1968 Topps Baseball Cards

1968 Topps Baseball Cards

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The 1968 Topps Baseball card set release with a small decrease in the size of the checklist from the previous year, dipping back down to 598 cards. Measuring the standard 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches, the set is loaded with superstars, future Hall of Fame Players and contains two of the most coveted rookie cards of the entire era and beyond. A fantasy league dream team and two of the best players to ever play the game, Nolan Ryan (#177) and Johnny Bench (#247) both have rookie cards in the set.

Nolan Ryan's rookie card is especially popular due to the fact that it features him alongside fellow rookie and teammate, Jerry Koosman. With few exceptions, most multi-player rookie cards would pair future Hall of Famers with journeymen players who have little-to-no collecting appeal. For example, Bench's rookie card finds him paired with Ron Tompkins, a pitcher with a career record of 0-2 over only 50 IP. On the other hand, contrast that with Koosman, who was a star in his own right. Over his 19 seasons, he amassed a career record of 222-209 with a 3.36 ERA and 2,556 Stikeouts. Paired with Ryan, whose career stat line was 324-292, 3.19 ERA and 5,714 Strikeouts, this is probably the best multi-player baseball rookie card ever produced.

The list of 1968 Topps Baseball card specialty subsets includes:

  • League Leaders: #1-12
  • World Series Highlights: #151-158
  • The Sporting News All-Stars: #361-380
  • Team Rookie Star Pairs
  • Checklists

The 1968 design is widely regarded as being one of the worst of the era. Regardless of where you stand on the set's aesthetic appeal, the design does an excellent job masking card damage and imperfections. Despite that characteristic, some of the star cards can be difficult to find in high-grade. Utilizing a bizarre, speckled, dot-matrix background, it unfortunately draws attention away from the photography. A white and black border with rounded corners, frames the depicted player image with the player name adorning the bottom of the card. An off-set circle on the lower right-hand corner of the card housed the players fielding position and team name.

There are a handful of known variations, most of which are related to the color of the lettering used in the team name. None of them carry any sort of premium, however. When taken into account, these variations bring the master set total to 607 total cards. The high-number series, card numbers 498-598, as is customary, are slightly more difficult to find and do carry a slight premium over cards from other series.

Key cards anchoring the set include Roberto Clemente (#150), Hank Aaron (#110), and Ernie Banks (#355). Also found within the set are second-year cards of Tom Seaver (#45) and Rod Carew (#80) . The set also features Mickey Mantle's second-to-last Topps regular issue (#280), which is said to be one of the most difficult to find in high-grade condition.

As with other sets from the decade, a Venezuelan issue was released and consisted of the first 370 cards. Other issues released by Topps in 1968 included Topps Plaks, Topps Action All-Star Stickers, Bazooka Tips from the Topps, Topps 3D and Topps Milton Bradley.

The popularity of the 1968 Topps Baseball card set  relies heavily on it's checklist, as opposed to it's design. A relatively affordable vintage offering, it is a perfect starter set for the new vintage collector.

 

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1968 Topps NL RBI Leaders #3 Baseball Card EX...AUCT#SP168
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1968 Topps Nolan Ryan Rookie Card - Mets
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Set Checklist

1968 Topps Baseball Set Checklist

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Featuring 598 cards

 1 NL Batting Leaders
2 AL Batting Leaders
3 NL RBI Leaders
4 AL RBI Leaders
5 NL Home Run Leaders
6 AL Home Run Leaders
7 NL ERA Leaders
8 AL ERA Leaders
9 NL Pitching Leaders
10a AL Pitching Leader ERR
10b AL Pitching Leader COR
11 NL Strikeout Leaders
12 AL Strikeout Leaders
13 Chuck Hartenstein RC
14 Jerry McNertney
15 Ron Hunt
16 Lou Piniella / Richie Scheinblum RC
17 Dick Hall
18 Mike Hershberger
19 Juan Pizarro
20 Brooks Robinson
21 Ron Davis
22 Pat Dobson
23 Chico Cardenas
24 Bobby Locke
25 Julian Javier
26 Darrell Brandon
27 Gil Hodges MG
28 Ted Uhlaender
29 Joe Verbanic
30 Joe Torre
31 Ed Stroud
32 Joe Gibbon
33 Pete Ward
34 Al Ferrara
35 Steve Hargan
36 Bob Moose / Bob Rober RC
37 Billy Williams
38 Tony Pierce
39 Cookie Rojas
40 Denny McLain
41 Julio Gotay
42 Larry Haney
43 Gary Bell
44 Frank Kostro
45 Tom Seaver DP
46 Dave Ricketts
47 Ralph Houk MG
48 Ted Davidson
49a Ed Brinkman
49b Ed Brinkman
50 Willie Mays
51 Bob Locker
52 Hawk Taylor
53 Gene Alley
54 Stan Williams
55 Felipe Alou
56 Dave Leonhard / Dave May RC
57 Dan Schneider
58 Eddie Mathews
59 Don Lock
60 Ken Holtzman
61 Reggie Smith
62 Chuck Dobson
63 Dick Kenworthy RC
64 Jim Merritt
65 John Roseboro
66a Casey Cox
66b Casey Cox
67 Checklist 1-109
68 Ron Willis
69 Tom Tresh
70 Bob Veale
71 Vern Fuller RC
72 Tommy John
73 Jim Hart
74 Milt Pappas
75 Don Mincher
76 Jim Britton / Ron Reed RC
77 Don Wilson RC
78 Jim Northrup
79 Ted Kubiak RC
80 Rod Carew
81 Larry Jackson
82 Sam Bowens
83 John Stephenson
84 Bob Tolan
85 Gaylord Perry
86 Willie Stargell
87 Dick Williams MG
88 Phil Regan
89 Jake Gibbs
90 Vada Pinson
91 Jim Ollom RC
92 Ed Kranepool
93 Tony Cloninger
94 Lee Maye
95 Bob Aspromonte
96 Frank Coggins / Dick Nold RC
97 Tom Phoebus
98 Gary Sutherland
99 Rocky Colavito
100 Bob Gibson
101 Glenn Beckert
102 Jose Cardenal
103 Don Sutton
104 Dick Dietz
105 Al Downing
106 Dalton Jones
107a Checklist 110-196
107b Checklist 110-196
108 Don Pavletich
109 Bert Campaneris
110 Hank Aaron
111 Rich Reese
112 Woodie Fryman
113 Tom Matchick / Daryl Patterson RC
114 Ron Swoboda
115 Sam McDowell
116 Ken McMullen
117 Larry Jaster
118 Mark Belanger
119 Ted Savage
120 Mel Stottlemyre
121 Jimmie Hall
122 Gene Mauch MG
123 Jose Santiago
124 Nate Oliver
125 Joe Horlen
126 Bobby Etheridge RC
127 Paul Lindblad
128 Tom Dukes / Alonzo Harris RC
129 Mickey Stanley
130 Tony Perez
131 Frank Bertaina
132 Bud Harrelson
133 Fred Whitfield
134 Pat Jarvis
135 Paul Blair
136 Randy Hundley
137 Twins Team
138 Ruben Amaro
139 Chris Short
140 Tony Conigliaro
141 Dal Maxvill
142 White Sox Rookies
143 Pete Cimino
144 Joe Morgan
145 Don Drysdale
146 Sal Bando
147 Frank Linzy
148 Dave Bristol MG
149 Bob Saverine
150 Roberto Clemente
151 World Series Game 1
152 World Series Game 2
153 World Series Game 3
154 World Series Game 4
155 World Series Game 5
156 World Series Game 6
157 World Series Game 7
158 World Series Summary
159 Don Kessinger
160 Earl Wilson
161 Norm Miller
162 Hal Gilson / Mike Torrez RC
163 Gene Brabender
164 Ramon Webster
165 Tony Oliva
166 Claude Raymond
167 Elston Howard
168 Dodgers Team
169 Bobby Bolin
170 Jim Fregosi
171 Don Nottebart
172 Walt Williams
173 John Boozer
174 Bob Tillman
175 Maury Wills
176 Bob Allen
177 Nolan Ryan / Jerry Koosman RC
178 Don Wert
179 Bill Stoneman RC
180 Curt Flood
181 Jerry Zimmerman
182 Dave Giusti
183 Bob Kennedy MG
184 Lou Johnson
185 Tom Haller
186 Eddie Watt
187 Sonny Jackson
188 Cap Peterson
189 Bill Landis RC
190 Bill White
191 Danny Frisella RC
192a Checklist 197-283 ERR
192b Checklist 197-283 COR
193 Jack Hamilton
194 Don Buford
195 Joe Pepitone
196 Gary Nolan RC
197 Larry Brown
198 Roy Face
199 Roberto Rodriguez / Darrell Osteen RC
200 Orlando Cepeda
201 Mike G. Marshall RC
202 Adolfo Phillips
203 Dick Kelley
204 Andy Etchebarren
205 Juan Marichal
206 Cal Ermer MG RC
207 Carroll Sembera
208 Willie Davis
209 Tim Cullen
210 Gary Peters
211 J.C. Martin
212 Dave Morehead
213 Chico Ruiz
214 Stan Bahnsen/ Frank Fernandez RC
215 Jim Bunning
216 Bubba Morton
217 Turk Farrell
218 Ken Suarez
219 Rob Gardner
220 Harmon Killebrew
221 Braves Team
222 Jim Hardin RC
223 Ollie Brown
224 Jack Aker
225 Dick Allen
226 Jim Price
227 Joe Hoerner
228 Jack Billingham / Jim Fairey RC
229 Fred Klages
230 Pete Rose
231 Dave Baldwin RC
232 Denis Menke
233 George Scott
234 Bill Monbouquette
235 Ron Santo
236 Tug McGraw
237 Alvin Dark MG
238 Tom Satriano
239 Bill Henry
240 Al Kaline
241 Felix Millan
242 Moe Drabowsky
243 Rich Rollins
244 John Donaldson RC
245 Tony Gonzalez
246 Fritz Peterson
247 Johnny Bench / Ron Tompkins RC
248 Fred Valentine
249 Bill Singer
250 Carl Yastrzemski
251 Manny Sanguillen RC
252 Angels Team
253 Dick Hughes
254 Cleon Jones
255 Dean Chance
256 Norm Cash
257 Phil Niekro
258 Jose Arcia / Bill Schlesinger RC
259 Ken Boyer
260 Jim Wynn
261 Dave Duncan
262 Rick Wise
263 Horace Clarke
264 Ted Abernathy
265 Tommy Davis
266 Paul Popovich
267 Herman Franks MG
268 Bob Humphreys
269 Bobby Tiefenauer
270 Matty Alou
271 Bobby Knoop
272 Ray Culp
273 Dave Johnson
274 Mike Cuellar
275 Tim McCarver
276 Jim Roland
277 Jerry Buchek
278a Checklist 284-370
278b Checklist 284-370
279 Bill Hands
280 Mickey Mantle
281 Jim Campanis
282 Rick Monday
283 Mel Queen
284 John Briggs
285 Dick McAuliffe
286 Cecil Upshaw
287 Mickey Abarbanel / Cisco Carlos RC
288 Dave Wickersham
289 Woodie Held
290 Willie McCovey
291 Dick Lines
292 Art Shamsky
293 Bruce Howard
294 Red Schoendienst MG
295 Sonny Siebert
296 Byron Browne
297 Russ Gibson
298 Jim Brewer
299 Gene Michael
300 Rusty Staub
301 George Mitterwald / Rick Renick RC
302 Gerry Arrigo
303 Dick Green
304 Sandy Valdespino
305 Minnie Rojas
306 Mike Ryan
307 John Hiller
308 Pirates Team
309 Ken Henderson
310 Luis Aparicio
311 Jack Lamabe
312 Curt Blefary
313 Al Weis
314 Bill Rohr / George Spriggs RC
315 Zoilo Versalles
316 Steve Barber
317 Ron Brand
318 Chico Salmon
319 George Culver
320 Frank Howard
321 Leo Durocher MG
322 Dave Boswell
323 Deron Johnson
324 Jim Nash
325 Manny Mota
326 Dennis Ribant
327 Tony Taylor
328 Chuck Vinson / Jim Weaver RC
329 Duane Josephson
330 Roger Maris
331 Dan Osinski
332 Doug Rader
333 Ron Herbel
334 Orioles Team
335 Bob Allison
336 John Purdin
337 Bill Robinson
338 Bob Johnson
339 Rich Nye
340 Max Alvis
341 Jim Lemon MG
342 Ken Johnson
343 Jim Gosger
344 Donn Clendenon
345 Bob Hendley
346 Jerry Adair
347 George Brunet
348 Larry Colton / Dick Thoenen RC
349 Ed Spiezio
350 Hoyt Wilhelm
351 Bob Barton
352 Jackie Hernandez RC
353 Mack Jones
354 Pete Richert
355 Ernie Banks
356a Checklist 371-457
356b Checklist 371-457
357 Len Gabrielson
358 Mike Epstein
359 Joe Moeller
360 Willie Horton
361 Harmon Killebrew AS
362 Orlando Cepeda AS
363 Rod Carew AS
364 Joe Morgan AS
365 Brooks Robinson AS
366 Ron Santo AS
367 Jim Fregosi AS
368 Gene Alley AS
369 Carl Yastrzemski AS
370 Hank Aaron AS
371 Tony Oliva AS
372 Lou Brock AS
373 Frank Robinson AS
374 Roberto Clemente AS
375 Bill Freehan AS
376 Tim McCarver AS
377 Joe Horlen AS
378 Bob Gibson AS
379 Gary Peters AS
380 Ken Holtzman AS
381 Boog Powell
382 Ramon Hernandez
383 Steve Whitaker
384 Bill Henry / Hal McRae RC
385 Jim Hunter
386 Greg Goossen
387 Joe Foy
388 Ray Washburn
389 Jay Johnstone
390 Bill Mazeroski
391 Bob Priddy
392 Grady Hatton MG
393 Jim Perry
394 Tommie Aaron
395 Camilo Pascual
396 Bobby Wine
397 Vic Davalillo
398 Mudcat Grant
399 Ray Oyler
400a Mike McCormick
400b Mike McCormick
401 Mets Team
402 Mike Hegan
403 John Buzhardt
404 Floyd Robinson
405 Tommy Helms
406 Dick Ellsworth
407 Gary Kolb
408 Steve Carlton
409 Frank Peters / Ron Stone RC
410 Fergie Jenkins
411 Ron Hansen
412 Clay Carroll
413 Tommy McCraw
414 Mickey Lolich
415 Johnny Callison
416 Bill Rigney MG
417 Willie Crawford
418 Eddie Fisher
419 Jack Hiatt
420 Cesar Tovar
421 Ron Taylor
422 Rene Lachemann
423 Fred Gladding
424 White Sox Team
425 Jim Maloney
426 Hank Allen
427 Dick Calmus
428 Vic Roznovsky
429 Tommie Sisk
430 Rico Petrocelli
431 Dooley Womack
432 Bill Davis / Jose Vidal RC
433 Bob Rodgers
434 Rick Joseph RC
435 Ron Perranoski
436 Hal Lanier
437 Don Cardwell
438 Lee Thomas
439 Lum Harris MG
440 Claude Osteen
441 Alex Johnson
442 Dick Bosman
443 Joe Azcue
444 Jack Fisher
445 Mike Shannon
446 Ron Kline
447 George Korince / Fred Lasher RC
448 Gary Wagner
449 Gene Oliver
450 Jim Kaat
451 Al Spangler
452 Jesus Alou
453 Sammy Ellis
454a Checklist 458-533
454b Checklist 458-533
455 Rico Carty
456 John O'Donoghue
457 Jim Lefebvre
458 Lew Krausse
459 Dick Simpson
460 Jim Lonborg
461 Chuck Hiller
462 Barry Moore
463 Jimmie Schaffer
464 Don McMahon
465 Tommie Agee
466 Bill Dillman
467 Dick Howser
468 Larry Sherry
469 Ty Cline
470 Bill Freehan
471 Orlando Pena
472 Walt Alston MG
473 Al Worthington
474 Paul Schaal
475 Joe Niekro
476 Woody Woodward
477 Phillies Team
478 Dave McNally
479 Phil Gagliano
480 Manager's Dream
481 John Wyatt
482 Jose Pagan
483 Darold Knowles
484 Phil Roof
485 Ken Berry
486 Cal Koonce
487 Lee May
488 Dick Tracewski
489 Wally Bunker
490 Super Stars
491 Denny Lemaster
492 Jeff Torborg
493 Jim McGlothlin
494 Ray Sadecki
495 Leon Wagner
496 Steve Hamilton
497 Cards Team
498 Billy Bryan
499 Steve Blass
500 Frank Robinson
501 Johnny Odom
502 Mike Andrews
503 Al Jackson
504 Russ Snyder
505 Joe Sparma
506 Clarence Jones RC
507 Wade Blasingame
508 Duke Sims
509 Dennis Higgins
510 Ron Fairly
511 Bill Kelso
512 Grant Jackson
513 Hank Bauer MG
514 Al McBean
515 Russ Nixon
516 Pete Mikkelsen
517 Diego Segui
518a Checklist 534-598 ERR
518b Checklist 534-598 COR
519 Jerry Stephenson
520 Lou Brock
521 Don Shaw
522 Wayne Causey
523 John Tsitouris
524 Andy Kosco
525 Jim Davenport
526 Bill Denehy
527 Tito Francona
528 Tigers Team
529 Bruce Von Hoff RC
530 Bird Belters
531 Chuck Hinton
532 Luis Tiant
533 Wes Parker
534 Bob Miller
535 Danny Cater
536 Bill Short
537 Norm Siebern
538 Manny Jimenez
539 Jim Ray / Mike Ferrar RC
540 Nelson Briles
541 Sandy Alomar Sr.
542 John Boccabella
543 Bob Lee
544 Mayo Smith MG
545 Lindy McDaniel
546 Roy White
547 Danny Coombs
548 Bernie Allen
549 Curt Motton / Roger Nelson RC
550 Clete Boyer
551 Darrell Sutherland
552 Ed Kirkpatrick
553 Hank Aguirre
554 A's Team
555 Jose Tartabull
556 Dick Selma
557 Frank Quilici
558 Johnny Edwards
559 Carl Taylor / Luke Walker RC
560 Paul Casanova
561 Lee Elia
562 Jim Bouton
563 Ed Charles
564 Eddie Stanky MG
565 Larry Dierker
566 Ken Harrelson
567 Clay Dalrymple
568 Willie Smith
569 Ivan Murrell / Les Rohr RC
570 Rick Reichardt
571 Tony LaRussa
572 Don Bosch RC
573 Joe Coleman
574 Reds Team
575 Jim Palmer
576 Dave Adlesh
577 Fred Talbot
578 Orlando Martinez
579 Larry Hisle / Mike Lum RC
580 Bob Bailey
581 Garry Roggenburk
582 Jerry Grote
583 Gates Brown
584 Larry Shepard MG RC
585 Wilbur Wood
586 Jim Pagliaroni
587 Roger Repoz
588 Dick Schofield
589 Ron Clark / Moe Ogier RC
590 Tommy Harper
591 Dick Nen
592 John Bateman
593 Lee Stange
594 Phil Linz
595 Phil Ortega
596 Charlie Smith
597 Bill McCool
598 Jerry May

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Checklist #356B Ken Holtzman CL5 Head Shifted Right 1968 Topps BVG 4.0
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1968 Topps #95 Bob Aspromonte PSA 8 NMMT 26997
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