Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Birth Of The Modern

So I'm sitting here, chugging along on my upcoming tome (The Modern Hobby Guide to Topps Chewing Gum: 1938-56) and realize I haven't posted much here this year. Well, I can;t promise a long post to rectify this but I can promise an interesting one.

Friend o'the Archive Ken Meyer has sent along some scans of vintage Topps material and the one that really caught my eye was this one from 1952:

Yes, the new big size would indeed be all the rage!  And 24 packs of series one cards?  Nice....

I have to admit that while I love the really graphic box tops that started coming out shortly after this, there's something about this one I dig.  Perhaps it's the breathless prose or the newness of it all.  I dunno.

For those of you that have been following my hints, I have a rather massive publication on the early days of Topps that will be out soon.  There will be two versions if things go right: a free download (in color) and a black and white print-on-demand book for those that want a printed and bound version.  The latter will probably have less illustrations than the free download but they will be posted in a web album instead.

Timing is still a little hard to predict but February looks about right.  Watch this space!

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