Wednesday, October 5, 2011

1966 Topps reverse side

The backs contain the now standard stats and bio along with a cartoon highlighting the players career. Specialty cards include Multiplayer cards (MP), Statistical Leaders (LL) and multi player Rookie cards.

Card fronts boast a player photo with the team name in a diagonal strip in the upper left corner. The player's name and position are highlighted in a bar across the bottom. The pink-orange backs feature biographical information, statistics and cartoons.

Very little about card backs are ever discussed, but the reverse side can be very interesting. They complete a picture by providing information that people might not know. A wealth of info. Fun, funny and useful facts with trivia about all aspects of baseball. The cartoons on the back appealed to kids and adults alike. Some included quizzes about baseball history or baseball rules.

Released in 7 series
series 1 (1-88)
series 2 (89-176)
series 3 (177-264)
series 4 (265-352)
series 5 (353-429)
series 6 (430-506)
series 7 (507-598)
Some high series cards (523-598) are Short Printed (SP) and carry a premium above the basic higher series premium.

Three versions of the Don Landrum single (#43) have also been documented: one depicts the Cubs outfielder with a button showing on his pants, another version showcases him without the button and the final incarnation reveals a partial button. The partial button is the most elusive. Four different checklists also have two versions.

2 -Ted Abernathy
24 -Don Kessinger RC
43A -Don Landrum Dark Button on Pant is Showing
43B -Don Landrum Button on Pants Partially Airbrushed
43C -Don Landrum Button on Pant Not showing
63 -Jim Stewart
82 -Bob Hendley
110 -Ernie Banks
139 -Rookie Stars Browne /Young
146 -George Altman
166 -Chris Krug RC
185 -Bob Buhl
204 -Chicago Cubs TC
217 -NL Home Run Leader
232 -Glenn Beckert
246 -Ed Bailey
278 -Cal Koonce
290 -Ron Santo
306 -Ty Cline
322 -Bill Faul
342 -Bob Humphreys
372 -Harvey Kuenn
392 -Rookie Stars Hands/Hundley
409 -Billy Hoeft
423 -Ernie Broglio
447 -Dick Ellsworth UER
482 -Rookie Stars Boccabella/Dowling
484 -Wes Covington
559 -Roberto Pena SP
580 -Billy Williams SP

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