In the 80's Topps was experiementing with different concepts and card sizes. Probably to keep ahead of the new upstarts Fleer and Donruss.
Anyways here is a product, pre video games now, that was all about ruining the card. Packs came with 18 cards. 9 National League and 9 American League, I'm assuming 6 panels total and a stick of gum. You were suppose to separte the cards and put together a 9 person team and your opponent does the same. Put them in order there is a little box on the back from batting line up. Scratch off one circle per player until you get 3 outs. The middle card has a scoreboard on it too. Cards measure 5 1/4 inches x 3 1/4. There were 108 different players depicted, but 144 player card combinations.
Mr. Yount has 4 different combos.
Robin s always the top panel on all the variations. A complete set of panels is 144. It's a neat oddball collectiable that is still really cheap. I picked up a whole set of these for under 5 bucks a few years ago. What's amazing is the price variations on ebay. You can buy a pack for a buck, and some lots have 10 packs for 10 bucks, or a wrapper for 7 bucks?? mmmm someone needs to do some homework. According to the Standard Catalog of Baseball cards a complete set 108 cards is about 10 bucks with a wax box going for 15. The most valuable card is the Pete Rose worth about 2 bucks. Panels are worth more than individual cards and of course nonscratched. There are a lot of nice stars and semistars to be found in this cheap set and it's easy to find individual and panels unscratched all over ebay. So if you collect a player who was playing in 81 there is a good chance he's in here.
Until next time.