Friday, September 16, 2011

1964 Topps reverse side

Although card backs are rarely mentioned, the back can be highly fascinating. By offering facts that people might not be aware of, they complete a picture. A treasure trove of interesting, amusing, and practical information on baseball trivia. Children and adults both enjoyed the cartoons on the back. Some of them featured tests on baseball's history or regulations.

The back has the card number in the upper left corner, inside a baseball with the word "Topps." There is also a blurb about the player, and below that is the player's bio and statistics. A new twist was added this year in the form of a "magic" answer to a trivia question about the player. Collectors are instructed to "rub the edge of the nickel over the blank area for a magic answer."

Chicago Cubs 1964 Topps Checklist

Number Player
1 NL ERA Leaders Ellsworth
29 Lou Brock
55 Ernie Banks
78 Merritt Ranew
96 Bob Buhl
111 Don Elston
131 Steve Boros
175 Billy Williams
192 Rookie Stars Boccabella RC/Cowan RC
220 Dick Ellsworth
237 Chicago Cubs TC
252 Ken Aspromonte
269 Ellis Burton
286 Don Landrum
309 Paul Toth
336 Andre Rodgers
359 Jim Schaffer
375 Ron Santo
408 Rookie Stars Stewart/Burdette RC
424 Dick Bertell
444 Larry Jackson
451 Joe Amalfitano
469 Rookie Stars Norman RC/Slaughter RC
486 Bob Kennedy MG
510 Lindy McDaniel
548 Rookie Stars Schurr RC/Speckenbach RC
550 Ken Hubbs In Memoriam
557 Leo Burke
578 Glen Hobbie

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