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I Have Completed The 1968 Topps Game Set – YES!!!!

I Have Completed The 1968 Topps Game Set – YES!!!!

Yes, 33 weeks after debuting my first card from this legendary set, I have completed the entire set.

It was a lot of fun to focus my attention on this set, and at times I thought that my goal of completing the set was unattainable. 

Before I get into a few notes about this set and what it took for me to put it together, let me show you the whole thing.

Here are the cards:

Pretty sweet, huh?  Yeah, this one easily ranks as the best set of cards I have built since getting back into the hobby more than four years ago.  The set is packed with baseball history, and is a very solid representation of ‘true vintage’.

While going through the process of putting this set together, I found out quite a bit about the players that were included.  And while I could never find the details as to why  Topps chose these 33 players, some are very obvious due to their career achievements and others due to their fantastic 1967 baseball seasons.

A few more random notes about the set:

  • the full set cost me just under $50 to put together
  • the most expensive card for me to obtain was the Mickey Mantle card, followed by Roberto Clemente and then Brooks Robinson
  • there are notable ommissions from the set – Jim Palmer, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Maury Wills, Phil Niekro, Fergie Jenkins, and Luis Tiant.
  • Amazingly, many of the cards from this set can still be had for just $1.00
  • The cards seem to take on a yellow hue, most likely due to age and how they were handled.  I tried my best to limit my intake of these yellowed versions as much as possible

This set was a blast to put together – and I am very happy that I challenged myself to do so.

I have a few things in mind for the next subset that I want to build, but I am not certain that any set can live up to the joy that this 1968 Topps Game set brought me.


1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

Frank Howard was known as ‘The Capital Punisher’ due to his impact on the Washington Senator teams of the mid-to-late 1960s.  His power and run production was unmatched, both by his teammates and the league.  A 2-time home run champ, Howard connected for 248 home runs in eight seasons with the squad.

Howard was a Rookie of the Year winner in 1960 and a 4-time All-Star.  He was part of the 1963 World Series championship team in Los Angeles.

Progress – 3/33

1968 Topps Game – Hall of Famers, Ron Santo & Frank Robinson

1968 Topps Game – Hall of Famers, Ron Santo & Frank Robinson

These two guys are the guys that inspired me to go out and collect the full set of baseball cards tagged as 1968 Topps Game.

I picked up both of these near-mint beauties at a baseball card show last November, and ever since then I have thought about completing the set.  So, as part of my ‘Collecting Goals of 2012’, I will attempt to do just that – complete the full 33-card set.

My checklist is built.

And now I happily add cards one and two into the set:

Progress – 2/33

1968 Topps Game Checklist

1968 Topps Game Checklist

Well, one of my 2012 collecting goals is to put together the 1968 Topps Game set of trading cards.  The set features 33 cards in total and runs the gammot of Hall of Famers, All-Stars, semi-stars, and scrubs.

I think that this will be a very fun challenge to undertake, and I look forward to learning a little more about the 33 guys that are part of this set.

And if it all works out, I will pick up my very first cards of Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente as I put this set together.

So, what is the first step in getting this new quest going?  The checklist, of course.

By now you all should know that I am an uber-organized collector, and my checklist will help lead me to the finished line.

So, here it is:

Card # Player
1 Mateo Alou
2 Mickey Mantle
3 Carl Yastrzemski
4 Hank Aaron
5 Harmon Killebrew
6 Roberto Clemente
7 Frank Robinson
8 Willie Mays
9 Brooks Robinson
10 Tommy Davis
11 Bill Freehan
12 Claude Osteen
13 Gary Peters
14 Jim Lonborg
15 Steve Hargan
16 Dean Chance
17 Mike McCormick
18 Tim McCarver
19 Ron Santo
20 Tony Gonzalez
21 Frank Howard
22 George Scott
23 Rich Allen
24 Jim Wynn
25 Gene Alley
26 Rick Monday
27 Al Kaline
28 Rusty Staub
29 Rod Carew
30 Pete Rose
31 Joe Torre
32 Orlando Cepeda
33 Jim Fregosi


Now let’s collect!!!