Thursday, December 7, 2017

1970 & 1971 Topps Super Cubs

Here's another one of those small sets that I've been picking up.

This one is small in checklist size, but not in card size.

Topps Super was a super-sized card.  Instead of the usual 2½" x 3½" dimensions, these came in at 3 1/8″ x 5 1/4″.  The  packs contained two cards each, plus gum, and cost 10¢.  The set came out in both 1970 and 1971 and was made up of 42  cards each year.

(As an aside, there was also a test release of Super in 1969, limited to the New York City area.  The cards were thicker than regular cards, but the dimensions were smaller.  Leave it to Topps to call smaller cards Super!)

The front of the card features a borderless picture, and the picture is different than the one on the regular card. The back mimicked the regular cards.  That means you can't tell which year a card is from based on the front, but the back is a dead giveaway

Here's a look at a Super and regular side by side.

The Cubs netted a total of five cards over the two year run, with two in 1970 and three in 1971.


The 1970 Cubs were Ron Santo and Billy Williams.  The Williams picture looks to be from the mid-Sixties.


In 1971, the three Cubs were Glenn Beckert, Fergie Jenkins, and Ron Santo.

After two years Topps discontinued the set.  It returned for a three-year run in 1984 and I'll have those cards tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. These look great -- I think I'll add some of the '70-'71 Topps Supers to my want list.