In 1977 the Topps Chewing Gum Company wanted to go where football (American style) has never been before. They issued a Mexican set and it was a spectacular failure! The set itself was printed and manufactured south of the boarder. Here is a peak at the mess of a pack:
This was a near mint pack!?!? Kind of makes me wonder that a poor condition pack would look like. You can read all about this wacky set here. I just want to go over the highlights here. First off isn’t this just a handful of awesome?
- The set had 528 cards just like it’s American counterpart.
- The cards were packed either two or four to a pack and 36 packs in a box.
- The included gum was either banana or grape.
- The four card packs are worth more than the two cards packs because there are usually three unstained cards.
- The two card pack usually has one wax stained card and one gum stained card.
- The collation of the cards were brutal, you didn’t just get doubles in boxes, you got 17s. Doubles in packs were the norm and not uncommon at all.
- There are twelve cards that are considered “The Dirty Dozen”, they are as follows:
These cards go for ridiculous amounts of bucks on eBay just look at some of these sold values:
I only have one card from the 1977 set, the Steve Largent rookie card, I am after all a Seahawks fan. Now that I know that this oddity exists I am going to have to pick up this baby:
Do you have any of these cards?