Saturday, March 7, 2015

King's Ransom

Another Topps Presentation Board has popped up, this time featuring the one and only Elvis Presley.

We've looked at these boards before, which were prepared for pitch meetings at (or possibly by)
Topps when new sets were being contemplated.  This latest one, offered by BMW Sportscards is quite nice as these things go:

Sometimes there is a number on the reverse, indicating where in the sequential order of the presentation the specific board should appear.  That does not seem like it is happening here:

The concept for the cards, at least at this stage, was pretty spare:

You can see how the lettering and red bars were pasted on. I actually like the design and it doesn't clutter up the picture. 

Topps, of course didn't get to produce an Elvis set, that was done by Donruss with a busier and more varied design:

It's too bad Topps didn't get to produce an Elvis set as it would have closed the circle with their late 1956 offering, which was also their first set in the now standard size of 2 1/2" x 3 1/2":

The 1956 version of Elvis (the singer) is a little closer to the era I most like when it comes to his music, the Sun Records years.  If you ever want to check out the primal Elvis, Sunrise is a great little release.

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