A Little Gem

COMC has been a great resource for me as I plug away at older sets. These days, I’m filling the gaps on some football sets that I didn’t have – 1968-1971 Topps. COMC dealers usually have good prices, predictably liftable offers (that’s the old options trader in me – bids get hit, offers get lifted/taken). All in all I’ve been very happy with COMC, especially since they feed my occasional need for cheap autographed cards.

While searching for a 1968 Jack Kemp, a card I have that is in need of upgrading, I came across this:


Wow! Frequent readers know I’m all over Kellogg’s 3-D cards, and while I don’t have any 1968 Topps 3-D cards, with no intentions of getting any based on prices, I quickly discovered that this was an insert set of 15 cards from the 2012 Topps Archives issue and pretty cheap. I bought all the cards on COMC for around $15 a little less expensive than I saw on eBay.

They’re wonderful cards, sized the same as the 1968’s, though not blank backed.


Like Topps Archives, the checklist is a nice mix of current stars and all-time greats.



Go grab some. I’ve been looking at them over and over again.

One last football note: Topps missed out politically, by not having 1968 cards of these two:


Author: Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is the former Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.

10 thoughts on “A Little Gem”

  1. COMC is one of my go to dealers as well. I am working on an odd ball collection of cards depicting professional baseball player with whom I share my birth date. November 6th. From Walter Johnson to Lorenzo Bundy to Alex Blandino. COMC is very good for the minor league players who never made “The show”. Just collecting the one date allows me to include Cards from Japan, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Do you know of a source of cards from Mexico and Cuba? I enjoy reading you column. Thanks, Brian in Humble Texas.

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    1. I can’t help with a source of cards from Mexico and Cuba, but I recently discovered (perhaps rediscovered) Beckett marketplace. I was trying to find some minor league cards of players I collect and noticed a seller had a few Wonderful Monds cards for about 50 cents each. I had not seen them on COMC, and I could only find complete team sets (if that) on eBay but those ran $8-$10 once shipping was included. I ended up buying a bunch of stuff from a seller called 7th Inning Stretch who had better prices than I was finding elsewhere.


  2. The 2011 Topps Lineage set, which never had a follow-up (I might have been the only who ever bought the product), has a lot of throwback insert sets you might like. There’s a 3D set like the one you have featured here (I originally thought it was from Lineage but they are not quite the same), Cloth Stickers set (1977), Giants (think 1964 oversize card, not the team), Stand-Ups (1964), and Venezuelan (base set card with Spanish language on the back – not a full set parallel). There’s also a Rookies insert set which mirrors some late 1980s glossy rookies sets.

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