Sunday, November 27, 2011

1968 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 1968 Topps has one of the most interesting backgrounds ever and appears to be a burlap design which featured a color photograph of the player surrounded by a round corner border. The players' names are located at the bottom of the card. The players' team and position are also located at the bottom of the card, but inside a colored circle.

The backs are similar to the popular 1967 set, except yellow instead of green and they are vertical just as they were in 1966 with the typical stats, biography, and fun trivia questions and answers. See how many you can get right.

Statistical Leaders (LL) (1 to 12)
Checklist cards (CL)(151 to 158)
Multiplayer cards (MP)
World Series Highlights (WS)
Rookie cards (RC)
All Star cards (AS)(361 to 380)

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

Chicago Cubs 1968 Topps Checklist

Number Player
5 NL Home Run Leaders Ron Santo
9 NL Pitching Leaders Ferguson Jenkins
11 NL Strikeout Leaders Ferguson Jenkins
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 Arcia RC/Schlesinger
279 Bill Hands
296 Byron Browne
321 Leo Durocher MG
339 Rich Nye
355 Ernie Banks
356 A Checklist 5 Ken Holtzman Head Centered within Circle
356 B Checklist 5 Ken Holtzman Head Shifted Right within Circle
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
516 Pete Mikkelsen
542 John Boccabella
561 Lee Elia
591 Dick Nen

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