Those of us who have been collecting non-sport cards for 25 years or more are quite aware of the debt of gratitude owed to Topps. They have produced non-sport cards longer than any other company and have provided us with an unbelievable variety of subjects to collect. I used 25 years as an example because collectors who have only become involved in non-sport cards recently may not appreciate the history of Topps and the cornerstone they have provided.
To celebrate 75 years, Topps has produced a 100-card base set, Foil Parallel Base cards (1:pack, Diamond Sparkle 1:33 & Glossy 1:244), Printing Plates (1:610), 8 Mini Cards (4:24) Test Issue Cards (1:24), Stamped Buyback (1:17), Stamped Buyback Autographs (1:1,960), 7 Cut Signatures (1:23,325), Autographs (1:10), Autograph Parallels: Rainbow Foil (1:71) & Diamond Sparkle (1:141). Our box yielded: 100-card base set, 24 Foil Parallel Base cards, one Test Issue Card, one Stamped Buyback, four Mini Cards and three Autographs.
Topps 75th – Base Card 26 – Mars Attacks
When we became serious about collecting non-sport trading cards in the mid 1970s, things were a lot simpler. If you were collecting sets like Star Wars or Star Trek (for example), all you had to worry about if you wanted what was considered a complete set was whether your box contained all 11 stickers. When there were more than 11 stickers, as in the case of Star Trek, it would take several boxes. Today if you are a completist, it takes many, many boxes or lots of money on eBay to finish off a set. I don’t particularly enjoy the idea of so many inserts in the Topps 75th but I did enjoy traveling back in time and seeing such cards as Elizabeth Taylor on Who-Z-At-Star, Elvis Presley (the coloring looks way off), Space Cards, Mars Attacks (Destroying a Dog), Outer Limits (you won’t have to worry about the black border flaking off as you do with the originals), Lost In Space, Green Hornet, Wacky Packages, Planet of the Apes (again, the coloring if off), Garbage Pail Kids, and I must say there seem to be too many of what I call modern cards from the 1980s and 1990s. The idea of including test issue cards is great and our box had Superman in the Jungle.
I didn’t find the monochrome box or wrapper coloring very appealing but the variety of cards inside should perk up the interest of collectors and perhaps give them some ideas for adding sets to their collections; sets they may have not seen before or have forgotten existed.
Topps 75th – Base Card 32 – Monster Greeting Cards
Topps 75th – Base Card 44 – Frankenstein Valentine Stickers
Topps 75th – Mini Card 3
Topps 75th – Bill Mumy Autograph Card