There’s a new book on the market covering a very important time frame for collecting non-sport trading cards. The Vintage Trading Card Price Guide lists over 400 sets from 1960 to 1985, with more than 320 photos. The 271-page book, done in black & white, is authored by Todd Frye.
There’s an introductory section telling you all about what’s in the book and what’s not in the book. The author stresses the fact this is just a guide and the prices are given in ranges, rather than exact prices based on condition. He also explains where one might obtain more information.
Readers of Non-Sport Update magazine know many sets from the 1980s have been removed from our price guide in order to make room for the long listings of newer sets. Looking over the prices for most sets from the 1980s in this book emphasizes this was a good era for removing sets. The prices just have not changed making it unnecessary to repeatedly list them in a price guide.
Even though the sets from the 1980s are not in our price guide, there are still a lot of interesting sets and information about them can be found in this book. To this day, sets from the 1960s remain highly desirable and collectors will enjoy the information about these sets. All of the descriptions of the sets are really well done and whether or not you agree with the prices, you need this book for the information it provides.
I especially like the listings about test issues. There was never a whole lot of information about these sets even in The Sports Americana Guides by Benjamin and Eckes. All through the book, you will find some listings without prices because of their volatility, which is another good idea. When applicable, Frye explains the difference between sets issued in the U.S. and the same titles issued in other countries. He also talks about sets which have been reprinted for example Batman. There’s a smattering of bread, candy, and cereal issues listed but a complete list of those could probably fill another book.
This is a great book to add to your non-sport card library. Even the most experienced collector will gain some new information. You can order a copy via the blue button below. You’ll find a couple of sample pages below as well.