As I’ve mentioned a number of times here, I went to a regional card show in April. There was one dealer who specialized in vintage non-sport, but also had a lot of reasonably priced vintage baseball. As I was winding down on my baseball purchases, I was idly gazing down at the tables with the non-sports when a voice in my head said “Yo, dummy! 1961 Topps Sports Cars!”.
For those of you who haven’t seen my prior posts on these, you can see them here. For those of you who don’t care to go through the prior posts, my history with this set goes like this: I bought my first one on COMC in late 2014 as an impulse buy, but once I got it shipped to me and saw how nice it looked, I wanted more… and then more, and before long I decided to go after the 66-card set. It’s not a particularly rare or expensive set and I don’t know of any shortprints, but it’s also a set that not a lot of dealers carry.
Maxwell Smart drove a red Sunbeam during the earlier seasons of Get Smart, but his was a Sunbeam Tiger (and a later model), rather than the Alphine shown here. From what I’ve read, Alpines and Tigers look similar but the Tiger had a larger engine.
The card says the car is based on a Hillman Husky station wagon.
Bocar had a fiberglass body and a Corvette engine. (I apologize for the tilted scan)
The back of the Karmann Ghia card says it has a whopping 36 horsepower! Wooooooo!
The Karmann Ghia also allowed me to complete my first page!
With this batch of cards I’ve made it to two-thirds of the set – 44 out of 66 cards. I’m enjoying the casual pursuit of this set, but I may have to get a little bit more aggressive so that it doesn’t take me another 2-3 years to finish it.