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Would You Rather: Own 1964 Topps Stand-ups that are “used” or intact?

Posted in Would You Rather with tags , , , , on February 8, 2022 by Cardboard Icons

As I look through my collection of vintage baseball cards I often become enamored with condition, and not in a way everyone does.

I can appreciate poor condition cards because they often can tell a story of a time in this hobby by where cards were entertainment and educational, and not an expenditure one can write off on their taxes. On the other hand, finding a mint copy of a card more than a century old is another story in and of itself.

One thing that always intrigues me when thinking in this head space is how we look at alternative cards, meaning those that had a purpose: Some cards were meant to be part of a game, some are legitimately checklists, and others were made for decor.

Take for instance the 1964 Topps “Stand-up.” These were inserted into packs, and they were perforated and made to be bent and stood up in a way that the depicted player looks to come to life on a bookshelf or desk.

I own a few cards from this set, specifically Sandy Koufax and Hank Aaron. And they are quite different. My Koufax is intact and in really good shape (save for a wax stain in the reverse) and the Aaron was enjoyed the way the cards were designed.

It got me wondering how collectors of today look at these cards. Which of the two conditions — intact or “used” would you chose for your collection and why?