Beckett 20 Questions on … vintage baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Here is our latest batch of 20 Questions … all about vintage baseball cards.

1. Do you consider yourself a vintage collector?

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2. When do you think the "vintage" years end?

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3. Do you grade vintage cards?

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4. Which of these vintage baseball sets do you like best?

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5. Do you miss gum in packs?

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6. Have you completed a set from 1980 or before?

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7. Which of these vintage stars is best in your mind?

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8. Which of these pitchers' Rookie Cards would you want first?

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9. Which of these vintage sets would you buy a card from first?

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10. In what year did Fleer NOT make a baseball set?

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11. Which of these vintage cards does not have a variation?

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12. Do you buy Topps Heritage?

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13. Do you know about the Beckett Vintage Collector magazine?

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14. Will you buy a vintage-only magazine or book?

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15. Grade this card's coolness ...

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Mathews

16. Which 1960s Topps baseball set is best?

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17. Which 1950s Topps baseball set is best?

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18. Which 1970s Topps set is the best?

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19. Which RC would you buy first?

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20. 1975 Topps ... Yount or Brett?

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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5 comments

  1. Steve-Dood 6 August, 2015 at 18:30

    I second that comment by Mark.

    Those ‘multiple Series’ sets are tough, Now if you were a breed of some kind of ‘Aquatic Fishie’. You might’ve been lucky nuff to eat some of the ‘ Seafood Chum’ tossed overboard by Topps in the 60’s……in the Atlantic water regions
    Least that’s what I herd Happened…….just ask One-Armed ‘Lefty McOneArm’

  2. Larry 9 August, 2015 at 19:39

    Wasn’t the whole reason 1952 Topps was so rare because Topps didn’t sell too many so they destroyed a bunch of them? I must be the minority here because I still don’t like them just like kids didn’t like them back then. 53 Topps is way better in my opinion. Just because mantles card is rare in 52 shouldn’t make it the best set ever. Give me a 53 set any day over the 52 set.

  3. Clayton 10 August, 2015 at 17:06

    Mantle’s card wasn’t rare in the 1952 set – it was a DP, in fact. 1952 Topps is iconic and symbolizes a terrific era in baseball history.

    As far as Vintage, I think 1980 should be the cutoff, as it was the last year before Fleer/Donruss came on board.

  4. Zeprock 10 August, 2015 at 19:39

    1980 is generally considered the last year of vintage.

    I love the 1970 set. How can you go wrong with a set that features 68 different cards depicting Hall of Famers? I like the clean design, the player’s poses. It was the first set I put together buying boxes at five cents per pack, spending all my paper route money. My parents chastised me for “wasting” my money on cards and made me buy a bicycle with some of my earnings. 45 years later I still have my cards. Wonder where that bike is today?

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