Card of the Day: Sam Huff 1959 Topps RC #51

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Card of the Day: 1959 Fleer Indian – Eskimo Returning To His Igloo #78

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 1959 Liberty Bowl Pin – Penn State vs. Alabama

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On December 19, 1959 the first Liberty Bowl game took place at Philadelphia Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia, PA.  Penn State took on Alabama in a battle of defenses ultimately winning 7-0.  This was Bear Bryant’s first bowl appearance.  At the time, Rip Engle was the coach for Penn State.

This 1959 Liberty Bowl pin isn’t the easiest piece of college memorabilia to find.  One recently sold for over $100.00.

Card of the Day: Sadaharu Oh 1959 JCM 33

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Card of the Day: 1959 Fleer Indians – Eskimo With Snow Goggles #76

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Card of the Day: Sadaharu Oh 1959 JCM 31c Murakami

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1959 “Topps” You’ll Die Laughing

Its almost Halloween, so I think I’ll mix things up for the next few Flashback Product of the Week posts.

In 1959 Topps released a product called You’ll Die Laughing.  It features a 66-card set and contains some gruesome images of monsters and all types of creatures.  By today’s standards, you probably won’t think the artwork is all that bad, but in ’59 it was a hot topic.  Before this set was released, Topps anticipated parents would get upset over the artwork, thats why you won’t find the Topps name anywhere on the cards.  Instead Topps went under the name Bubble Inc. in order to avoid bad publicity and they added funny captions to each card hoping to soften their image.  Topps was right, parents didn’t like the graphic images and the bad publicity actually helped drive more sales.  PSA actually has a really good article about this set.

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In today’s hobby, one of the most popular and creative companies producing card sets based on monsters would be Monsterwax.  If your into this kind of stuff, I highly suggest you check them out.  They truly take their time when putting a set together.  Their products are very limited.  For example, the card pictured below comes from their Shock Stories set.  Monsterwax only produced 1,000 boxes.  Collectors can look for a sketch card inside each box as well as a 3D card inside each pack.

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Card of the Day: Ted Williams 1959 Fleer – Ted Hooks A Big One #54

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1959 Fleer Ted Williams

Fleer was trying to establish themselves as a major card manufacturer by 1959.  Topps had control over most of the market and had snatched up almost every player in MLB, except for Ted Williams that year.  Williams was really ahead of his time and new the value of his image, thats why he held out for more money and decided to go with Fleer.  The deal may have worked out better for Williams, but this is one decision Fleer wished they never went through with.  That year, Fleer released an 80-card set based solely on Ted Williams and nobody else.  Talk about limiting your market!  Not only did the set feature Williams in various baseball poses, but it also showed him doing activities in daily life.  It was a complete failure because if you weren’t a Red Sox or Williams fan, you probably weren’t going to buy a pack.  Not too many collectors were interested in having a card picturing Williams fishing or just relaxing.

Just an FYI.  Card number 68 was pulled from production early and is the rarest card in the set.  It is heavily counterfeited.

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Show These Cards Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Roses are red;
Violets are blue;
I can’t believe Topps made a Valentine’s Day set too.

The year is 1959.  Eisenhower was President.  The Dodgers defeated the White Sox in the World Series.  And yes, Topps created an entire set based on Valentine’s Day.  At this point in time Topps was on top of the collecting world.  They had already purchased their biggest competitor, Bowman, and it seemed like they could do no wrong.  Along with creating a popular baseball and football set that year, Topps made some crazy looking sets as well.  They released products such as Funny Monsters and Wacky Plaks.  If you’ve never seen Wacky Plaks, I highly suggest checking them out.  Some of the sayings you’ll find on them will crack you up.  I’m assuming that Topps released Funny Valentines around February that year, just because it seems strange to release this product at another time.  Its a 66-card set that features some cool artwork and entertaining punchlines.  This product must have been popular because Topps released another version in 1960.  Its still possible to find sealed packs that sell for about $35.00 each.  I’m not sure how a product like Funny Valentines would do in today’s hobby.  It probably wouldn’t do very well, not unless each box guaranteed an authentic arrow head used by Cupid himself or a serious amount of sketch cards.  Here is how I look at it.  If Topps can bring back Garbage Pail Kids, Funny Valentines has a chance.  Have a great Valentine’s Day weekend!  Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do 😉
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