Sixty years ago this month, a new series of Topps baseball cards greeted kids who were anxious for the start of a new season.
It was the fourth edition from the upstart New York company, which was on the precipice of vanquishing its rival, Bowman Gum. This time, Topps went horizontal with their design and introduced three players who would wind up leaving indelible marks on the game, each in their own way.
The Vintage Set Break of the Month from Burl’s Sports is a complete set of 1955 Topps, with collectors having the chance to land a valuable star or rookie card. Slots in the break are priced at $24.95. There are 210 slots available. Over 60 had already been sold within hours of the break opening on Monday.
While the set was numbered to 210, four cards weren’t issued but owner Justin Burleson has added an extra Sandy Koufax rookie, an extra Yogi Berra and two additional commons to fill the 210 numbered slots in the break.
Just like the case and box breaks of current sports card issues, a vintage set break offers participants the chance to purchase one slot (or more) at a set price.
Once all spots have been sold (one for each card in the set), a random drawing will be conducted, the break presented live online and corresponding cards delivered by mail. The card(s) received are determined by a computer-aided random draw.
The 1955 set being offered is mostly in the VG/EX range, with some lesser. Most of the stars and key rookie cards have been graded by PSA or Beckett and have terrific eye appeal for their assigned grade. The Roberto Clemente rookie card is graded SGC 45. There is a BVG 6 Ted Williams and Gil Hodges, a PSA 5.5 Harmon Killebrew rookie and the two Koufax rookie cards are graded BVG 5 and PSA 2.5.
“This break has some really sharp stars and some really good hits,” Burleson said. “The Robinson and Williams cards are spectacular.”
The Vintage Set Break of the Month began last fall and since that time, Burl’s Sports has offered 1934 Goudey, 1941 Play Ball as well as Topps sets from 1954, 1963 and 1965.
To learn more or participate in the break, visit BurlsSports.com.