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Lot # 808 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Gigantic 1976-1990 Topps Archives Collection (3,000+ items)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,770.00

This is a tremendous and voluminous collection of original card-production material direct from the archives of Topps, formally deaccessioned prior to the creation of The Topps Vault. The collection spans from the late 1970s to the late 1980s and includes hundreds of photographs, negatives, and other materials related to the card-production process, mostly baseball, but also including football, soccer, and a small number of non-sport card-related items. Many of the photos, both negatives and color prints, are "outtakes," which were considered but not actually used by Topps. Included are a total of over 3,000 items. 1) 1979 Topps Baseball: outtake negatives, 4 x 5 inches (83) and outtake photos, 4 x 5 inches (41); includes Rose, Fingers, Brett, Winfield, Carew. 2) 1980 Topps Baseball "Superstar 5 x 7 Photos": 37 outtake photos and 20 outtake photo negatives. 3) 1981 Coke (printed by Topps): 13 Topps envelopes with printer's notations written on the outside of the envelopes; inside each envelope are materials relating to proofing the design and production of one card (photo strip negative and tracing paper with drafted design). Includes Sutton and Winfield. 4) 1981 Squirt (printed by Topps): 30 Topps envelopes with printer's notations written on the outside of the envelopes; inside each envelope are materials relating to the design and production of one card (photo negative and tracing paper with drafted design). Includes Jackson, Schmidt, Murray, Rose, Bench, Henderson, Carew, Brett, etc. 5) 1984 Topps Baseball Cards Outtake Photos (1,768 photos): Each photograph is 5 x 7 inches, presented in Topps envelopes organized by team. Yankees (74), including Berra, Mattingly (2 diff.), Winfield, and Niekro (2 diff.); Red Sox (72), including Boggs (3 diff.) and Eckersley; Angels (52), including Carew (2 diff.) and Jackson (2 diff.); Expos (89), including Rose (8 diff.), Dawson (3 diff.), Carter (2 diff.), Raines (3 diff.); Cubs (72), including Sandberg; Braves (52), including Torre; Orioles (42), including Ripken and Murray; Cardinals (62), including Smith; Mets (65), including Strawberry (4 diff.); Indians (52); Rangers (87); Tigers (45), including Anderson (2 diff.) and Morris (World Series photo); Giants (147), including Robinson; Pirates (38); Reds (64) including Rose (3 diff.) and Parker (2 diff.); Astros (65), including Ryan (2 diff.); Padres (70); White Sox (72), including Fisk (2 diff.) and Seaver (3 diff.); Twins (40); Dodgers (38), including Valenzuela (4 diff.); Mariners (89); Royals (46), including Brett (3 diff.); Phillies (93), including Schmidt (2 diff.); A's (171), including Henderson (3 diff.) and Morgan (7 diff.); Brewers (40), including Yount; Blue Jays (31). 6) 1987 Topps Baseball Stickers - Panini (11): materials to proof the design of eleven stickers (photo negative, developed photo, back of sticker design); includes Clemens, Sutton, Righetti, Canseco, and Sierra. 7) 1988 Topps Baseball Yearbook photos (13): Each action photo represents a different team, measures 11 x 13 inches, and is mounted on heavy cardboard. 8) Alex Fernandez 1990 Golden Spike Winner set: ticket to USBF Awards Luncheon, sample card, press photos (10), press release (12), and press kit (8). 9) 1976 Topps Football Cards: outtake negatives 4 x 5 inches (122), includes Staubach, Theismann, and Payton. 10) 1986 Football Strip Negatives (299 strips of negatives, four images on each strip, for a total of 1196 images): The images on the negatives are those of live NFL games from the 1986 season (11 different games) taken by a Topps photographer from the sidelines. The pictures capture pregame warm-ups, "action" plays, quarterbacks dropping back to pass, running backs busting through the holes, defenses sacking the quarterback. The photographer also strayed on numerous occasions from the live game to capture the cheerleaders. The games included are (the number in parenthesis represents the quantity of strip negatives): SF/Atl (9), including Montana; Cle/Pitt (18); Chi/Atl (51), including Payton; NE/Pitt (39); SD/Phil (21); Wash/Dal (75), including Landry and Dorsett; GB/Pitt (17); Sea/Jets (13), including Largent; Wash/Cinn (18); Wash/Phil (29); and Wash/Pitt (9). 11) 1978 Topps Basketball: outtake negatives 4 x 5 inches (72), including Parish, Monroe, Gervin, Walton, Maravich, Erving, etc. 12) 1977 Topps "Charlie's Angels" Cards: outtake negatives, 4 x 5 inches (89). 13) Circa Late 1970s Topps Soccer: outtake negatives, 4 x 5 inches (422) and photographs, 4 x 5 inches (137). 14) Topps 1990 Team USA patches (2). 15) Baseball cartoon artwork (3). 16) Topps Magazine (4). 17) Two boards (8 x 8 inches), one with three "Laverne & Shirley" paste-up prototype cards, the other with "21 Super Hero Tattoos" wrapper and sample tattoo sheet. 18) Small group of miscellaneous items, including a few Topps interoffice communications apparently related in some way to this material. This is a unique and fascinating collection of material from Topps, much of it unique, which has never before been offered, with tremendous potential break value, and for which it is impossible for us to provide a meaningful auction estimate. Total 3,000+ items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,770.00

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