Sunday, October 19, 2014

1961 Topps Stamps...an Orioles panel!


When I found this on eBay I grabbed it right away. I'm a huge fan of the 1961 stamp inserts. I like them so much more than the color stamps Topps went to the next year or anything in the 'stamp' category that Topps came up with later.

I think I've linked this thread from Net54Baseball previously but it's a nice resource and look at the history of Topps' use of stamps as inserts and incentives. Of course the author describes these '61s as 'somewhat drab' and that's true but I love the detail of the frame, the use of the picture background and just the overall 'feel' of them.

The Gentile/Estrada panel instantly became my 'top of the line' example of these. Two Orioles on a sigle panel is something I've never owned until now. I'm still in the market for a nice '61 Album but they don't become available very often. One of these days I'll come across one.

7 comments:

  1. They look more like postage stamps than the ones that came after.

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  2. I like the 61's much more self also..have never seen the booklets for the 61 or 62 sets. Must be pretty scarce.

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  3. 'somewhat drab'

    That is what makes them better than other years.

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  4. They were real stamps? Issued by Topps? Didn't know they had such an oddball.
    They look quite nice!

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    1. They did it a few times. 61,62,69,74.

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