Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXV
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Topps 1969 4-on-1 Mini-Sticker test set was one of a number of tests in what was a desperate time for Topps. Society was changing. The world was changing. And most notably baseball was changing.

The 1968 season saw pitching dominance not seen since the Dead Ball Era, with only six players in all of baseball hitting over .300. Even more alarming, Carl Yastrzemski won the A.L. batting crown, as the only hitter in the Junior Circuit finishing the season above the .300 mark, with a paltry .301 average. It was the lowest mark for a batting champion since the inception of the two league system at the start of the century.

A Failed Test, A Collector’s Opportunity

“The executives at Topps tried everything imaginable in 1969. They were watching society change before their eyes. Man landed on the moon. A half-million people gathered at Woodstock. Our leaders were being assassinated. And kids were changing faster than ever before. Topps was throwing whatever they could at the wall to see what stuck. And very little of it did.

One of the greatest Topps test failures of 1969 came in the form of the 4-on-1 mini sticker. Using card designs from 1969’s Series 3, the sticker set featured 100 players available on 25 blank back 2 ½ x 3 ½ cards, with four peel-off stickers.

The most valuable cards in the set are:
#1, Jerry Adair, Willie Mays, Johnny Morris and Don Wilson
#6, Bob Gibson, Larry Haney, Rich Reichardt and World Series Game 3 (Tim McCarver)
#19 Pete Rose, Don Sutton, Lee Stange and Ted Uhlaender
#25 Yaz, Rico Petrocelli, Joe Nossek and Cardinals Rookies Steve Hurtz and Mike Torrez.

The Old Adage Applies: Condition, Condition, Condition

Given the extreme scarcity of this issue, condition plays an even more vital role than normal in value for the 4-on-1 issue. Very few of these stickers survived, particularly in-tact and attached to their backing cards. Cards at what would normally be considered “collector grade” sell at a premium, while examples at NM 7 and above carry values at significant multipliers above the norm.

This set represents the first full, graded 4-on-1 set to come through our doors. It’s a great opportunity to own the unusual and obscure, while accumulating a few key Hall of Famers and greats of the game. Consider it this way, Topps failure could be your success with this issue.
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1969 Topps 4 In 1 Complete Set Beckett Graded

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Auction closed on Friday, June 22, 2018.
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