Anonymous Collectibles NJ said...

“Let me see if I got this right. You buy low grade

beat up cards and feature them on your blog.

That’s awesome. Totally different than all the

other blogs I have seen featuring the nicest cards.”


1965 Topps
Bob Gibson Embossed Insert

I wasn't around in 1965 so I cannot speak to this card from personal experience but I understand it was part of a set offered as an insert to the regular-issue Topps set.

So basically, when you opened up your pack of cards, one of these embossed beauties was randomly inserted. Did you also get the stick of gum? I guess. I'm really not sure.

By the time I was seriously collecting cards, all I ever got was that stale piece of gum. But that didn't stop me from chomping on it.

I know Topps experimented with several different inserts including posters and I think coins.

This is where I need your help. Do you have a favorite Topps insert? Was was it and from what year?

And someone please answer the question: Was the piece of gum included?


Matt Runyon said...

I like the 1971 baseball coins. They were a few years ahead of my time--I didn't start collecting until 1974. But I had a neighbor kid who got a bunch of them from an older brother and I used to trade for them.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the 1965 embossed inserts came as an extra in the pack with the regular series cards and gum. They were, to say the least, uninspiring to me and my pals. The gum, however, lingers in my taste buds to this day and can be easily refreshed by one sniff of the old cards. That distinctive sense of the gum splintering on first chew remains a favorite memory. We speculated that Topps had made giant sheets of that gum back in the fifties and simply used that same batch until it was exhausted sometime in the 1970s.

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