I’ve been working on the 1964 Topps Giants set since the late 1980′s, and all along I’ve been bewildered as to why this set isn’t more popular. I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be the misguided one concerning these. There’s no reason why anybody would want these cards.
Look at this Hank Aaron card… Who would want such a big portrait of Hammerin’ Hank in a Milwaukee Braves cap? C’mon, Milwaukee? Team hasn’t existed for over 45 years.
The cards are oversized, and don’t fit into 9-pocket pages. Nobody likes oversized cards, right? You all want minis! MINIS, I TELL YOU!
The cards are generally cheaper than their 1964 Topps counterparts, meaning that they’re not a good investment. Stay away from them.
There’s no foil, no refractor parallel, no stats on the back. These barely qualify as baseball cards.
Oh, did I mention short prints? Nearly 12% of the set is short printed! TWELVE PERCENT! Outrageous!
Look at the checklist! Gary Peters? Bob Bailey? Chuck Hinton? Dick Farrell? Camilo Pascual? Wayne Causey? Galen Cisco? What’s with all these guys? Where are the Hall Of Famers? This set has hardly anybody of interest in it, only Aaron and Koufax and Kaline and Mantle and Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson and Spahn and Marichal and Killebrew and Gibson and Yaz and Mays and Santo. Maybe a couple of other guys.
And where’s Roberto Clemente? You’d think he’d be in this set, but there’s just some guy named Bob Clemente. Probably some guy they included just so that the Senators would have somebody in the set.
This set is hardly worth anybody’s time, especially you dealers at the National. I see this set’s value being ready to tank, and I highly recommend that you discount all of your inventory of 1964 Topps Giants.
Especially the short prints. And Bob Clemente.