2.05.2011

1971 Topps
Johnny Bench

So how old does a baseball card need to be to be considered vintage?

When I was a kid, if a card was 20 years old, it was old. There's no doubt about it, to me, it was a vintage baseball card.

But can anyone consider a card made in the 1990s vintage?

Would you consider a card made in the 1970s or 80s vintage?

As far as I'm concerned, anything after 1980 is junk, especially that stuff they made in the 90s.

 I know, there's lots of newer cards out there that are worth a whole lot more than this torn up Topps 1970 Johnny Bench. And I know you can't compare today's baseball cards to the junk they made in the 1990s.

But for me, this old Johnny Bench card is one of the last true vintage baseball cards.

CORRECTION:  This entry originally stated this was a 1970 Topps, It indeed is from 1971. Thanks to those who pointed out the error.

4 comments:

TheAngelsInOrder said...

One of my favorite Bench cards no matter what condition.

jim said...

Actually that is a 1971 topps Johnny Bench.

Vince Prygoski said...

what Jim said. 1971 was the really cool looking cards with the black borders and facsimile autographs. 1970 was the grey borders.

Anonymous said...

The 1971s are notorious for not looking good. The black background made fraying on the edges very visible.

Still, they were striking cards because of that background. I have a somewhat beat up copy of this Bench but love it.

A person's meaning of vintage may in some ways relate to their age. I've seen sites refer to it as pre-1970 and others as pre-1980. The pre-1980 designation may connect to that being the turning point where card collecting became, unfortunately, big business.