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Old 07-06-2019, 08:11 PM
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I know the title of this thread seems to be asking if you've had some sort of cardboard borne malady overcome you, but I digress.

For the longest time, I had always hated the 1960 Topps set. Its crowded, horizontal design was a nightmare, virtually all of the player photos were dreaded headshots, the rookies had the terrible circle design of the 1959 set, and the manager cards didn't fit into it at all. They looked like they were stolen from some other never-produced set and just thrown into the mix...but then something very enlightening happened. When Bobby was organizing one of his PSA group submissions, I started flipping through my 1960 album to see if I had anything worthwhile (ended up getting a PSA 8 Whitey Ford, a PSA 4.5 Yaz RC, a PSA 8 Gene Conley variation and a PSA 5 Mantle), and I kept flipping, and then going back and forth really looking at the players and BOOM!!!!!!! I suddenly realized that I actually loved this set. Headshots always bother me terribly, but these are coupled with the (often weirdly cropped) inset photos, so there's an oddly comforting portrait quality to them. Sort of like your mom getting professional family photos from Sears back in the day. Plus, a huge number of these pictures were taken inside the old, magnificent stadiums. The crowds are very sparse (obviously due to the pics being taken during warm-ups), so you see the structures themselves and not just a muddy sea of blurry faces in the background. Since the sky isn't prominent in too many shots, it really brings the viewer right into the ballpark itself. I find that fascinating. And the color treatments of the cards - the backgrounds of the inset photos paired with the alternating hued letters of the player names - along with the cool logo placement, creates a real dynamic look and feel to the cards. I frickin' love them!!!!

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Has any set you formerly hated ever grown on you to the point that you really enjoy seeing the cards now? If so, give the initial reasons for the hate, and (not to sound too much like a hippie) the reasons for your newfound love.
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Old 07-06-2019, 09:57 PM
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I always used to hate the 1954 Bowman set. I don't know why but I think part of it had to do with the fact that I used to only see examples of the cards in mail order catalogs with black and white photos and they always looked terrible. Then one of my OBC buddies sent me my first ever actual 1954 Bowman cards and I fell in love with them right away when I had them in hand. The colors are awesome for some reason. And the images are cool too. I remember one of the first ones I had was Jim Gilliam and I just thought it was an amazing looking card in person. I've been slowly working on the set ever since and always get excited when I pick up a new one.
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Most definitely. 1952 Topps. I never really cared for it; I was a 1954 guy. I grew to appreciate it over time. Unfortunately, I came to appreciate it too late in the game to get a Mantle card.

There are probably more sets I've come to dislike over time, like 1975 Topps, which annoys the heck out of me. I mean, they couldn't even make all the players from each time the same colors.
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Old 07-06-2019, 10:32 PM
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52 Topps definitely.
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Old 07-06-2019, 10:49 PM
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I've always hated the oversized sets. I'm very CDO, and I don't like the way they look in toploaders. But today I picked up a couple of 56s, and I bought 2 54s earlier this week. So they're starting to grow on me.

I like the sets because they're not as big as something from the late 1950s, early 1960s. I think it'll be a bit easier to build these larger sets. Now if there were only a way to store them in pages. They don't fit in the 9 pockets, and you can't use regular toploaders because you can't use a penny sleeve. So not sure how to store them.
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:31 PM
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I had to think through this for awhile but ultimately, I still like what I originally liked. Nothing really grew on me. I can see why you hated the 60 set though.
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:49 AM
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For me, '72 Topps. When I first started collecting they were only 14 years old, and I remember thinking they were overdone and gaudy. Of course this was before any sense of nostalgia for the 70's had developed. I remember having the Clemente base card as a kid and thinking that was cool, but moreso for the picture than the design.

Fast forward 30+ years and I think they are incredible. Rarely has a set captured an era so well (honorable mention to '59 Topps...) and the color and variety of these cards now strikes me as beautiful over gaudy. The Yaz, McCovey, Ryan, Carew, and Carlton Traded cards are my favs. I am going after the whole set, but have just started - have maybe close to 75 cards out of the monster 787.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:00 AM
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My buying cards years as a child were 64-68.My favorite set was 1965 and least liked was easily 1964.However I have grown to like those 64's a lot.
I have completed in near mint raw the 1965 & 1966 sets. Working on the high number 1967's(tough). I will finish 1964 after the 67's.
I love the look of the 1963 & 1960 sets.
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:46 PM
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72 Topps, while I agree it captures the 70's era feel, always reminds me of a theater marquee.

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I've always hated the oversized sets. I'm very CDO, and I don't like the way they look in toploaders. But today I picked up a couple of 56s, and I bought 2 54s earlier this week. So they're starting to grow on me.

I like the sets because they're not as big as something from the late 1950s, early 1960s. I think it'll be a bit easier to build these larger sets. Now if there were only a way to store them in pages. They don't fit in the 9 pockets, and you can't use regular toploaders because you can't use a penny sleeve. So not sure how to store them.
They make 8 pocket pages that fit the 1952-56 Topps cards.
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I've always hated the oversized sets. I'm very CDO, and I don't like the way they look in toploaders. But today I picked up a couple of 56s, and I bought 2 54s earlier this week. So they're starting to grow on me.



I like the sets because they're not as big as something from the late 1950s, early 1960s. I think it'll be a bit easier to build these larger sets. Now if there were only a way to store them in pages. They don't fit in the 9 pockets, and you can't use regular toploaders because you can't use a penny sleeve. So not sure how to store them.


Ultra Pro makes makes vintage toploaders/sleeves for 52-56 Topps if you want to go that route.


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72 Topps, while I agree it captures the 70's era feel, always reminds me of a theater marquee.





Very interesting. Topps’ main office was still in Brooklyn then I think - I wonder if any theater or theateres nearby inspired that?


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Old 07-08-2019, 03:24 PM
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For me it is 1955 Bowman. I used to think it was horribly kitschy and ugly. The whole TV-set motif was just did not do it for me. However, over the years this set has really grown on me. I think it comes from an appreciation for the "period piece" nature of the set. I like that Bowman used the combination of the national past time and newest technology as a last ditch effort to fend of Topps. I have grown to appreciate the umpire cards and it is cool to see all those players in Shibe Park.
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Thanks for the heads up. I will have to check them out. Do they go horizontal (I'm assuming so) vs. vertical? I really like the vertical pages. I asked my LCS about these pages on Saturday, and they didn't know what I was talking about.

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They make 8 pocket pages that fit the 1952-56 Topps cards.

I will check these out too. Will they still fit into a 2-row shoebox? That is how I have my vintage stored at this point, and it's separated by year. As long as they still fit into that 2-row, I might give them a try.

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I agree with the 52 Topps. i hated them when they first came out so ignored them. Started on the 53's and 54's then life got in the way and when I returned my mother had tossed all my cards out. Restarted again in 76 but still didn't like the 52's and passed on all except my Cubs. Monday morning quarterbacking is great but if I had only got all those 52's when I had the chance and all the others I passed on because I was a "Cub" collector.
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For me, I’ve had it go both ways. I used to not like the 1965 or 1966, but they have grown on me over time. Still not my favorites, but I like them a lot more now. OTOH, the 1961s and 1967s I’ve really cooled on over the years. In the former, I don’t like the photography as much as I used to, and the latter just looks like a low-effort ripoff of the 1957 design. And the facsimile signatures look bad on autographed cards.
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My preferences have always been away from horizontal cards. So those years remain in the background. For this question it's 1964 all the way for me. I really ignored this year as I was partial to 62 63 66 67. But lately I really come around to it. I like cards with a not of colors in the scheme. Although the format is somewhat plain, I like the shots in this set more than some others. For me in collecting this set was the price of the clemente card. Why so high? Seems like this particular year is more popular than most. Although not a rose fan, I do like this year of him 2nd to the 65. The mantle is decent but tougher to find focused. 2nd would be 58, and I know theres a lot of talk about blandness headshots of this set, but I came back around to it lately as well. At least most cards are headshots and there consistant. Saying all this though. My top 5 continue to be: 67 66 63 54 62 In that order.

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When I was young there were two years in particular that I didn’t really like the look and that was ‘62 and the ‘68 set. I wasn’t fond of brown nor did I enjoy burlap (or whatever that is). I know a lot of you are set collector’s and I liked collecting all the cards back in the day, but focused mainly on the Oriole players. While I have some cards still I focus on Brooks Robinson cards pretty much exclusively nowadays. I now like the look of all the vintage Topps sets including the ‘62 and ‘68. Probably my favorite ‘62 is the Brooksie AS card and I can’t pick a favorite ‘68 since the regular issue Topps card is cool, but then you have the Milton Bradley and the Venz as well.

To me it’s so strange that some of the sets you guys don’t like I love the look. Can’t see how someone couldn’t enjoy the looks of the ‘72 and ‘75; some of my favs.
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used to think 63 Fleer set was - lame,boring,dull...but kind of look at it different now..not too much different..but a little better
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Like many Topps sets ('69, '74. '77. '78, etc) simplicity rules!
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72's are groovy! I always assumed the boys who created the '72 set were Deadheads at heart.

For me, I hated the '71 set. Black, ugly, with only one year's stats on the back. And, honestly, I still hate 'em overall, but if they're centered and the corners aren't worn, some of 'em are ok. The Ryan and Munson cards aren't bad.

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