The 1963 Topps set has long been synonymous with the the Pete Rose rookie card. Interest in the card first jumped in the mid-1980s when he chased Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record. Lately, it’s one of a number of Hall of Fame rookie cards that have skyrocketed in value. However, the Rose is just the tip of the iceberg with the ’63 set. It’s a popular issue for set builders to tackle.
After going with a ‘wood grain’ look in 1962, Topps poured on the color for ’63. Thanks to technology, the photo quality also took a step forward with fewer faded, dark backgrounds and mediocre images. It also doesn’t hurt when you have a set packed with Hall of Famers like Mantle, Koufax, Mays, Aaron, and Clemente to accompany the rookie cards of Stargell and Rose. Overall, the high numbers are not considered as difficult as some of the other ’60s issues, but they present a modest challenge for the casual collector, especially the short-printed Harmon Killebrew card.
Over the next several days, someone will grab one of those great cards (and maybe more) for just a few bucks.
BurlsSports.com’s Set Break of the Week is a 1963 Topps set that is largely in EX condition, with some lesser and a number better. The Pete Rose rookie presents well for the grade. With the recent price hikes, VG-EX examples of this card have been selling commonly between $500 and $600. The grades for the key cards are as follows: #200 Mickey Mantle VG-EX, #210 Sandy Koufax VG, #300 Willie Mays VG-EX, #390 Hank Aaron VG-EX, #500 Harmon Killebrew VG-EX, #537 Pete Rose RC SGC 50, #540 Roberto Clemente EX, #553 Willie Stargell RC VG-EX.
The price for this break is set at $6.99 per slot. To purchase slots in the break or to find out more, you can access the break page here.
If you’re new to vintage set breaks, slots for each of the cards in a particular set are sold to participants at a set price. When all spots are sold, the cards are distributed randomly to the participants through a random online draw. 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.
Burl’s Sports has recently acquired an impressive run of complete vintage sets that will be broken in the coming months, including a complete run of Topps sets from 1952-72, Goudey sets from 1933-36, 1939-1941 Play Ball and 1941 Double Play.