The first of my "special" cards that I'd like to highlight are the "deckle edge" - and I hope they come off as spectacularly on the scan as they do in hand. Marichal and Mauer are 2 of the 15 "1969 Topps Deckle Edge" cards. - and these may be my favorite insert. Nothing cluttering up the front - just a cool black and white photo and auto - less is more!
These are the "1977 Topps Cloth Inserts" and there are 25 possible cards. I don't really think McCutchen really fits with this crew. These have a nice feel to them, and like the deckle edge, just strike me as unique and interesting.
This is where Archives gets a little trickier. I'm going to show the back, as well.
The Rod Carew card is a "Topps Gold Stamped Reprints Insert" - and obviously it is not one of the four years featured in the base set. If I am correct, Carew has a card #80 in the base set as well - and I guess it must be a '71. The Yount card is also not one of the four base years, either. This is one of the high numbered short prints, which runs 201-240 (or 241 if you count the Harper). I feel like this is a merging of two different short print ideas: the high numbered SP from Heritage, and the photo-variation (in this case, actually a whole different year! so a year-variation?!?) that we saw in this year's Gypsy Queen.
And here are my auto's! I do love how Topps has assembled some great 80's names to sign - and both of these cards made me smile when I saw them. I know there are some better names out there, but I love the nostalgic nature that this set inspires - a more recent nostalgia, certainly, than Heritage - and these cards certainly capture that!