Thursday, January 13, 2011

1963 Topps

Although the number of cards in 1963 Topps decreased to 576, this was one of the most popular sets of the decade. The card fronts feature a large color player photograph with a smaller black and white portrait located inside a circle at the bottom of the card. The players' names, team and position are also located along the bottom in a color box. The backs contain the typical statistical information along with a cartoon and a short biography. There are a handful of short-printed (SP) cards, and the high series (447–576) are scarcer and carry a premium.

1st series (1 - 109)- the first 10 cards consist of the popular League Leader card 3 HR Leaders Ernie Banks card 54 had a error that were corrected in mid-run
2nd Series (110 - 196)-Landrum’s card 113 The photo was not that of Landrum but rather Ron Santo.
3rd Series (197 - 283)-card 242 Power Plus, featuring a full-length photo where Ernie Banks is the "Power" and Hank Aaron is the "Plus"
4th Series (284 - 370)- these numbers are scarce and should command a price premium.
5th Series (371- 446) -Legendary greats like #380 Ernie Banks
6th Series (447 - 522)- scarce they command only a slight premium.
7th Series (523 - 576)- scarce premium.

Chicago Cubs Checklist

Number Player
3 NL Home Run Leaders
15 Ken Hubbs UER
31 Cal Koonce RC
54A Rookie Stars 1962
54B Rookie Stars 1963
58 Bob Will
81 Jim Schaffer
95 Larry Jackson
113 Don Landrum UER
175 Bob Buhl
193 Andre Rodgers
212 Glen Hobbie
222 Chicago Cubs TC
242 Power Plus
252 Ron Santo
272 Danny Murphy
287 Dick Bertell
309 Jim Brewer
329 Lindy McDaniel
353 Billy Williams
380 Ernie Banks UER
399 Dick Ellsworth
416 Alex Grammas
452 Barney Schultz
459 Dick LeMay
464 Ken Aspromonte
472 Lou Brock
489 Paul Toth RC
515 Don Elston
532 Steve Boros
557 Cuno Barragan

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