Topps may have thought 1963 would be another year where Fleer issued an old timer's set, as they had for three seasons, but Fleer elected to try a set of current major leaguers, which Topps shut down after one series. The 1963 Topps regular issue only had a single insert, 46 Peel-Offs that would hardly have filled out all seven series of cards while they were competing with Fleer so it's a bit odd their other insert set went into Bazooka boxes destined for the nation's supermarket and variety store shelves. I have to suspect the timing was such that after shutting down Fleer they decided to just put the All Time Greats, which feature T.C.G. indicia, into Bazooka, which already featured what was becoming a standard three card panel of current players.
So anyhoo, there are 41 All Time Greats, and they are pretty darn snazzy with their faux gold leaf and dimensions (1 9/16" x 2 1/2") almost matching those of T206 and the like. Here's Honus:
You can see how the gold foil scratches easily and retains production marks. When the cards are in nice, spiffy shape they really pop. In contrast, here is a "silver" front:
You can see there is no gold foil present, although I have to say they still look pretty nice in this format. It's easy to think the foil just wasn't applied to the silver cards but that's not the case, as evidenced by the backs. Here is the back of the gold Honus Wagner card:
The mustard yellow blocks are prominent but on the silver cards, there is no block of color applied:
Here is the "Golden Edition" checklist, see you all in 2017!
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