July 12, 2013

1959 Topps uncut sheets

One of the keys to understanding the 1959 Topps set is the arrangement of the cards on the printing plates.  The arrangement could help to explain a lot about the set, from variations to condition scarcity. It is surprising how many “interesting” cards fall on sheet borders and corners.  For example, notoriously difficult 572 Billy Pierce All Star is the top left card on the series 7 sheet and frequently messed-with 416 Haywood Sullivan is a bottom right card on the series 5 sheet.

Unfortunately, proof sheets or otherwise complete sheets are rare.  Or maybe I haven’t been lucky enough to stumble across them all.  From what I have been able to assemble, I believe that toppcat at The Topps Archives blog is correct in that there were 7 separate printing runs.

Can you help me in my research to plate this set?  Do you have a scan or photograph of a strip, panel, or sheet of 1959 Topps cards?  Is this information compiled somewhere else already?  Please send me an email at 59cards(at)gmail(dot)com.  Click the “Uncut Sheets” links for the data I have so far.

Series Number of Cards Card Numbers Card Stock
1 110 1-110 White
2 88 111-198 Gray
3 88 199-286 White and Gray
4 88 287-374 Gray
5 66 375-440 White
6 66 441-506 Gray
7 66 507-572 White

Here is what I have so far:

Series Number of Cards Format Status
1 110 Sheet of 110 ? -
2 88 2x132, 11x12, each sheet: 11x4 ABA BAB complete
3 88 2x132, 11x12, each sheet: 11x4 ABA BAB ? 44 cards (1/2) complete
4 88 2x132, 11x12, each sheet: 11x4 ABA BAB complete
5 66 2x132, 11x12 each sheet: 2x 11x6 complete
6 66 2x132, 11x12 each sheet: 2x 11x6 ? -
7 66 Sheet of 66, 11x6 complete

July 10, 2013

416C haywood sullivan - circle copyright, U. S. A.

416 Haywood Sullivan was originally issued with a copyright symbol that had no circle around it and an “A” in U. S. A. that was not followed by a period (the 416A card, “no circle copyright, U. S. A”).  Topps then “corrected” the card by adding a period after the A, (the 416B card, “no circle copyright, U. S. A.” variety.  It was later corrected again by adding a circle around the copyright symbol (the 416C card, “circle copyright, U. S. A.”).

416C Haywood Sullivan is sometimes called the “circle period” variety.

1959 Topps 416C Haywood Sullivan front normal1959 Topps 416C haywood sullivan back normal

1959 Topps 416C Haywood Sullivan - circle period copyright statement

Here is a further wrinkle to the many varieties of 416 Haywood Sullivan, like the 416A and 416B cards, the lower left hand corner of the background on the 416C card may have a small rectangular area approximately 2.5 mm long by 1.5 mm tall that is of a slightly darker orange.

1959 Topps 416 haywood sullivan lower left corner

However, 416C also can be found with a clean lower left corner background on the front of the card.

1959 Topps 416C Haywood Sullivan circle period front1959 Topps 416C Haywood Sullivan circle period front variation

On the back of the clean corner variation of the card, in the border at the bottom there is, from left to right, a light green line, a light red line, and a dark green line.  Additionally, through the copyright, there is a red line at an angle that begins at the “G.”, extends through the top of the “N” and continues into the right side of the cartoon.

1959 Topps 416C Haywood Sullivan circle period back

1959 Topps 416C Haywood Sullivan circle period variation back bottom1959 Topps 416C Haywood Sullivan circle period variation back right

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  416A and 416B are especially uncommon and expensive.

Note:  Card scans in this post were updated and improved on August 20, 2013.

July 9, 2013

416B haywood sullivan - no circle copyright, U. S. A.

416 Haywood Sullivan was originally issued with a copyright symbol that had no circle around it and an “A” in U. S. A. that was not followed by a period (the 416A card, “no circle copyright, U. S. A”).  Topps then “corrected” the card by adding a period after the A, (the 416B card, “no circle copyright, U. S. A.” variety.  It was later corrected again by adding a circle around the copyright symbol (the 416C card, “circle copyright, U. S. A.”).

416B Haywood Sullivan is sometimes called the “no circle period” variety.

1959 Topps 416B Haywood Sullivan no circle period front1959 Topps 416B Haywood Sullivan no circle period back

1959 Topps 416B Haywood Sullivan no circle period variation

The lower left hand corner of the background on the 416B card has a small rectangular area approximately 2.5 mm long by 1.5 mm tall that is of a slightly darker orange.  I have not seen an example of 416B that does not have this rectangle.

1959 Topps 416B Haywood Sullivan no circle period front variation

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  416A and 416B are especially uncommon and expensive.

Note:  Card scans in this post were updated and improved on August 20, 2013.

July 7, 2013

416A haywood sullivan - no circle copyright, U. S. A

416 Haywood Sullivan was originally issued with a copyright symbol that had no circle around it and an “A” in U. S. A. that was not followed by a period (the 416A card, “no circle copyright, U. S. A”).  Topps then “corrected” the card by adding a period after the A, (the 416B card, “no circle copyright, U. S. A.” variety.  It was later corrected again by adding a circle around the copyright symbol (the 416C card, “circle copyright, U. S. A.”).

416A Haywood Sullivan is sometimes called the “no circle no period” variety.

1959 Topps 416A Haywood Sullivan no circle no period front1959 Topps 416A Haywood Sullivan no circle no period back

1959 Topps 416A Haywood Sullivan no circle no period variation

The lower left hand corner of the background on the 416A card has a small rectangular area approximately 2.5 mm long by 1.5 mm tall that is of a slightly darker orange.  I have not seen an example of 416A that does not have this rectangle.

1959 Topps 416A Haywood Sullivan no circle no period front variation

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  416A and 416B are especially uncommon and expensive.

Note:  Card scans in this post were updated and improved on August 20, 2013.

July 5, 2013

362A dolan nichols - with option statement

362 Dolan Nichols is the last of five cards in the 1959 Topps set that either have or do not have a statement on the back indicating a trade or option situation.  The varieties without the statement are much more rare than those with the statement.

For the Nichols variation, the statement reads, “Optioned to Fort Worth in March 1959.”  It is located under the number and bio.  Here is 1959 Topps 362B Dolan Nichols – no option statement.

1959 Topps 362A dolan nichols with option statement front1959 Topps 362A dolan nichols with option statement back

All copies of the variety with no option statement have a green vertical line present between the story and the cartoon.  Copies with the option statement do not have this green vertical line.

1959 Topps 362 dolan nichols no option statement1959 Topps 362 dolan nichols with option statement

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  362B is especially uncommon and expensive.

362B dolan nichols - no option statement

362 Dolan Nichols is the last of five cards in the 1959 Topps set that either have or do not have a statement on the back indicating a trade or option situation.  The varieties without the statement are much more rare than those with the statement.

For the Nichols variation, the statement reads, “Optioned to Fort Worth in March 1959.”  It is located under the number and bio.

1959 Topps 362 dolan nichols no option statement back

All copies of the variety with no option statement have a green vertical line present between the story and the cartoon.  Copies with the option statement do not have this green vertical line.

1959 Topps 362 dolan nichols no option statement1959 Topps 362 dolan nichols with option statement

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  362B is especially uncommon and expensive.

July 4, 2013

336A billy loes - with trade statement

336 Billy Loes is the fourth of five cards in the 1959 Topps set that either have or do not have a statement on the back indicating a trade or option situation.  The varieties without the statement are much more rare than those with the statement.

For the Loes variation, the statement reads, “Traded to Washington in March 1959.”  It is located underneath the story.  Here is 1959 Topps 336B Billy Loes – no trade statement.

1959 topps 336A billy loes with trade statement front1959 topps 336A billy loes with trade statement back

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  336B is especially uncommon and expensive.

336B billy loes - no trade statement

336 Billy Loes is the fourth of five cards in the 1959 Topps set that either have or do not have a statement on the back indicating a trade or option situation.  The varieties without the statement are much more rare than those with the statement.

For the Loes variation, the statement reads, “Traded to Washington in March 1959.”  It is located underneath the story.

1959 Topps 336B billy loes no trade statement back

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  336B is especially uncommon and expensive.

July 3, 2013

322A harry hanebrink - with trade statement

322 Harry Hanebrink is the third of five cards in the 1959 Topps set that either have or do not have a statement on the back indicating a trade or option situation.  The varieties without the statement are much more rare than those with the statement.

For the Hanebrink variation, the statement reads, “Traded to Phillies in March 1959.”  It is located underneath the bio.  Here is 1959 Topps 322B Harry Hanebrink – no trade statement.

1959 Topps 322A harry hanebrink with trade statement front1959 Topps 322A harry hanebrink with trade statement back

The copyright statement on both versions of this card reveal an uncorrected error.  On all copies, the “T.” is missing and there is a broken green line above the NT in PRINTED.  With 416 Haywood Sullivan being twice corrected for a missing circle around the copyright symbol and a missing period, I’m surprised this was never corrected.

1959 Topps 322 harry hanebrink copyright statement

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  322B is especially uncommon and expensive.

322B harry hanebrink - no trade statement

322 Harry Hanebrink is the third of five cards in the 1959 Topps set that either have or do not have a statement on the back indicating a trade or option situation.  The varieties without the statement are much more rare than those with the statement.

For the Hanebrink variation, the statement reads, “Traded to Phillies in March 1959.”  It is located underneath the bio.

1959 Topps 322B harry hanebrink no trade statement back

The copyright statement on both versions of this card reveal an uncorrected error.  On all copies, the “T.” is missing and there is a broken green line above the NT in PRINTED.  With 416 Haywood Sullivan being twice corrected for a missing circle around the copyright symbol and a missing period, I’m surprised this was never corrected.

1959 Topps 322 harry hanebrink copyright statement

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  322B is especially uncommon and expensive.

July 1, 2013

321A bob giallombardo - with option statement

321 Bob Giallombardo is the second of five cards in the 1959 Topps set that either have or do not have a statement on the back indicating a trade or option situation.  The varieties without the statement are much more rare than those with the statement.

For the Giallombardo variation, the statement reads, “Optioned to Montreal in March 1959.”  It is located underneath the bio.  Here is 1959 Topps 321B Bob Giallombardo – no option statement.

1959 Topps 321A bob giallombardo with option statement front1959 Topps 321A bob giallombardo with option statement back

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  321B is especially uncommon and expensive.

321B bob giallombardo - no option statement

321 Bob Giallombardo is the second of five cards in the 1959 Topps set that either have or do not have a statement on the back indicating a trade or option situation.  The varieties without the statement are much more rare than those with the statement.

For the Giallombardo variation, the statement reads, “Optioned to Montreal in March 1959.”  It is located underneath the bio.

1959 Topps 321 bob giallombardo no option statement back

If you know more about this card and its varieties, please let me know!  321B is especially uncommon and expensive.