Thursday, May 15, 2014

Venezuelan Topps 1964 Billy Pierce

I hope you're not tired of Bill Pierce because if you are you will be tuning me out over the next few days. I've added several items to my Pierce collection and here is the most interesting.

This is the '64 Topps #222 Bill Pierce as issued in Venezuela. The card is nearly identical to my domestic version which I have posted below. The obvious difference is the black ink used on the back as opposed to the orange. One other change you can see easily is the "Printed in U.S.A." type is missing from the Venezuelan version but appears next to the copyright line in the orange-backed card.

One thing I'm not sure about is the difference in clarity and color of the photo and the cardboard stock itself. Looking at googled images of the Venezuelan Topps cards of 1964 doesn't give me anything conclusive. Some of the others appear to be on similar stock while others don't. Lots of possible answers, none of which really matter.

I was aware of Venezuelan versions of Topps cards being out there but never really gave it much thought. They certainly don't strike me as essential to a PC but I view them more as an interesting oddball item. Topps produced these most years from 1959 until 1968. The Lifetime Topps Project did a nice post on the background of these and rather than regurgitate the details you can read the post right here.

One last thing. I picked this one up on eBay from a seller in Venezuela. He sent it (very quickly I might add) via Fed EX and it was accompanied by some interesting paperwork which included a copy of what appears to be the sellers national ID card and the document below. Note the fingerprints that were required to send this along to me. Interesting stuff.