If you’re anything like me, the 1960 Topps design is a personal favorite. Maybe it’s because it was the first vintage set I built. Maybe it’s the horizontal design. Maybe it’s the rookie card mini-sets, or the fun-loving all-star high numbers.
Mickey Mantle’s card is, of course, iconic. Following closely on his heels in terms of hobby popularity are rookie cards of Cooperstown immortals McCovey and Yastrzemski. No matter your preference, it’s hard to deny that this set is a classic.
BurlsSports.com’s Set Break of the Week takes you back to the dawn of a new decade some 56 years ago. Overall, the 572-card set is in VG-EX/EX condition, which allows for low cost spots but cards that remain very respectable, including some of those high numbered all-stars like Mantle.
The grades for the key cards are as follows: #148 Carl Yastrzemski PSA 4 VG-EX, #200 Willie Mays VG-EX, #300 Hank Aaron VG-EX, #316 Willie McCovey BVG 4.5, #326 Roberto Clemente VG-EX, #343 Sandy Koufax VG-EX, #350 Mickey Mantle BVG 5 EX, #563 Mickey Mantle AS EX, #564 Willie Mays AS VG-EX, #566 Hank Aaron AS VG-EX.
The price for this break is set at $6 per slot. To purchase slots in the break or to find out more, you can access the break page here. Also, remember that a free slot is given away in every break. You can visit Burl’s Sports Facebook page for details.
If you haven’t participated in a group break, each card in the break is sold at a fixed price, but you don’t pick the card beforehand. When all spots are sold, the cards are distributed randomly to the participants. Some will get the key cards for a fraction of their value, while others take home vintage commons for set building or trade bait. In order to ensure transparency, the randomization is broadcast live online for all participants to view.
Later this month, Burl’s Sports will host a 1933 Goudey set break. The company is breaking a large run of vintage sets, including a complete run of Topps sets from 1952-72, Goudey sets from 1933-36, 1939-1941 Play Ball and 1941 Double Play. For dates for upcoming breaks, check out this link.