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Vote on the top 60 Topps cards of all time

Nov 3, 2010, 12:01 PM EST

The good folks at Topps would like you help celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary by voting on the top 60 cards of all time.  And it’s a really cool interface, with nice pics of baseball cards you either remember having or coveting at one point or another. Total time suck.

The only problem: way, way, way too many great cards didn’t get nominated. I mean, say what you want about the merits of a 1967 Mickey Mantle, but how is that one of the top Topps cards ever? It’s more sad than anything in my view in that it’s really the first card to show The Mick’s age. Kind of an awful card in that respect.  There are tons of classics missing and tons of pedestrian cards of superstars.

No Oscar Gamble?  No Carl Yastrzemski with the big sideburns?

Weak.

  1. BC - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    This isn’t a Topps card, it’s Fleer. But it has to be the greatest of all time. Note the knob of the bat handle.

  2. lar @ wezen-ball - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Oh boy did they make some terrible choices in there. Why is every single Mickey Mantle in there? Most are crappy looking (the 1965 and the 1952 are all that you really need, though one or two others could do).

    But that’s just the old ones. You’re kind of limited in your choices from that era, since they all look the same. But why the 1986 Topps Traded Bo Jackson over the way more awesome 1987 Future Stars Bo? Or the 1989 Randy Johnson headshot? Or the 1990 Sosa? Or, especially, that dreadful 2006 Alex Gordon?

    Obviously there was a very specific way they went about this (make sure most years are represented, give at least one card to the big names, etc), but it certainly wasn’t by choosing the actual good cards.

  3. BC - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Here’s another one for consideration. Note the placement of the fielder’s hand and the expression on Len Randle’s face.

  4. Jonny 5 - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Sammy sosa studio 91 card. What a riot. And Warren Brewstar had to have been one of the fugliest..

  5. sdelmonte - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    I own a few of those. The Rickey Henderson card is one of the few valuable cards in my possession.

    Which Mickey Mantle card does Bob Costas carry in his wallet?

  6. Chris Fiorentino's Rash - Nov 3, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    I have carried a Chipper Jones Bowman RC (92) card with me since i was 12 to every Braves game (including spring training) i went to, attempting to get it signed and have never once been able to catch up with him. I was always worried about not getting it back if i mailed it in.
    not your typical rc: http://i56.tinypic.com/2ztiu1k.jpg

  7. wihalofan - Nov 3, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Didn’t anyone else besides Mickey Mantle play in the mid-1960s? The 1957 Mantle card with the guy in the back “Photoshopped” out before Photoshop existed is pretty cool though.

  8. scatterbrian - Nov 3, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Seriously? A 1952 Andy Pafko card is one of the 60 best Topps cards ever? Sixteen freakin’ Mickey Mantle cards? These were obviously chosen for the names rather than the cards themselves, which makes the exercise pretty boring. Add to it that they’re counting down one per day until mid-February and I’ve completely lost interest.

  9. crankyfrankie - Nov 3, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    No Mike Schmidt? No Steve Carlton? No Roger Clemens? This was a very nice salute to NY. baseball but was happy to see the Satchel Paige.

  10. mvd513 - Nov 4, 2010 at 4:24 AM

    Lots of Bowman rookie/prospect cards were dress shots. They were awesome.
    Missing 1992 Griffey is a mistake. But the vote is fun.

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