Monday, June 24, 2013

ODDBALL ROLL CALL: '71 TOPPS SUPER BROOKS ROBINSON


SUPER-SIZE ME.



WHITE STOCK BRIGHTENS THE '71s CONSIDERABLY.



WHY I LIKE IT

  • Any card called Super Brooks Robinson needs to be in my collection. Now it is. Besides featuring a nice photo, this has the classic 1971 back. Oversized cards don't fit well in nine-card pages and a binder, but they are durable. About double the thickness of a regular card, Super Brooksie could survive a month on a New York taxi-cab floor unblemished.

WHAT'S THE STORY?

  • The 63 cards measure 3 1/8 x 5 1/4. Supers of this size debuted in '70; a standard-sized Super with rounded corners, high-gloss finish and a nearly blank back came out in '69. The '71s have identical backs as the regular issues but are printed on white stock. They came in three-card wax packs and were never produced again. Super disappointing.

HOW I ACQUIRED IT

  • From Greg Morris Cards, along with the other two Orioles in the set: Boog Powell and Dave McNally. Mailing these in semi-rigid holders was the equivalent of shipping Stinger missiles in bubble wrap -- nice touch but unnecessary. The trio was had in separate auctions for less than the price of two rack packs. Super-duper deal!


NICE LOOK AT THAT AWESOME CAP.



CARDS SO THICK THEY NEARLY CAST A SHADOW.



BIG BOOG WAS A GOOD FIT FOR THE SET.



TOPPS CUT SOME CORNERS WITH THESE CARDS.

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