Monday, January 23, 2012

Stamp and a Milk Dud

Here are the latest additions to my Billy Williams collection:

This is a stamp from the Topps 1962 insert set. The stamps are 1 3/8" x 1 7/8", a bit bigger than a regular postage stamp. There are 200 stamps in the set, 180 players and 20 team logos. That makes nine players per team. Winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1961 made it easy for Topps to include his as one of the nine Cubs.

This card is actually the back of a box of Milk Duds part of a set they released in 1971. There were three sets of 24 cards, though three players were double printed, making a total of 69 different names on the checklist. The most interesting thing for me is that team logos are on the cards. Most of the non-Topps sets from this era had only a MLBPA license and had logos blacked out. But, according to the side of the box, Milk Duds were the official candy of Major League Baseball, which meant they also got to use official hats.

Mine is just the card cut off the box. There is more of a premium if the entire box is intact. Here is a PSA 6 Billy Williams box that goes for $80.00. I paid five bucks for the cut card.

These two put the Williams collection at 140 cards (and growing!).

1 comment:

  1. That is some good stuff - I am seekign out a Jenkins 'Milk Dud' myself!