Saturday, March 20, 2010

Poll: Do you collect big cards?

Most of today's cards use the iconic 2.5" x 3.5" size Topps established in 1957, but not everyone does that. Even modern sets sometimes juggle their dimensions and try to catch collectors with something unusual.

1988 Topps Big Baseball, 2.75" x 3.75"

Size and orientation makes a big difference to how a collection looks and displays. Topps from 1955, 1956, and 1960 use horizontals exclusively and they pop up occasionally into the 1970s.

1956 Topps, my favorite set, also 2.75" x 3.75"

A size upgrade means bigger pictures and more visual possibilities. This one shows Ted close-up and in-action, something not easily done on a smaller canvas. Check out how other sizes put their space to use.

1953 Red Man NL, 3.5" square

1967 Topps Posters, 5" x 7"

1969 Topps Posters, 16" x 20" (!)

Card storage is most convenient when everything fits in 9-pocket pages, but collecting isn't all about making it easy on ourselves. See the left sidebar for this week's poll: what sizes do you collect?


John Bateman said...

2 1/2 by 3 1/2 is perfection. It is like the 24 second clock in Basketball and 36-24-36.

Matthew Glidden said...

Good point! Topps "down-sized" the cards 1 year after its early 1956 purchase of Bowman. Wonder what led to the change from horizontal to vertical, though?