Saturday, March 5, 2011

1968 Topps

Number of Cards

The 1968 Topps baseball card set features 598 cards

Size of Cards

Standard size cards, which measure 2½” by 3½”.

Basic Features

These cards have a color photograph of the player on the front with a round corner border.

Outside the border, the background appears to be a burlap cloth design.

The names of the players can be seen at the bottom of the card.

The team and position of the players are similarly found at the bottom of the card, but within a colored circle.

The backs are vertical, much like in 1966, with the standard statistics, biography, and cartoon.

Subsets include

Statistical Leaders (LL)
Checklist cards (CL)
Multiplayer cards (MP)
World Series Highlights (WS)
Rookie cards and the return of All Star cards (AS)

Released in 7 series

Series 1 (1-109)
Series 2 (110-196)
Series 3 (197-283)
Series 4 (284-370)
Series 5 (371-457)
Series 6 (458-533)
Series 7 (534-598)

Short Prints

The high number series (498-598) is slightly more difficult and expensive to collect.

Errors + Variations

356- Ken Holtzman
A- Head centered in circle
B- Hat touching top of circle

Number Player
5 NL Home Run Leaders
9 NL Pitching Leaders
11 NL Strikeout Leaders
13 Chuck Hartenstein RC
37 Billy Williams
60 Ken Holtzman
83 John Stephenson
101 Glenn Beckert
119 Ted Savage
136 Randy Hundley
159 Don Kessinger
179 Bill Stoneman RC
184 Lou Johnson
202 Adolfo Phillips
219 Rob Gardner
235 Ron Santo
258 Rookie Stars
279 Bill Hands
296 Byron Browne
321 Leo Durocher MG
329 Duane Josephson
339 Rich Nye
355 Ernie Banks
356A Checklist 5/centered
356B Checklist 5/shifted right
366 Ron Santo AS
380 Ken Holtzman AS
382 Ramon Hernandez
410 Ferguson Jenkins
427 Dick Calmus
451 Al Spangler
475 Joe Niekro
506 Clarence Jones RC
508 Duke Sims
516 Pete Mikkelsen
542 John Boccabella
561 Lee Elia
591 Dick Nen

Topps Action All Star Stickers

Sold in long strips about 15 3/4" tall, 3 1/4" the set comprise of sixteen numbered
stickers and three-paneled stickers

Topps Giant Stand Ups

There are 24 oversized Stand-Ups in the set at 3 1/8" x 5 1/4"

Topps Game Card Inserts

Topps Game Card inserts set consist of 33 cards that measure 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Topps Plaks

The Plak measures about 1 1/4" at his widest and 2 1/4" at his tallest and about 1/8" of an inch thick. The two checklists are about 4 inches tall and printed on cardboard. There is one for each league

Topps Poster Inserts

Topps issued a set of 24 Posters these posters could only be purchased in packs The posters measure 9 3/4" x 18 1/8" because they were folded the posters will have a number crease folds and rips.

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