The team names obviously stand out in 1964 Topps. There is just no way around it. This along with the lack of major rookie cards likely accounts for the lack of popularity with this Topps issue. What the set lacks in rookie power, it makes up for with regular star power. The set is headlined by Mickey Mantle who spent most of the year wracked with injuries. Pete Rose’s second year card features the budding star on his first solo issue. The set rounds out nicely with the other major stars of the era and features the rookie cards of Lou Piniella, Tommy John, and Cooperstown member Phil Niekro.
BurlsSports.com’s Set Break of the Week is a 1964 Topps set that is largely in EX condition. This set includes 587 cards. The grades for the key cards are as follows: #50 Mickey Mantle PSA 5, #125 Pete Rose VG, #150 Willie Mays EX, #200 Sandy Koufax VG-EX, #300 Hank Aaron EX, #440 Roberto Clemente EX, #331 A.L. Bombers VG-EX, #423 Topps in N.L. EX.
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.
The price for this break is set at $5.50. To purchase slots or to find out more, you can access the break page here.
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.