Card of the Day: Winston Hill 1965 Topps #116

Card of the Day: Willie Brown 1965 Topps #46

Card of the Day: Tommy John 1965 Topps #208

Card of the Day: Harvey Haddix 1965 Topps #67

Card of the Day: Rusty Staub 1965 Topps #321

Card of the Day: Jim Bunning 1965 Topps #20

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Card of the Day: 1965 Topps Mets Rookie Stars #533

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Card of the Day: Johnny Orsino 1965 Topps #303

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1965 Topps Push-Pull

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Test issues can be funny.  Especially the ones put out by Topps.  Many of them didn’t make it past that test phase because they simply weren’t popular.  Ironically they’re popular now since most test issues weren’t widely distributed.  Not being popular decades ago can equal a high demand today.

The 1965 Topps Push-Pull set consists of (36) cards.  Each card comes with two photos inside.  When you push or pull the tab, the photo changes.  There are only a few baseball players within this set – Mickey Mantle/Yogi Berra #6, Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig #17, and Casey Stengel #19.  The other (33) cards aren’t of sports figures at all.  You’ll find cards of famous people, places, and things in here as well.  I’ve always found them to be a bit creepy.  It looks as if someone is looking through your blinds like a psycho.  Whatever Casey Stengel sees through that shutter isn’t making him happy.  I think its the smiling pictures though that scare me the most.

Condition is a major factor, just like it is with any vintage product.  Considering these cards have moving parts, its not uncommon for them to be in bad condition.  Not to mention that 90% of the card is covered in black.  You’re just asking for chipping.  Plus being an odd size doesn’t help for storage.

By far the most popular card is that of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra.  Depending on the condition, that card can fetch over $300.00.  The Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig comes in second, and then Casey Stengel.  All of the other cards aren’t that expensive, and can be picked up for about $20.00 to $30.00.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1965 Donruss Spec Sheet

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Still no word yet on who will be producing the next generation of NASCAR cards.  NASCAR has said on a handful of occasions that they are close to making a deal, but aren’t ready to announce who that company might be.  Leaf has come out and stated that they withdrew from being in the running.  So we all know that Leaf and NASCAR won’t be doing business together.  At least not now.  That leaves Topps, Upper Deck, and Panini.  Panini is the obvious choice.  D.J. Kazmierczak works for Panini now, but was once the top guy for Press Pass.  Panini may also be the company with the most financial backing too.  I’d like to see Topps or Upper Deck make a deal.  I don’t think any of those entertainment card manufacturers have much of a chance either.

Long before Panini came into the picture, Donruss stood alone.  Donruss got it’s start in 1954 making sugary treats, but then got into the trading card business.  Most of their first sets were entertainment based.  When 1965 rolled around they issued their very first sports themed set for Hot Rod Magazine.  The set consists of 66 cards, and were distributed in gum packs.  Various types of racing are covered throughout the entire set.  You’ll find everything from IndyCar to drag racing.  Probably the most interesting card is the one pictured above.  This is card #49 and it features Bobby Unser during his Pikes Peak Climb championship.

Complete sets can sell for $50.00 to $100.00.  Sealed packs seem to be in bigger demand.  Packs do not say “Spec Sheet” on them.  Instead they just say “Hot Rod”.  I have no clue as to why they call this set “Spec Sheet”.  “Hot Rod” is a lot cooler anyway.