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Old 02-09-2019, 12:36 PM
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I’m having a convo with my Dad and we were both wondering if these cards came factory sealed. Thanks.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:21 PM
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They initially came in packs, and then years later in envelopes of 25 for $1 at Dodger Stadium.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:22 PM
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They initially came in packs, and then years later in envelopes of 25 for $1 at Dodger Stadium.
Thank you! I bought an Aaron that was packaged in a cellophane and it had me curious.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:31 PM
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I've never seen or heard of a cello or rack pack for this set, but it's possible it was a repackage from vending, like the envelopes.
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:23 PM
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I've never seen or heard of a cello or rack pack for this set, but it's possible it was a repackage from vending, like the envelopes.
Ya, it was cello’d with cardboard inside, and my mind didn’t consider that they’d be packaged in Topps packaging. Just thought it wasn’t something that was considered back then, but I was very wrong. The only logical conclusion after that was that the seller did it.
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:31 PM
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and also I recall a massive hoard of them uncovered in the... 80's ? ??
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Old 02-10-2019, 01:19 AM
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Do a search in this forum for "Why the seeming lack of interest in 1964 Topps Giants". Lots of info, plus they mention these were available in 1000 card blocks. I don't have first hand knowledge of this, but know I bought a complete set in the early 80's for $4.
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:09 AM
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Do a search in this forum for "Why the seeming lack of interest in 1964 Topps Giants". Lots of info, plus they mention these were available in 1000 card blocks. I don't have first hand knowledge of this, but know I bought a complete set in the early 80's for $4.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you got a good deal there. :-)

I really do like the look of the set, but my interest was solely in the 3 Braves cards, Torre, Spahn, and Aaron. Had the first two for the longest time and finally pulled the trigger on an Aaron, so my work is done.

As a matter of fact, I love everything Topps did in '64. Base set, Giants, Coins, Venezuelans, etc....

I know, visually, that the '64 set isn't well regarded, but I disagree with the majority. I love the look of that set. When I think about venturing outside of my Braves collecting, I always find myself gravitating to the '64 set. Collecting everything '64.

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The set is loaded with stars. Has anyone seen a set that was autographed?
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:44 PM
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The 1964 Topps Giant cards are flat-out beautiful. Using some decent conjecture, the backside of the Dean Chance offers us a clue. It tells of Dean being the starting pitcher for the AL in 1964's All-Star game. Being a mid-season staple, that would tell us Topps was late to market with these. Perhaps their distributors were cold towards them, with the football season hastening.

Back in the mid-70s, I distinctly read somewhere (The Sport Fan?) that a California dealer by the name of Will Davis bought all the unsold inventory from Topps for a song. The number of cards that sticks in my mind was 6 million. Maybe one of our elder California brothers can confirm it was Will Davis. Not that it really matters now. The Wholesale Cards Company mail order firm had them available in the late 60s for a few bucks, but they also had the entire 1954 Red Heart Dog Food set available for a few bucks.

All that to say they were readily available, and cheaply too, within a few years of their 1964 production. There's something about overabundance that cools collectors' jets. Furthermore, it has taken a couple generations for collectors to warm up to over-sized cards that would not have fit in with youngsters' regular Topps. Being a large, attractive Topps card that would look great in a PSA player set registry assemblage, or a graded set that is still readily available to track down, either way works well for today's collectors. Just never think of 1964 Topps Giant All-Stars in terms of potential investment; rather, beautiful cheap eye candy.

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