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1965 Topps Embossed Baseball Cards

1965 Topps Embossed Baseball Cards

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1965 Topps Embossed Baseball is an odd looking set. Featuring gold foil portraits, it is a large insert set intended to compliment the main 1965 Topps Baseball release.

The set has 72 cards, each measuring 2 1/8 by 3 1/2 inches. The cards are dominated with gold foil, something that was out there at the time. Not only do they have lots of foil, but the player portraits take the shine and are topped off with embossing. While the look is certainly different, many of the likenesses are, understandably, lacking. National League players have red backgrounds while American League cards use blue.

Card backs are extremely plain. A decorative rectangle at the bottom portion of the card has the card number and copyright info. That's it.

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Due to the material used in making the cards, most collectors shouldn't be too picky about getting stellar condition cards. They're out there, but most have noticeable flaws. As a result, most of the set is extremely affordable. Only professionally graded and top condition cards go for large sums. Even then, it's reasonable given the era it comes from.

Key players on the 1965 Topps Embossed Baseball include Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

The cards were the basis of an insert set in 2014 Topps Heritage Baseball.

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1965 Topps Embossed Baseball Checklist

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1 Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox
2 Ron Fairly, Los Angeles Dodgers
3 Max Alvis, Cleveland Indians
4 Jim Ray Hart, San Francisco Giants
5 Bill Skowron, Chicago White Sox
6 Ed Kranepool, New York Mets
7 Tim McCarver, St. Louis Cardinals
8 Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers
9 Donn Clendenon, Pittsburgh Pirates
10 John Romano, Cleveland Indians
11 Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees
12 Joe Torre, Milwaukee Braves
13 Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers
14 Al McBean, Pittsburgh Pirates
15 Don Drysdale, Los Angeles Dodgers
16 Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles
17 Jim Bunning, Philadelphia Phillies
18 Gary Peters, Chicago White Sox
19 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates
20 Milt Pappas, Baltimore Orioles
21 Wayne Causey, Kansas City Athletics
22 Frank Robinson, Cincinnati Reds
23 Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh Pirates
24 Diego Segui, Kansas City Athletics
25 Jim Bouton, New York Yankees
26 Eddie Mathews, Milwaukee Braves
27 Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants
28 Ron Santo, Chicago Cubs
29 Boog Powell, Baltimore Orioles
30 Ken McBride, California Angels
31 Leon Wagner, Cleveland Indians
32 Johnny Callison, Philadelphia Phillies
33 Zoilo Versalles, Minnesota Twins
34 Jack Baldschun, Philadelphia Phillies
35 Ron Hunt, New York Mets
36 Richie Allen, Philadelphia Phillies
37 Frank Malzone, Boston Red Sox
38 Bob Allison, Minnesota Twins
39 Jim Fregosi, California Angels
40 Billy Williams, Chicago Cubs
41 Bill Freehan, Detroit Tigers
42 Vada Pinson, Cincinnati Reds
43 Bill White, St. Louis Cardinals
44 Roy McMillan, New York Mets
45 Orlando Cepeda, San Francisco Giants
46 Rocky Colavito, Kansas City Athletics
47 Ken Boyer, St. Louis Cardinals
48 Dick Radatz, Boston Red Sox
49 Tommy Davis, Los Angeles Dodgers
50 Walt Bond, Houston Astros
51 John Orsino, Baltimore Orioles
52 Joe Christopher, New York Mets
53 Al Spangler, Houston Astros
54 Jim King, Washington Senators
55 Mickey Lolich, Detroit Tigers
56 Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins
57 Bob Shaw, San Francisco Giants
58 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs
59 Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves
60 Chuck Hinton, Cleveland Indians
61 Bob Aspromonte, Houston Astros
62 Lee Maye, Milwaukee Braves
63 Joe Cunningham, Washington Senators
64 Pete Ward, Chicago White Sox
65 Bobby Richardson, New York Yankees
66 Dean Chance, California Angels
67 Dick Ellsworth, Chicago Cubs
68 Jim Maloney, Cincinnati Reds
69 Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals
70 Earl Battey, Minnesota Twins
71 Tony Kubek, New York Yankees
72 Jack Kralick, Cleveland Indians

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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