Phillies Oddballs: 1964 Topps Giant

Johnny Callison
Topps Giant

As a collector of the 1964 Phillies, I have admired this set for a long time.  The cards are big and bright and unlike a lot of sets from the era, they are surprisingly affordable.  There are three Phillies included: Johnny Callison, Jim Bunning and Tony Gonzalez.  These three truly represent the make-up of the entire set: Hall of Famers, Solid and Fringe stars of the 1960s.

Jim Bunning
Topps Giant

The oversized cards measure 3 1/8" x 5 1/4" and at first glance look like postcards.  The front features full-card color portraits of the players, while the back has a second (black/white) picture with a short player bio.  The 60-card set is full of stars from the day, including 18 Hall of Famers - including two great cards of Mickey Mantle and  Roberto Clemente.  I also think it is interesting to see established players like Jim Gentile (Kansas City Athletics) or Nellie Fox (Houston Colt .45s) in uniforms other than the ones they are generally known for wearing.

Tony Gonzalez
Topps Giant

Phillies Checklist:

#10 Jim Bunning
#14 Tony Gonzalez
#36 Johnny Callison