The Topps Favorites — 1963 Edition

Whenever I hear anything related to 1963 Topps, the one player's card that immediately comes to mind is Pete Rose's rookie card. Do I have one? No, not yet. Do I want one? Yes, no doubt! Pete Rose's rookie card is the most expensive and sought after card of the 1963 Topps set. I personally prefer rookie cards to not feature other players like Nolan Ryan's 1968 RC does, but I sure like the floating heads on this one:

1963 Topps #537 Pete Rose RC
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Here are my other favorites in the set:

1963 Topps #540 Roberto Clemente
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One of the most respected players of all time, Roberto Clemente finished his 1972 season with exactly 3,000 hits. Tragically, he would never get another hit as he was killed in a plane crash during the off season while on a humanitarian mission.

1963 Topps #3 NL Home Run Leaders Aaron, Banks, Cepeda, Mays, Robinson
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This is one of my five favorite cards of the 1963 set. I can not remember a time throughout Topps baseball card history in which the card features this many Hall of Famers on one card.

1963 Topps #200 Mickey Mantle
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Since Mickey Mantle is one of my favorite players, it is no surprise that he is on my top five list. I do own this card and only need 27 more to complete my 1963 Topps set. The Mick once hit a baseball 565 feet in a game.

1963 Topps #210 Sandy Koufax
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Sandy Koufax was one of the most feared pitchers of his era. His 1963 Topps card is one of my favorite Koufax cards ever made.

Those are my five favorite 1963 Topps cards of all time. It was difficult to decide as I had to leave out Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. Are there others that you think I left out? If so, if like to hear from you!



1963 Topps #113 Don Landrum UER Photo is actually Ron Santo - NM *042-718
1963 Topps #113 Don Landrum UER Photo is actually Ron Santo - NM *042-718
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1963 TOPPS JERRY WALKER #413 (5.00)  NRMT/EXMT  TD2071
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1963 Topps #309 Jim Brewer - EX-MT *043-060
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1963 TOPPS JERRY ZIMMERMAN #186 (4.00)  NRMT/EXMT  TD2057
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1963 Topps #329 Lindy McDaniel - EX-MT *043-057
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1963 Topps #399 Dick Ellsworth - NM *042-721
1963 Topps #399 Dick Ellsworth - NM *042-721
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