Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Copyright Line

I recently purchased a Baseball Cards magazine from December of 1987 for one of the three cards included in the publication but little did I know I would find inspiration from the rest of magazine's contents.

One feature, called 'New Stuff,' looked at changes to the 1987 Topps baseball stickers and how a number of collectors had noticed the "Made in Italy" legend was gone from the front and backs of the sticker packages, replaced by "Made in the U.S.A." The author then went on to say that "a Topps spokesman... would not even confirm that Panini had been printing Topps baseball stickers." That comment left me scrambling to my Dale Murphy binder to check the back of his Topps stickers. And there it was- as plain as the nose on my face: Made in Italy.


























To be honest, it was quite a humbling experience. After all these years I had never noticed those three small words. If the packs showed Made in the USA, then I don't know what happened, because it was clear that the 1987 stickers were Made in Italy. At least that's what the sticker backs show.




We didn't see this in 1981...





Nor 1982...







It did show up in 1983...














                                    
  

Nothing different in 1984...
















































Much larger than their previous years, 1985 was Made in Italy, too...








Things didn't change in 1986- larger stickers, still Made in Italy...










We already looked at the 1987 stickers, so moving onto the 1988 set, we see....



not only are the stickers from '88 on a thicker stock, but we also see it indicated that they were printed in the U.S.A.

3 comments:

  1. And now, the 2015 set is made in Italy once again, which is strange because Panini is more of a competitor to Topps

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    1. I haven't picked up any 2015's yet- so I hadn't seen that. Wow; I would have never guessed they'd have their competitor produce them!!

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  2. You may be aware of this, but you sometimes get in some of those repacks a few of the test issue that Topps did in 1987 in the US with hard backs on the stickers. They were testing out their process, apparently, for the next year to put the player card backs on them. That's when Topps dumped Panini and, then, Panini issued its own stickers in 1988 in the US anyway.

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