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Old 06-08-2018, 04:09 PM
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Default It's 1955 and you have a nickel

Hop into a time machine for a moment back to July 1955. You're eight years old and standing at the candy counter holding a nickel and staring at a box of Topps baseball cards and a box of Bowman.

Which one do you buy and why?

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Rookie cards mean nothing to you.
Future value seems unthinkable
There are no checklists so you have no clue on what players are possible, or even what series you're getting.
The Topps/Bowman battle isn't news and you don't understand player contracts anyway.
Your only guide is your 8 year old mind.

What do you do?
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I was 5 in 1955 and did not open my first pack until 1957 ( my parents did buy me cards in 1956). I might have gone the Bowman route because of the color TV format. In retrospect it was unique, but apparently a bust because the set did not due well against the Topps issue. The problem may have been so few families had a color TV in that year. But in hindsight I think the TV concept may have intrigued me ( and I would not have known about all those umpire cards )

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I looked for images of the wrappers and Bowmans claimed 9 picture cards and bubble gum for 5c so that would probably have been my choice!
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Old 06-08-2018, 05:14 PM
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I looked for images of the wrappers and Bowmans claimed 9 picture cards and bubble gum for 5c so that would probably have been my choice!
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Would have been my choice as well, for the same reason.

But then I'd have walked back down Flatbush Avenue and asked my grandfather for another* nickel and gone back to the candy store and bought a Topps pack.

*--he'd have given it to me for sure. I was his first grandkid and he spoiled me rotten.
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1955? I'd have been careful to not prevent my parents from gettting together at the "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance.
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Well, when I was 8 I remember liking Topps cards much more than the Bowman ones so I'd have probably picked up the Topps pack. I didn't really start to appreciate the Bowman cards until much later in life. Now I really like them a lot.
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1955? I'd have been careful to not prevent my parents from gettting together at the "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance.
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I looked for images of the wrappers and Bowmans claimed 9 picture cards and bubble gum for 5c so that would probably have been my choice!
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Same here. Although if I knew Mantle was not in the Topps set that would have been the deciding factor.
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I'm surprised at how few folks have said Topps in this scenario. I mean it's not even close. I think I'm the only one who would've chosen the Topps cards.
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I have always been a Topps man myself. I do not like any of the Bowman designs. No thought to them. Topps was bold and innovative. That is my direction and nickel.
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