Last weekend, I was pondering whether I should try to collect the 1972-style mini cards in this year’s Topps baseball card set. After picking up nearly half of the 50-card insert set for $5 at a baseball card show this morning, I’m well on my way to completing it.

Here are the cards I have in my possession so far, with a few more on the way: (you should be able to click the pics to enlarge)

minis 1

minis 2

minis 3

minis 4

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3 responses

  1. The 1972 was such an iconic issue. It was the last season to have posed portrait pictures of players. The set had additional “In Action” cards. While I like the new players on the classic design, seeing Mays and Clemente in poor pictures is aweful. The 1972 Willie Mays with bat on shoulders was one of my favorite cards.


    • MJ says:

      I love the new Mays card. Teddy Ballgame looks fabulous. Mike Trout looks pretty good, too. Clemente and Gehrig are so-so. I believe the last season for posed portrait pics was ’82, not ’72, though I suppose it depends on your definition of posed portrait pictures. Topps started using action photography in the 1971 black border set (and some of those cards are god awful, in my opinion; you couldn’t even tell which player was being featured on a lot of them). ’82 also had “In Action” cards.


    • Paul says:

      There’s nothing wrong with the new photos for Mays or Clemente, though I’m not sure why we needed updated cards. (If anything, Topps missed an opportunity to create a 1972 card that showed Willie Mays as a Met.)

      Now the colorized Lou Gehrig photo is kind of terrible.