Flashback Product of the Week: 1960 Nu-Card Hi-Lites

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Nu-Card is a manufacturer which I’m not that familiar with.  They issued various sports and non-sports related sets in the 1960’s.  Their 1960 Baseball Hi-Lites set contains 72 3 1/4″ x 5 3/8″ cards designed to look like newspaper stories.  Each card front covers an event in baseball history, and the backs have a short baseball quiz.  Card numbers 1-18 have two different variations.  The most common variation that you’ll find are cards that have red and black text on the front.  These are copyrighted by NCI.  The harder to find cards are printed in all black and are copyrighted by CVC.  Someone must have complained about the card’s size, because the following year Nu-Card issued Baseball Scoops.  The concept was the same as Baseball Hi-Lites, but the cards were much smaller.

Prices for these cards and complete sets are all over the place.  Its all based on condition.  Baseball Card Exchange has a full box for sale.  The asking price is only $12,500.00.  They had this box on display during the National along with some other funky stuff.

Card of the Day: Jim Brown 1960 Topps #23

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Card of the Day: Pat Summerall 1960 Topps #77

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Card of the Day: Honus Wagner 1960 Fleer #62

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1960 Fleer Casper The Friendly Ghost

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Continuing the Halloween theme for this month, today we have 1960 Fleer Casper The Friendly Ghost.  This is another 66-card set that features Casper and various other Harvey Cartoon characters.  As you can imagine, Casper is the main subject of this set, but you’ll also find Baby Huey, Spooky, and Little Audrey.  Casper has a huge pop-culture following which is probably why single sealed packs can sell for well over one hundred dollars depending on the condition.  Boxes are worth well over a thousand dollars if you’re lucky enough to find one.

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Gotta love that wood grain television design.  It reminds me of 1955 Bowman Baseball.  Acetate card stock would work well for a modern day Casper set.  You can see through it just like a ghost.

Card of the Day: Grover Cleveland Alexander 1960 Fleer #5

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Topps Officially Has Valentine’s Day Covered

In 1961 Topps added another Valentine’s Day set to their crazy lineup of products.  The official name of it was Topps Giant Funny Valentines.  I refer to this set as the “tall boys” of Valentine’s Day products.  Unlike the other Valentine’s Day sets Topps issued in 1959 and 1960, these cards are much bigger.  The cards found in the 1961 set measure 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″.  I guess Topps thought they had to change things up a bit.  All of the drawings were done by Jack Davis.  On the front you’ll find a cartoon which sets you up for a punchline on the back.  Topps reissued them again in 1966.

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1961 Topps Giant Funny Valentines #53 front

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1961 Topps Giant  Funny Valentines #53 back – its not uncommon to find writing on the backs considering they were made to be given to people

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1960 Topps Funny Valentines front

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1959 Topps Funny Valentines front

Garbage Pail Kids also have a bunch of Valentine’s Day themed cards.

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1960 Fleer Yule Laff

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1960 Fleer Yule Laff is a 66-card set featuring different holiday comic greetings.  Each box came with (24) 5 cent wax packs.  The backs of the cards look like postcards, and it wouldn’t surprise me if you could actually mail them.  Packs can be picked-up for around $20.00 a piece.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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On the front of the box and packs you’ll notice a spider about to land on Santa.  Fifty years later that same spider made a cameo appearance in 2010 Topps National Chicle 🙂

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Card of the Day: Art Mahaffey 1960 Topps RC #138

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1960 Topps Funny Valentines Series A

It always amazes me to look back and see what kind of products Topps made back in the day.  1960 Topps Funny Valentines Series A is a 66-card set that contains interesting artwork along with witty Valentines Day sayings.  During the late 50’s and early 60’s, these sets must have been popular because Topps produced more than one set like this.

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