Topps teases mini baseball card line

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ latest creation might make you feel like it’s 1975 again … if you’re old enough to remember it.

For those who aren’t? Well, it might be something old that’s something new.

What is it? Well, according to a teaser banner on, it appears that the company is planning a line of mini baseball cards.

Back in 1975, there was a mini test issue released — cards that were 2 1/4 by 3 1/8 inches — about three-quarters the size of a standard card. (Need a checklist or OPG for the 1975s? Click here.)

What might be planned this year? We’ll have to wait and see, but it appears the product, whatever it is, may be an online exclusive much like last year’s Allen & Ginter glossy set, which was a Shop Topps-only release.

We’ll have more on this one when it becomes available from Topps.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. RJ51
    Posted Thursday June 21st, 2012 at 07:21 PM | Permalink

    They also came out with mini sets in 1991-1993.

  2. chrisolds
    Posted Thursday June 21st, 2012 at 08:33 PM | Permalink

    Those were Topps Micro — about 1/4 the size of a real card.

    Posted Friday June 22nd, 2012 at 07:20 AM | Permalink

    What about the ones in the late ’80s? They were around the time of the “BIG” cards.

  4. chrisolds
    Posted Friday June 22nd, 2012 at 09:21 AM | Permalink

    The 1980s Leaders sets and UK set were small releases, not a comprehensive set.

  5. David Johnson
    Posted Friday June 22nd, 2012 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

    Could be interesting if they include some exclusive cards (like they did with the A&G glossy set) and not just parallel the entire set.

  6. chrisolds
    Posted Friday June 22nd, 2012 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

    One should not presume that this will be a factory set … could also be in packs.

    Right now, we don’t know.

  7. Irie808
    Posted Friday June 22nd, 2012 at 09:00 PM | Permalink

    Bet your loving this news Olds, we all know how much you love mini’s.

  8. robert
    Posted Saturday June 23rd, 2012 at 04:24 AM | Permalink

    Thanks Topps1 Don’t you think you’ve released too many minis in the last year or two? 2012 – the year Topps killed the mini.

  9. Posted Wednesday June 27th, 2012 at 04:41 PM | Permalink

    Topps micros were actually around 1/12 the size of regular cards.

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