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LuckyLarry 08-30-2015 01:32 PM

1964-65 Topps Hockey "Tall-Boys"
OK the basketball guys have their '69-'70 Topps "tall-boys" with the Alcindor RC, but that set is easy compared to our hockey set:) '70-'71 Topps basketball "tall-boys"? I completed that set blindfolded!
The football side will claim the '65 Topps "tall-boys" with the Namath and Biletnikoff RCs, which do present a challege I suppose. All you need for your Namath is a "fat stack 'o cash", and as for Biletnikoff, if he is so tough how come I have an extra one?
The toughest "tall-boy" set to complete is the '64-'65 Topps hockey!
110 cards in the hockey set, and released in two series. High numbered cards #56-#110 are tough to find!
I'm down to ten cards needed, so I'm getting there. Biggest card I still need is #106 Stan Makita All-Star.
Who else collects this set?
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LuckyLarry 08-30-2015 08:25 PM

OK now I find out there are also short printed cards:o

Each 55-card series contains 11 short-print cards.

1st Series SPs: 8 14 20 27 28 32 33 39 48 51 55
2nd Series SPs: 58 59 72 73 74 80 91 92 98 105 106

My wantlist reflects this, out of the ten cards I need, eight of them are SPs.


jim 08-31-2015 08:44 AM

morning Larry, i completed the set 15 years ago by going to card shows (it is the completed set on the SGC registry); had the most success at the National in Toronto. You just don't see enough of the high numbers on ebay and it is not always the SP either. Regular hi number commons are mostly forgotten and not listed. Stay the course as it is a really nice feeling to fill in those blanks!

Blackie 08-31-2015 07:34 PM

It's a great set but super tough... Love it

jim 09-01-2015 11:54 AM

you have to be in it for the long haul, right Robert?

Blackie 09-01-2015 01:46 PM

Jim your right but it's well worth it. Great looking cards across the board for sure

Stampsfan 09-01-2015 03:11 PM

Started with SP's
I am only about 1/3 through this set. This set is about 2 years before I started collecting cards as a kid, so I have started right at the beginning.

I started this set when I picked up a couple of the high number SP's in a 5 or 6 at a decent price; the Rousseau and Hicke. Now I am collecting this in mid grade condition (like a do a lot of vintage sets) of 5-7, mostly because of quality at a decent price point.

My goal was to focus on the SP's first, and high numbers. I have most of the SP's (including the Horton and Mikita), and many high numbers (like Howe). I've also managed to pick up some of the lower series, mostly because they happened to be included in other purchases.

My efforts are in trying to get the difficult cards first.

BillP 12-18-2015 07:30 PM

64 hockey
Hi also working on this set. The interesting fact that I'd like to discuss is the scarcity within the SP Hi's. 3 of the 11 seems to command a premium and I'm not sure if it is related to finding 7 or 8's or the cards in general. #92 Paille has been rumored for a while to have been replaced in the printing process. Replaced with what card I do not know. But it always seems to come up 1st in SP discussions. 2ns is the Horton AS can and third is Tom Williams.
Does anyone know of an uncut sheet from either series?

Like to start up a conversion about this set amongst the folks out there.

thx bill

tjv815 12-21-2015 11:33 PM

I am a big fan of the 64-65 tallboys. I am collecting vintage Chicago Blackhawks cards. I only have a few of the tallboys, but I really enjoy them. I always have been a big fan of the Topps cartoons, which appear in the tallboys. Good bios, great cards. I havent had the chance to get to many shows lately, so I cannot really comment on availability. But, the search is sure a good time.

Stampsfan 12-22-2015 01:00 AM

Hey Bill... I have seen pictures of the uncut sheets, and I believe you are correct in your assessment of the SP's. If we remove the price difference on the popularity of SP players (for example, Hull, Beliveau, Horton), some do indeed command a premium because of the positions on the sheet, and consequently the results on centering.

While I personally don't have any pictures of the uncut sheets, people smarter than me have shown me pictures. Cards like the Pronovost and Paille are apparently in different locations than cards like the Bergman, Harris, Rousseau and Hicke. I paid higher than I was expecting to for my ungraded Pronovost; it was centered, and the dealer showed me the uncut sheet from the first series. It was not that many years ago that the only uncut sheet from the first series was seen and thus showing the single prints.

Here is a pretty good article on the PSA site:


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