Flashback Product of the Week: 1966 Topps Marvel Flyers

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Oh Topps!  Your blind packaged novelty products will never stop surprising me.  Marvel Flyers was a product released by Topps in 1966.  Inside each pack you’ll find one toy flyer that features the likeness of a Marvel character.  Just attach the wings and tale, and you’re ready to go.  The set consists of twelve toy flyers: Human Torch, Iron Man, Dare Devil, The Hulk, The Wasp, Captain America, The Thing, Sub Mariner, Thor, Spider-Man, The Angel, and Dr. Doom.  These may look like a joke, but don’t let that 10 cent price tag fool you.  An entire set with twelve pack wrappers recently sold for over $700.00.  Individual flyers can sell depending on the condition anywhere from $30.00 to $200.00.  It also helps if you have the pack wrapper too.  Not too bad for a dinky packaged toy.  I’m sure many parents, babysitters, brothers, sisters, and pets were annoyed by these flying pests.

Marvel products from the 60s sure aren’t the only thing collectors are spending their money on.  Upper Deck released a Marvel Edition of their popular Fleer Retro brand which has collectors spending hundreds if not thousands on rare Precious Metal Gems cards.

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Card of the Day: Willie Stargell 1966 Topps #255

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Card of the Day: Fred Valentine 1966 Topps #351

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1966 Topps Monster Laffs

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Continuing the horror theme for October, this week its going to be 1966 Topps Monster Laffs.  This is another 66-card set that contains black-and-white still images from cheaply made “B” movies.  Beneath the picture you’ll find a smart-ass remark, and on the back a joke.  Some are funny while others are just right out dumb.  What strikes me the most about this product aren’t the cards, but the box they came in.

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This is the actual box the 36 cello packs were distributed in.  It has to be the most generic box design in all of trading card history.  It doesn’t give you a single hint as to what type of cards are inside.  You would think a product containing monsters and aliens would have some nice looking box art, but no.  Of all the jokes in this set, I think the box is the biggest one.  Its not like boxes at the time didn’t have artwork, because they clearly did.  I’m not saying this design couldn’t work.  But at least put a monster on the side of the box looking as if its going to attack little Johnny or something.  Way too generic.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1966 Fleer Weird-ohs Baseball

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Halloween is only a few weeks away, so I thought it would be fun to explore some ghoulish sets from the past.  This week its going to be 1966 Fleer Weird-ohs Baseball.

Fleer produced the first Weird-ohs set a year earlier in 1965.  It was based off of the toy models made by the Hawk Model Company.  In 1966 Fleer did a spin-off 66-card set based solely on baseball Weird-ohs, where as the ’65 set had multi-sport settings and a wide array of other themes.  On the front you’ll see a colorful image of some strange looking creatures done by artist Bill Campbell.  Underneath the picture is a caption that usually rhymes.  The reverse gives a descriptive back story to the character on the front.  These are entertaining to read as they often describe some type of comical violent scenario.  Lets just say if they played in the majors, they’d hold the record for most hit batsmen.

Weird-ohs are right up there with oddball sets such as Odd Rods.  They have model kits, action figures, and trading cards.  Back in 2007/2008 Weird-ohs were reissued, but nothing new was included.  Its basically a reprinted set from the ’60’s.

Looking back at all these old wax packs really makes you appreciate the artwork not only on the cards, but on the packs as well.  Its something today’s hobby lacks.  I’m not saying cards don’t come in fancy packaging, because they clearly do.  Tins, wooden boxes, and bags are seen everywhere today, but I don’t think anything can compare to the artwork on the cover of a small wax pack.  Modern packs remind me of Pop-Tart packages.  All silver with very little design to them.

Card of the Day: Ben Davidson 1966 Topps #108

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Card of the Day: 1966 Topps Batman – Frozen By Frost #32B

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Card of the Day: Tony Taylor 1966 Topps #585

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Baltimore Orioles 1966 World Series Press Pin

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The 1966 World Series placed the Baltimore Orioles against the LA Dodgers.  Baltimore ended up sweeping the Dodgers in 4 games.  Frank Robinson was the MVP.  Dodgers outfielder Jim Barbieri became the first person to play in both the Little League World Series and Major League World Series.

Members of the press were given the above pin.  In today’s market, they sell for around $70.00.  Press pins remain some of the most sought after pins for collectors.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1966 Donruss – Marvel Super Heroes

The summer movie season has begun.  Thor was absolutely fantastic!  I loved the story, graphics, and of the course the little post-credit scene at the end.  Watchers even got a little taste of Hawkeye too.  This just makes me even more excited for the other movies due out later this summer such as X-Men: First Class, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Green Lantern.  Its all building-up to The Avengers next year.  Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and god knows who else all in the same movie.  Its going to be totally insane!!!

In 1966, Donruss produced a product called Marvel Super Heroes.  The set consists of 66 cards, and covers all of Marvels favorite comic characters at the time.  I like the cards that have empty comic book bubbles that let collectors fill in their own captions.  I’d consider this set semi-popular, especially this time of year when all the movies are coming out.  A complete set recently sold for $175.00.  The empty pack wrappers sell for $15.00.

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