BABE WAXPAK/SPORTS COLLECTIBLES: Dodgers yearbooks aren't rarity
June 09, 2013 2:00 AM

Dear Babe: I have eight Los Angeles Dodgers yearbooks from 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970 and 1971. The eight are in perfect condition.

— Kathleen Murray, Grand Terrace, Calif.

It appears that these are too modern to have a lot of value.

Even though the Dodgers were World Series winners in 1963 and 1965, it appears that over-production and Internet sales have combined to drive down values for these yearbooks.

“The Dodgers overproduced their yearbooks and thus they have a value of $15-$30,” said Phil Regli of www., a longtime magazine dealer. “The 1960 and 1962 programs are worth $30 (each), and the rest would be $15 (each) in value.”

It took the Brooklyn Dodgers six decades to win their one and only World Series, but the team fared much better after its move to Los Angeles in 1958.

The Dodgers won it all in 1959 and then, as mentioned, with Walt Alston still at the helm, won titles in 1963 and 1965.

The key to the Dodgers’ success in the 1960s was the dynamic duo of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. In the two Series wins, Koufax was 4-1 and Drysdale 2-0.

Koufax pitched both clinchers, including a 2-0 whitewash of the Minnesota Twins in Game 7 in 1965 on just two days’ rest.

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Dear Babe: I have some small cards but don’t know if they are real or reproductions. I’m sending a picture of the Honus Wagner card — front and back. There is no number on it.

— Terry Swanson, Redding Calif.


Unfortunately, you’ve got a reprint from the late 1970s or early 1980s. An authentic card would have a tobacco brand on the back and not verbiage of the value. These reprints really have no value.

The back says it’s worth $35,000. Hard to believe that would be a huge bargain for a baseball card, but it would be for Wagner’s T206 tobacco card that just sold for a record $2.1 million.

More than likely the other is of Eddie Plank — another rare card from the T206 issue.

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The 2013 Topps Museum Collection baseball is out, a high-end product, featuring four mini-boxes per hobby box with one On-Card Autograph, an autographed relic card, a jumbo relic card and a quad relic card. Also, there are bat nameplate relics, triple autographed cards, an archival autograph parallel and framed, over-sized box top loaders.

The base set consists of 100 cards of current players and all-time greats, including Babe Ruth. All 100 cards have four parallel versions: red parallel 1 of 1, blue numbered to 99, green numbered to 199 and copper parallel.

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