|Actual size is 12" x 20"|
I consider 1969 the most ambitious year for Topps test issues, as they ran the gamut from tiny rub-on decals to this wall-ready poster set.
- 1969 Topps #5, AL Home Run Leaders
- 1969 Topps 4-in-1 Stickers (unnumbered)
- 1969 Topps Deckle-Edged #5, Jim Fregosi
- 1969 Topps Player Stamps #5, Atlanta Braves
- 1969 Topps Rub-On Decals (unnumbered)
- 1969 Topps Supers #5, Carl Yastrzemski
- 1969 Topps Team Posters #5, Baltimore Orioles (this post)
Team posters sold singly (and folded into wax packs) for ten cents each. All 24 franchises get a poster with several players, including the four expansion clubs (Montreal, Seattle, San Diego, Kansas City). The visible folds aren't considered condition issues unless they tear or start to flake off ink.
Value: Several posters prove popular and hard to come by, including the Series champion Miracle Mets, Yankees (Mantle's final active appearance), Pirates (Stargell, Clemente, Mazeroski), and aforementioned one-year Pilots. I've never seen an unfolded proof, but they might exist, and would command a hefty premium. The Orioles include two HOFers, so runs more than "lesser" teams. This mid-grade #5 cost me $40 on eBay.
Fakes / reprints: It'd be tough to fake the complete look, but they might exist. Make sure you're buying a 12" x 20" poster and be suspicious of any without folds.
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