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Old 04-11-2017, 09:02 AM
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Default 1971 Topps Winner - Steven M. Wilke

Last Friday night, I learned what it feels like to see Bigfoot.

I bought a bunch of 1972-1975 Topps baseball cards from a guy I used to work with. He had bought the cards in packs as a kid and has had them ever since. They were in 3 ring binders and as I was going through the cards, there was a 1971 Topps Winner - Steven M. Wilke.

Has anyone seen another example? I believe it is the only one now known.
Does anyone know if this could have come from a pack?

I'm very excited, and very confused as to how this card ended up in my possession.

I've emailed Mr. All Things Topps Dave Hornish and I think he is as perplexed as I am. Any light anyone can shed would be much appreciated. See attached scans.

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1971 Topps Winner Baseball Card Checklist





1971 Topps Winner Baseball Card
•CIRCA - 1972
•MANUFACTURER - Topps
•SIZE - 2 1/2" X 3 1/2"
•COMPLETE SET - 25 Cards
•PRICE GUIDE - $10.00
(each card)

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NOTES:

The 1971 Topps Winner baseball cards were part of a Topps Baseball Card Contest. To enter the contest you had to fill out an entry blank provided by the storekeeper. After filling out the entry blank with the information as seen on the back of the card (pictured above) Favorite teams, Players, Hobbies etc.. the form was to be mailed into Topps with a photo of your kid.

Twenty-five grand prize winners got their pictures on a "Real Baseball Card" and 1,000 contestants received a Full color Major League Card poster. The short print cards were inserted into a very limited number of 1972 baseball card packs. The 25 winners each received one sealed box of 1972 Topps baseball cards, with each wax pack having the winners card inserted into it. They also received 1,000 additional cards of themselves, to hand out to friends and family.

There are only 19 winner cards known of the 25 Grand Prize winners. The additional contest winners will be added to the checklist as they surface.





1971 Topps Winner Baseball Card Checklist


Mark D. Audia
April T, Bole
Lisa C. Bole
Patricia I. Cox
Allen G. Csuk Jr.
Philip T. Edgerly
Theresa D. Faulkner
Vernon Grover
Tim J. Harlan
Jeff Hooper


Darren K. Lazzari
Jeffrey M. Mihalik
Jerry R. Nachtrieb
Ricky E. Nobile
Brucette C. Rumenyak
Carl R. Scatena
Fred A. Sinopoli
Christine Ulicny
Steven M. Wilkie












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Old 04-11-2017, 09:09 AM
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Steven seems to be on the checklist here:

http://keymancollectibles.com/cards/...ll%20cards.htm
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I think the checklist is known to be a total of 19 cards. This is only because of an uncut sheet featuring the 19 examples that has recently surfaced. I don't know of anyone who has seen the Wilke, Scatena, Edgerly, or Cox cards in cut form.
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I think the checklist is known to be a total of 19 cards. This is only because of an uncut sheet featuring the 19 examples that has recently surfaced. I don't know of anyone who has seen the Wilke, Scatena, Edgerly, or Cox cards in cut form.
What he said. If you decide to sell Mr. Wilke, please keep me in mind.
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I think the checklist is known to be a total of 19 cards. This is only because of an uncut sheet featuring the 19 examples that has recently surfaced. I don't know of anyone who has seen the Wilke, Scatena, Edgerly, or Cox cards in cut form.
Oh, I see. Very interesting! Nice find!

Hmmmph, I'm surprised Al R. doesn't even have one.
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http://www.network54.com/Forum/526604/thread/1236989049

Thread with good links from the nonsports side.
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I think the fix was in with the both Bole sisters being winners.
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It would be interesting to know what became of all these kids. Has anyone ever done a "where are they now" type thing?
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i am surprised that dave hornish is confused. he has written quite completely on this topic as shown here: http://toppsarchives.blogspot.com/20...stinction.html
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Incredible find!
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Jim-- Dave like the rest of us is getting old and is more confused now

Trip-- agree with you, Topps Heritage should include an extended Then and Now subset next year
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What do these cards go for these days? Back in the day they would occasionally show up, usually a few at a time, but you never seem to see them anymore.
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It would be interesting to know what became of all these kids. Has anyone ever done a "where are they now" type thing?
Where are they now?
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Jim-- Dave like the rest of us is getting old and is more confused now.
True that. Although I suspect a few of the the packs got out into the wild. Winners are technically the only Topps baseball inserts from 1972!
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http://www.network54.com/Forum/526604/thread/1236989049

Thread with good links from the nonsports side.
Thank you for the link. That was an informative -- and rather, um, unique -- thread when the discussion morphed into the creepiness/pedophile nature of collecting such a subset.

Jeffrey Mihalik apparently blew out his back moments before the photos was taken?

I was not at all familiar with this subset until reading this thread.

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Just got a lot of 10 of these, which seems to be how they're typically found, in very nice condition. Probably going to put them up for auction soon. Let me know if you want to be updated!
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I am interested, how can I go about picking them up?
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Which 10?
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Just got a lot of 10 of these, which seems to be how they're typically found, in very nice condition. Probably going to put them up for auction soon. Let me know if you want to be updated!
Put me on the list for sure. Been looking for an example for a while.
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Cards are now up for auction here:

https://birminghamauctioneers.hibid.com/catalog/135635/lehighton-warehouse-auction-part-2/


Lots 141 - 150
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It would be interesting to know what became of all these kids. Has anyone ever done a "where are they now" type thing?
If I owned the cards I am auctioning I would seriously consider trying to track the people down and getting them autographed.
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Or a Topps Now and Then subset. Going for autos might qualify you as a stalker
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Those 9 were mine at one point. I won a lot of 10 in a Kevin Savage auction, kept a type and eventually auctioned the rest. I had four others I sold eventually as well.
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There are actually 10 for auction. Would be odd if they were yours as the consignor only had a vague idea of what they were, which would be odd if they were purchased "intentionally"
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There are actually 10 for auction. Would be odd if they were yours as the consignor only had a vague idea of what they were, which would be odd if they were purchased "intentionally"
May not be the same person. Were there ten? One must have snuck in... I had 14 of the 15 known (at the time). Now it would be 14/19...

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This auction soft closes 9pm Eastern Sunday July 8th. Lots close individually so no need to stay up all night. Also some vintage wax wrappers, Huge bulk lots of modern, a very old Hanna Batrite Bat and more. The sports stuff is scattered throughout the auction so dig around!

Also some killer Vintage Floor Display cases for your collectibles.

https://birminghamauctioneers.hibid....uction-part-2/
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If I owned the cards I am auctioning I would seriously consider trying to track the people down and getting them autographed.
I picked a few of the more unique names from the list of cards show and did a Facebook search. There is no doubt that the faces staring back at me were the same kids.....only allot older. It would be cool to have the cards autographed.
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I thought so too, and in this day and age it shouldn't be too hard to find them. Problem is they may want to keep it if they don't have any.

Anyway, this is your big chance to own them and find out!
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Will anyone in here claim to be the winner of any of these? There was also an April Bole and a Steve Wilke (neither of which had ever been offered for sale before to the best of my knowledge) on EBAY. Anyone claiming those?
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Where are the links?
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Will anyone in here claim to be the winner of any of these? There was also an April Bole and a Steve Wilke (neither of which had ever been offered for sale before to the best of my knowledge) on EBAY. Anyone claiming those?
When recent sales draw attention and show increased value, more always seem to surface. I was bidding on several as I need an type example for my collection. Sadly, I missed on all.

I bowed out when bidding broke 350 because I didn't want to exceed my set personal limit. I am now a bit bummed at my line of thinking because it may be a bit before one that I like comes back around.
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In addition to the 10 in Birmingham there were 3 different ones on eBay, the Bole girls and Wilke. I think April and Wilke went for $1200 + and $800 +

I have two of them and at these prices that may have to suffice.
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In addition to the 10 in Birmingham there were 3 different ones on eBay, the Bole girls and Wilke. I think April and Wilke went for $1200 + and $800 +

I have two of them and at these prices that may have to suffice.
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I have little self respect but just enough common sense. Maybe there will be a reprint set. Maybe Fogel will add them to the exhibit.
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Had no idea that these cards even existed. Interesting!
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$250 and $1261 for the Bole sisters. I am hoping to get one of these in that I stumbled upon it is of Mihalik I hope it shows up.



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