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10 More Random Post War Card Facts

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article called 10 Random Post War Baseball Card Facts and wanted to follow up with a few more bits of hobby info.


1968 Topps 3-D are so rare that the only rumors of them in stores were a brief stint in some Brooklyn candy stores over the summer. PSA has only graded ~700 of them.

1968 Topps 3-D Baseball Proof Box


Topps couldn’t get licensing rights for Richard Dreyfus or Francois Truffaut, so the two main characters of Close Encounters of the Third Kind aren’t in the 66-card set from 1978.

1978 Topps Close Encounters of the Third Kind Box


Topps retired card #7 in its sets after 1995 when Mickey Mantle died and reserved the number, on rare occasions, for Mantle himself.

2010 Topps #7 Mickey Mantle


Perhaps no more than a dozen 1968 Topps Test basketball sets exist (it’s a 22 player set).

1968 Topps Test Wilt Chamberlain


If you think the 1969 Topps Deckle Edge Baseball card set is just too tough to find in high-grade (zero PSA 10s and 62 PSA 9s with almost 8000 cards submitted), maybe try the 1970 OPC Hockey Deckle inserts. After nearly 2000 submissions, there are a whopping 29 PSA 10s.

1970 OPC Deckle Edge Jean Beliveau


Stan Musial played from 1941-1944 and 1946-1963, but his first Topps card was the 1958 All-Star since he didn’t sign a contract with the company until 1957.

1958 Topps Stan Musial All-Star


The 1950 Scott’s Chips George Mikan has only been graded by PSA 13 times. The set was distributed in potato chip and cheese potato boxes regionally. It’s even rarer than most regional releases because the cards were redeemable for game tickets and autographs.

1950 Lakers Scott’s George Mikan


Jean Beliveau is pictured on Dickie Moore’s 1953 Parkhurst card.

1953 Parkhurst “Dickie Moore”


A big hobby rumor is that Reggie Jackson wanted to acquire 563 of his rookie cards to sign when he got into the Hall of Fame.

1969 Topps Regie Jackson


Fleer and Donruss entered the card market in 1981 because, in 1980, the government ended the Topps monopoly.

1981 Donruss/Fleer Wax Packs

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