1969 Topps Cards from the MLBPA Boycott of 1968

by Dave Sosidka - 198 cards (Last updated on Sep. 3, 2017)

53. 1969 Topps #153 Ed Brinkman

Look at the sun shining off the helmet on these cards- same photo session as far as I'm concerned. Pompano Beach, Florida in the spring of 1967?

57. 1969 Topps #175 Jim Bunning

Given how the outfield wall seems to go through his head in the same spot in both pictures, I'm judging this as the same session as the 1965 Topps card- taken in 1964. With apologies to Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, "Cap Off, Cap On."

59. 1969 Topps #176 Joe Azcue

This photo, based on the 1967 Topps, was taken in 1966 at the latest.



Mar. 24, 2017 - 1:44PM

Nice observations here.  For me personally, I only stick with the initial player photo from the '68 Topps set, and skip any duplicate photos from the '69 set.  There were a lot of big names too which is unfortunate, and another one that comes to mind is Ernie Banks.   

Mar. 24, 2017 - 2:04PM
Dave Sosidka

Thanks- I added the Banks.

Mar. 24, 2017 - 3:01PM

You missed Lou Johnson; 1968 and 1969

Mar. 24, 2017 - 3:45PM

Nice work. Hmmm, 1968 and 1969 are the next two sets I intended to complete after this year. Perhaps I can combine them, and save myself a great deal of money.

I'm not sure I completely buy every one of your assertions, but you're dead-on for about 65 or 66 of them.

Cool, sad, list.


Mar. 24, 2017 - 4:20PM
Dave Sosidka

Johnson has been added.  Thanks.

Mar. 24, 2017 - 8:58PM

This is fascinating. Thank you for explaining the reasons why there are so many duplicate or similar photos in this era. I had no idea the reason. 

Mar. 24, 2017 - 9:37PM
Dave Sosidka
Mar. 31, 2017 - 6:48AM
Steve Szluck

Tremendous job of research. I never realized so many were the same picture  or obviously the same photo session.

Apr. 1, 2017 - 9:28AM

And to think that I blamed it all on budget cuts to the photography department. It all makes sense now.

Apr. 3, 2017 - 8:30PM

So did Larry Haney throw left or right handed lol

Apr. 7, 2017 - 11:11PM

For your consideration. The NY Mets wore the New York World's Fair patch only during the 1964 and 1965 seasons.

1969 Topps #649 Al Jackson, photo from 1964 or 1965.

1969 Topps #127 Kevin Collins, photo from 1965.

Apr. 13, 2017 - 11:58AM

Wonderfully entertaining thread! I just hate that I can't remember seeing remarkable ambidextrous catcher Larry Haney play!

Aug. 8, 2017 - 10:43PM

This was a lot of fun to look at.  I tried to find a reason to dispute any of these, and I couldn't.  And as much as I like this classic stuff, it gave me a new-found appreciation of modern cards with action photography.

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