Thanks to 23 years (!) in Boston, Yaz holds the games record for one-franchise players (3308) and is second all-time to Pete Rose (3562).
Today's post has special relevance to modern sets as the progenitor of glossy, high-quality photos on thicker, better-than-cardboard stock. Topps turned 1960s printing technology advances into a multitude of limited-run "test issues," creations similar to those published as inserts and parallels today. (More about these "tests" at OldBaseball.com.) My own #5 lost some paper from the front--I buy affordable--but still stands out as a sharp picture and distinctive design for its era.
Topps editors pulled out all the stops in 1969, shipping 8 different sets to some part of North America.
- Topps 4-in-1 Stickers (unnumbered)
- Topps baseball #5, 1968 AL HR Leaders
- Topps Decals (aka Rub-Ons, unnumbered)
- Topps Deckle-Edge (aka Deckles) #5, Jim Fregosi
- Topps Stamps & Stamp Albums #5, Atlanta Braves
- Topps Super (this post) #5, Yaz
- Topps Team Posters #5, Baltimore Orioles
- O-Pee-Chee #5, Ken Harrelson (shows most of the above in one post)
Looking to catch all 66 Super cards? It's possible for patient collectors who can invest $1000+ in a set. I've been working on a low-grade version for 8+ years and need about 10 more, mostly HOFers. Set your sights on the star-filled checklist, if you feel lucky.
Value: Super Baseball's sharp look and limited availability make it pricy to modern collectors. This Yaz was $50, even with paper missing. Lesser-known players run $10-20 in low grade, but superstars like Clemente and Mantle cost hundreds more.
Fakes / reprints: Haven't seen any in the marketplace, in part because many dealers slab all of their Supers, which would (hopefully) catch the bad ones.
Type collection count: This post marks #700 on the blog; thanks to all who've read this far. Only 14 away from Babe Ruth!