It’s the 50th anniversary of one of the more popular sets ever produced by Topps and the company has been spending the month selling its file copy cards in the Topps Vault auctions on eBay.
Topps was a pack rat. The long-time card maker continues to haul items from its archives and has been working for some time on selling off the vintage file copy cards. This month, fifty years after they were first issued, Topps has been offering 1957 Topps.
The trading cards offered by Topps through eBay are part of the collection of 3-ring binders kept by Topps as its in-house archives. During his distinguished tenure with Topps, the legendary Woody Gelman and the Topps team painstakingly pasted two crisp copies of each trading card into an individual set presentation binder to show the front and back of each. During the course of their creative endeavors, the Topps production staff would incessantly reference these rather distinct binders. Over time, some of the cards were removed or damaged and sadly, have been lost forever. But in the end, many of these cardboard treasures would stand the test of time and now, will find their way into the hands of collectors yearning to own a small piece of pop culture history.
The Topps team also inserted many of its original file copy cards onto special die-cut pages. These cards are free of any staining and present themselves in high-quality condition. The stain-free cards are encapsulated two ways, either as "Authentic" or with an actual BVG numerical grade, i.e. BVG 8. The Topps team archived only one of each stain-free card into the presentation binder and this rarity is identified on the label as 1/1.
Thus far, the most expensive card in the auction of the ’57 Topps file cards has been a Bob Lemon which sold for $68. A Gil McDougald was purchased for $67 and a Carl Erskine for $63. A number of cards, however, have sold for the minimum $9.95 bid.