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#2014098 - 12/29/12 03:16 PM The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread
vintagetoppsguy
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There are many different collecting styles, and I have always considered myself more of a set builder. I love building Topps baseball sets and my ultimate goal is to one day have a complete set of every year from 1952-73. Im very close to finishing 54, 55 and 56 Topps sets and hope to complete those three this next year. Im slowly working on other sets from the 50s and 60s as well. All of my sets are raw with the exception of the stars, most of which are graded SGC 5 or better. I choose to collect raw sets because theyre easier (and less expensive) to complete.

For some time now, Ive been thinking about doing a high grade SGC registry set. The years I considered were 56, 59, 60 63 and 65. I chose these years because of their bright colors. After a lot of consideration, Ive settled on 65 Topps. This is a project for my own enjoyment and I dont really care where my set ranks on the registry. Im not doing it to be competitive or to be number one, just doing it for fun. That means there wont be any upgrading.

My goal is for 8 or better throughout. I know its a slow process and I hope not to get frustrated and lose focus. Im going to start with the high numbers first and Ive already picked up my first six. Ill try to keep this thread updated with my progress during this project. Thanks for looking and any suggestions from other set registry builders would be appreciated.

http://www.sgccardregistry.com/set.aspx?cat=1&set=259&userset=7609

First 6 in my registry...






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#2014099 - 12/29/12 03:25 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: vintagetoppsguy]
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Awsome David!
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#2014100 - 12/29/12 04:01 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: Blackie]
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David are you going to just buy already graded or try to submit as well? I know that Sterling has had several 65's in SGC as well as Heritage. I know SGC 88's and especially 92's and better go kinda pricy but they are out there. I almost wish they were as plentiful as the PSA cards but unfortunately they are not at this time.

The 65's look great in SGC holders!

Good luck with the set brother and i will keep my eyes opwn for any 88's and above out there for ya.

Rob
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#2014101 - 12/29/12 04:03 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: Blackie]
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Nice choice. My advice, if you plan on buying cards that are already graded would be not to focus on only one part of the set. I always prefer to look at the whole pool, and pick out the nicest example of a particular card I can find. That way you don't miss out on any gems or potential "steals" along the way. It would have been tough for me to choose between '60 and '65.
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#2014130 - 12/30/12 03:51 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: mattbojo]
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I'll look forward to your progress as the set matures!
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#2014134 - 12/30/12 04:59 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: DrD]
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Awesome great choice, cant wait to see your progress!
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#2014135 - 12/30/12 05:25 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: SMtJoy]
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David, sounds like an awesome and fun project. I am contemplating doing the same with 1967 Topps...keep us posted on your pickups and the progress/process.

Rob

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#2014149 - 12/31/12 06:37 AM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: VANSLYKEFAN18]
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Good luck Dave.
I think I remember you saying that you had gotten engaged. After you're married maybe the two of you will plan on having kids . If that's the case, it just may be a long, slow process.

You have a very good eye for cards and it will be nice to see your progress. 65 is a great set.

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#2014299 - 01/02/13 01:39 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: gaugman]
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Thank you, guys.

A couple of more high numbers added. Brings my total to 8 high numbers. There really doesn't appear to be much competition with this set. The highest ranked is only at 38% completion and the one after that is only at 10% completion. As I stated in my first post, this is just a fun project for me and I don't care where I rank on the registry, but it would be nice to be number one some day


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#2014302 - 01/02/13 01:45 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: vintagetoppsguy]
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Those are sweet!!
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#2014305 - 01/02/13 01:52 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: vintagetoppsguy]
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Vintagetoppsguy, let me say I like your style. I am doing about the same as you. Most of my stars are graded and most everything else is raw. I have found buying nice, mid-grade raw commons allows me to be able to afford more high caliber star cards. With the exception of my 53 Mantle, I have been able to acquire everything EX 5 or better. The Mantle is a crease-free VGEX 4 that looks really nice.

My goal is to someday complete Topps sets from 53-59. So far, I have the 53 and have a decent start at 54. If I ever complete those 50s, I would either do what you are doing in the 60s or try a Play Ball or Bowman set.

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#2014764 - 01/12/13 08:24 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: vintagebaseball]
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It's been about a week since I've picked up anything, but I won this on eBay tonight...




I'm bidding on a few others that I hope to win this week.
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#2014870 - 01/15/13 10:44 AM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: vintagetoppsguy]
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Picked up my first 96 from a fellow board member (on eBay). I got outbid on another 96 though from a different seller. That brings my total to 10/91 high numbers.

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1956 Topps SGC 84 or Better (or raw equivalent)
1965 Topps SGC 88 or Better (or raw equivalent)

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#2014872 - 01/15/13 11:07 AM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: vintagetoppsguy]
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NICE!!!
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#2014874 - 01/15/13 02:19 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: Blackie]
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Never understood why these were called "Large Print" and "Small Print" since it's really more of a spacing issue than font size.



One of Ernie's worst poses and one of Boog's best.



I must be on the front rooooooooow! Only if Lou is saving you a seat, Uecker.



Rookie card of the guy who could've run for mayor of Boston in 1966 and won, next to the rookie card of Faith Hill's father in law.




A better fisherman than pitcher (so I've heard) and a future anchor for the Big Red Machine.



If not for these guys, Yankees would've cratered a year earlier.



Finishing up for now with a few high numbered team cards.



The 1965 set looks good no matter what holder they're in, or whether they're even in a slab. The good news about the high numbers, no other set in the 1960's has easier-to-find highs, until you get to 1968. I never bought the SP theory in 1965, but it has to be a factor. Since there were 132 cards to a sheet, or two sets of 66. The series runs from 523-598 which is 76 cards. By far, the most difficult series in 1965 is the 3rd/4th series, card numbers 197-370, followed by the 1st and 2nd. In fact, the Beckett price guide still lists #371-598 as a single, uninterrupted series with the commons at $7 per card. Wonder if Topps ramped up the print runs late in the year?

Don't get me wrong. There are some tough cards in high grade within the high series. It's just that these ain't them. Watch out for commons of the Twins and Cardinals as well as the usual Yankees and Dodgers. Another word of warning is to make sure the card completely fills the holder. There's a lot of trimming goin' on out there. (You know the sellers who I'm talkin' 'bout, Willis.)


Edited by bbo (01/16/13 11:05 AM)
Edit Reason: to remove scans of non-SGC cards
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#2014875 - 01/15/13 02:51 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: bbo]
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Beautiful '65s!
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#2014877 - 01/15/13 02:58 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: vintagetoppsguy]
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Speaking of cards that may have been trimmed, I'm noticing this a lot even in TPG slabs. I've had my eye on this card for a while, but the borders look really thin (compared to another card of the same). Are my eyes decieving me or do the borders look thin to anyone else?



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Collecting 1965 Topps High #'s SGC 88 or better: 10/91

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#2014921 - 01/16/13 07:14 PM Re: The Official 1965 Topps Baseball Thread [Re: vintagetoppsguy]
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Hi David

I think the Lefebvre looks ok to me.


Congratulations on the 65 Set. Back in the day when I did baseball I had a real nice 65 set going. To me it was hands down the best looking set of the sixties. I just loved the bright bold colors and the card design with the pennant.

That card design just stood out among all the other sets. The design, bold colors and excellant photos it is still the one sixties baseball set that I would want to build.

I admire your collecting philosiphy, it is very similar to how I like to collect as well.

One of the reasons I dumped all of my baseball sets a few years back in favor of my beloved Football sets was because of the set size.

I just couldn't afford it. Of all the Baseball card sets I dumped, The 65 is probably the one I wish I had kept.

Every time I see someone post beautiful 65's I kind of regret selling mine off.

When I seen those beautiful Playoff cards BBO posted, I thought MAN, I should have keep the 65's!

And now with you posting those cherry Hi numbers I can't help but think the same thing again.

I think you made the right choice picking the 65 set.

Good Luck with it and thanks for posting the scans!

John


Edited by BigRedOne (01/16/13 07:16 PM)
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