Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Closing in on the '68 Game Inserts

I think I mentioned that I have picked up the rest of the '68 Topps Game card set. But I'm still waiting for the last batch for arrive. Meanwhile...... 

That Mantle! I don't know of many vintage Mantle items that can be picked up for just a few dollars. The prices on eBay are all over the map but there are a couple up as I type this on Tuesday night that are well below $10. They pop up on COMC in that range from time to time as well. 

This set was issued begining with the 3rd Series of the Topps '68 set, the same series that contains Mantle's regular card. The '69 Mantle came out in in first year of retirement so the Game card is among the last Mantle items Topps produced during his playing days.

This next group contains a couple more of the cap-less  player cards (including Tommy Davis' Eddie Munster look) and two more good but not-great pitchers, Steve Hargan and Jim Lonborg. 

And then there is Roberto Clemente. Like the Mantle card Clemente can be had for very little. Not quite like owning the regular card but the Game card is a nice alternative.

The back of the 3rd Series checklist in the regular Topps set had a promo across the bottom. "Loading up your deck" seems like a good idea in Vegas, too!