Topps Vintage Collection - #VLC2 Johnny Mize
More info on 1965 Topps
The entire 1965 Topps Series was covered by Kevin B of Orioles Card "O" the day on The Great 1965 Topps Project
Cardboard Connection
Sports Collectors Digest (TS O' Connell)
Golden Age of Baseball Cards
Dean's Cards


Sources & Links
Phungo Al Kaline HoF Index
Cardboard Connection
Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards

1 comment:

Stubby said...

If I recall correctly, the embossed cards were inserted one to each and every pack of one series (or possibly two) in 1965. That's the way inserts were done in the day. There was one kind per series (or per two series)and they'd be in every pack. The iron on transfers were in a later series that never made it to my neighborhood, I think.

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