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Having now wrested a monopoly in their industry, Topps in 1956 ventured into supplemental activities beyond the scope of mere baseball cards. They devised an "introductory" issue in the form of baseball collector pins that borrowed images from their mainstream card issue. Sixty different were selected for the exercise - presumably as a test to measure their viability with young collectors. We'd assume that had that pin issue demonstrated marketing strength, succeeding series would have been produced, and the world today would be awash with 340 different subjects of 1956 Topps pins. Obviously, that didn't happen. The pins went over with a thud, and Topps looked elsewhere to exert their energies. A half a century later, our collecting community thrills at the failed folly of 1956...the very scarce and beautifully colored pins have emerged among the elite collectibles of our generation.
Here offered is a complete set of those little treasures - to include a box in which they were packaged. In terms of condition, there are essentially no disappointments in this set - overall, it averages EX/MT-NM. As should be expected, the 60 different subjects in the issue are richly ladened with superstars. However, most intriguing is the marked scarcity (in the relative sense) of Chuck Diering, Chuck Stobbs, and Hector Lopez. Truth is, there probably aren't enough '56 Topps pins in circulation to determine a true accuracy in the distributions of the subjects. This offered set is in remarkable condition. Advanced collectors are sorely aware that the surfaces of this pin issue are highly sensitive to handling. But we invite the reader to consider the condition merits of the stars in this offered set, which detail: Aaron - EX; Banks - NM; Berra - NM; Diering - NM; Hodges - EX; Kaline - EX/MT; Lopez - EX/MT-NM; Mathews - EX/MT; Mays - EX; Rizzuto - EX/MT; Robinson - VG/EX; Snider - EX/MT; Spahn - NM; Stobbs - NM; and Ted Williams - NM. Accompanying is a box that packaged these pins (which, incidentally, promised on the reverse that there would be 90 different). This one is very clean with virtually no surface wear to its colorful graphics. We report that it's missing one of the small closing tabs, and a mild crease passes through Williams' cap - in all, it's about EX.
1956 Topps Pins Complete Set (60) With Original Box
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