Monday, August 1, 2011

1960 Topps reverse side

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.

In the 1950s and 1960s the cards were 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.

The 1960 set consists of 572 cards that were released in seven different series. Series One are cards 1-110 with backs that are cream white in color. Series Two are cards 111-198 with grey backs. Series Three are cards 199-286 that have creamy colored white backs. Series Four are cards 287-374 that have grey backs. Series Five are cards 375-440 and can be found with one of three different back colors, creamy white, grey, and the scarcer white version. The Sixth Series are cards 441-506 that have grey backs. The final series is the high numbered and short printed Seventh Series that are cards 507-572, and like Series Six, they also have grey backs.

The standard card back supplies the collector with a rundown of highlights of that particular player from either the 1959 major or minor league season. Similar to the card front, the card back is also divided into three sections. The lower left portion of the card contains the "Season's Highlights" section. There you will find a list of highlights or a descriptive blurb about that particular player's 1959 accomplishments. The section immediately to the right, has a very cool cartoon with a short blurb below which lists an interesting fact about that player. The top portion of the card has the player's bio and batting or pitching records from the 1959 season, along with his lifetime totals. The card number can be found in the upper left hand corner inside a drawn baseball. As previously mentioned, the card back colors vary depending upon the series. The manager cards are classic and loaded with great information and cartoons on the back. One of the strong points of the 1960 Topps set is that it offers the collector a solid amount of seasonal and statistical information that a number of other Topps sets do not.

The colorful fronts of the 1960 cards definitely make this an eye appealing set. There were a total of eight different colors used for the card fronts, blue, red, yellow, orange, light green, light blue, pink, and dark green. The standard player card front is divided into three sections. The lower section of the card contains a box that has the team emblem. To the right of the emblem is found the player's name, the team name, and his listed position. The lettering of the player's name is in alternating colors such as yellow, white, yellow/white, etc while the team name and position listed are all in the same color.

You will find the lettering to be in any of the following colors, green, yellow, light green, orange, blue, red, black, pink, and light blue. Above this section, taking up about two-thirds of the remaining space, is a color picture of a player in a close up pose. Just to the left in a colored box, is a black and white picture of the player in a batting, fielding, or pitching pose.

It is safe to say that there has not been a set issued by Topps since, that combines both the vibrant colors and the abundance of information like the 1960 set has. Perhaps, the fact that the set has its own identity, by being the only 2 ½ by 3 ½ horizontal issue, is part of what makes it unique. Whatever the case may be, the 1960 baseball card set will always be one of the better products that Topps has ever produced.
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