Monday, February 6, 2012

A question about 1975 Topps

I was surprised to see that in 1975 for $0.40 and 1 wrapper you could send away for all 24 Team Checklist Cards. I had no idea they did that. Seems like a pretty sweet deal to me. Anyone out there every remember sending in 40 cents and a wrapper for the team cards? Did they do this multiple years? if so, when did they stop? I'm guessing that the team cards could be found in packs as well, so why did they do this? Anyone out there have any answers?


  1. I sent away for them as a kid in 1975. They came to my house in a big, rolled up sheet with all of the team cards connected. You had to cut them into individual cards. The card stock of the cards on the sheet was much thinner than the regular cards and it was on white, rather than dark cardboard.

    I remember that you could do the same in 1976 and 1977, and my brother, I think, ordered them in 1977 (I ended up with the Pirates card somehow). I don't know how long the offer lasted. It wasn't always advertised on the back of the team cards. It was probably advertised on wrappers some years.

    As for why they did this: I imagine collectors got a thrill of getting all the team cards at once. I had very little money as a 9-year-old so the idea of getting all those cards at once was cool.

  2. While I was collecting these when they were new (yes, I'm THAT old) I didn't send in for the checklists. Why would I? They were just checklists? And .40 back then is about $1.75 today. Would you pay that much for a set of 2012 Topps flagship checklists? Maybe.

    Anyway, they used to have some pretty good offers on the wrappers and with inserts (kind of like they do today, but back then stuff was a little funner). Anyway, I think this is a good question for our friend over at the Topps Archives blog.

  3. I didn't do this in "75, I must be as old as Kyle4KC, but I believe I did it in the following years. I'll try to find them and post them on my blog "The baseball card snob".

  4. I sent for them every year in the late 70s. I used them as my checklists so that my regular checklists would remain unmarked. I wish I still had them.

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  6. I have some of the 1980 and 1982 checklists in front of me now. By the looks of them they must have came sheets because my scissors didn't cut too straight.