Card of the Day: Al Downing 1962 Topps RC #219

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Card of the Day: Fred Williamson 1962 Fleer RC #74

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Card of the Day: Hank Aaron 1962 Topps #320

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Jackie Robinson 1962 Hall of Fame Induction Press Pin

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Cooperstown has spoken.  The 2014 Induction Class includes Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Frank Thomas.  I’m a bit surprised that Craig Biggio didn’t make it in, but I’m sure it won’t be long until he gets there.  At least this year’s class has people that are still alive.  Guys like Sosa, McGwire, Clemens, and Bonds will never make it in.

Jackie Robinson is one of the most influential athletes of all time.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962 along with Bob Feller, Bill McKechnie, and Edd Roush.  The Hall of Fame held a luncheon announcing Robinson’s induction and members of the press were provided with this pin.  I don’t know what it is about these pewter pins, but some of them freak me out.  I think its the eyes.  They always look so empty.  Collectors wanting to add this pin to their collection will have to open their wallets.  One recently sold for $300.00.

Card of the Day: Tim McCarver 1962 Topps #167

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Card of the Day: Lou Brock 1962 Topps RC #387

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Card of the Day: 1962 Topps Mars Attacks – The Frost Ray #23

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1962 Topps Civil War News

Violent images appearing on collectible cardboard were all the rage back in the 60’s.  It didn’t matter if the pictures were of aliens invading Earth or graphic images of some of the most horrific battles in American history, these sets were popular.  In 1962, Topps released an 88-card set entitled Civil War News which depicted many images from the Civil War.  They were so detailed, parents were up in arms and didn’t want their children seeing so much violence.  Ironically this made the set even more popular because whats more fun than going against something your parents don’t like?  I thought this product would be appropriate since today is Memorial Day.

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1962 Topps Mars Attacks

Its not too often that a card set inspires a movie.  Usually movies inspire card sets, but thats not the case with the 1962 Topps Mars Attacks set.  This 55-card set features some of the most violent images ever placed on cardboard.  Back in the 60’s, parents were up in arms claiming that children shouldn’t be exposed to such graphic images.  You have to admit, the images are really graphic and no manufacturer would get away with this today.  This set is quite popular, unlike the 1996 film.

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’62 Topps Printing Plate Scam

I Am Joe Collector spotted a great scam taking place on eBay yesterday and I thought I’d dig a little deeper on the subject.  He found someone claiming they owned the actual printing plates from 1962 Topps Baseball and Football.  This person is attempting to sell each individual plate for $60.00 to $80.00.  If those were real plates and/or proofs, they’d be selling for a lot more money than that.  So far it looks as if only one person fell for their little scam.  I e-mailed the seller and asked where they obtained these items, and they claim to have purchased them at the Topps sale of 1989.  Topps did sell a lot of items from their “Vault” back in ’89, but these were not on the list.  In addition to that, these plates/proofs don’t even come with a COA from The Topps Company.

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This is suppose to be a plate of Mike Mercer from ’62 Topps Football.  Don’t you love the authentic label they slapped on there?  Any idiot with a label maker could do this.

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This is a nice PSA look alike grading holder.  If its too good to be true, it probably is.