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Defining the Complete Collection of Houston Colt 45s Baseball Cards

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Each Standards Panel member is to review the two definitions provided here, make recommendations, and submit those to Glynn Ligon at:  or (address)

The two standards for you to review are:

  1.  Standard Definition of Traditional Trading and Collectable Baseball Cards of the 1960’s
  2.  Definition of the Complete Collection of Houston Colt 45s Baseball Cards


Standard Definitions

  1.  Traditional Trading and Collectable Baseball Cards of the 1960’s

In order to define what qualifies as a Houston Colt 45s baseball card, we must first define a baseball card.  Baseball cards have varied across eras, so the focus of this Standard Definition is on the 1960s when the Houston Colt 45s were in existence. 

A traditional trading and collectable baseball card of the 1960’s is defined as a card printed and mass distributed, sold commercially, with the expectation that it would be collected by baseball fans and traded among themselves to acquire desired singles or to assemble sets of cards with common characteristics, e.g., teams, seasons, rookies, stars, etc. 

Distinctive characteristics of a traditional trading baseball card are:

  • A thick paper  or card stock
  • Dimensions approximately 2.5” by 3.5”
  • Player(s) or team picture on the front (obverse) and description or statistics on the reverse (obverse), or blank reverse
  • Issue date concurrent with the season depicted of the player or team being portrayed
  • Distributed by a major company intending to compete in the commercial traditional trading baseball card market for an extended period of time (Only Tops & Fleer qualify)
  • Recognized and listed in a guide such as Krause's SCD Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards or Beckett’s Almanac

Non-exemplar characteristics of a traditional trading baseball card are:

  • A reprint issued at a later date, not a subsequent run within the same season
  • A card that requires the collector to cut or trim it from a larger paper, card, or box
  • An oversized card
  • A commemorative card issued at a date later than the season being depicted
  • Metal, wood, leather, or media other than paper card stock

____ I agree with the above standard without revision.  

____ I recommend the revisions below.  With these revisions, I agree with the standard above.

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  1.  Complete Collection of Houston Colt 45s Baseball Cards

Using the standard defined above, which of the following cards qualify to be included in the complete set?  Are there others?  See Attachment A for sample photographs of these cards.

  1. Topps Standard Single-Player Cards
    1. 1962 Season, 25 Cards ____YES  ____NO
    2. 1962 Season Topps  Green –Tint, 3 Cards1 ____YES  ____NO
    3.  1963 Season 24 Cards ____YES  ____NO
    4. 1964 Season, 23 Cards ____YES  ____NO
    5. 1965 Season (Colt 45s Caps), 4 Cards2 ____YES  ____NO
    6. Topps Multiple-Player Cards (Rookies, League Leader , and Team Cards)3
      1. 1962 Season Rookies, 1 Card ____YES  ____NO
      2. 1963 Season Rookies, 7 Cards ____YES  ____NO
      3. 1963 Season Strikeout Leaders, 1 Card ____YES  ____NO
      4. 1963 Team, 1 Card ____YES  ____NO
      5. 1964 Season Rookies, 3 Cards ____YES  ____NO
      6. 1965 Season Rookies (Colt 45s Caps), 1 Card4 ____YES  ____NO
      7. Fleer 1963 Standard Single Player Cards, 3 Cards  ____YES  ____NO
      8. Topps 1964 Stand-Ups, 4 Cards5 ____YES  ____NO
      9. Others: ________________________________________________________________________

1Although the green-tint cards are a variation on the standard blue-tint cards, they may be considered necessary individual cards to complete the set.  Green-tint cards are valued higher.

2Including the 1965 cards with players wearing  Colt 45s caps is an interesting choice.  The Topps cards show four players in white shirts and wearing their 45s caps.  The other Houston players in the Topps set that year are capless.    

3Multiple-player cards fall into two categories—those with players from several teams, and those with only Colt 45s players.  Clearly, the three 1964 Topps rookie cards, each with two Colt 45s rookie pitchers depicted, qualify for the standard definition.  The rookie and league leader cards with players from several teams, although not exclusively Colt 45s players, appear to qualify as well.

4The 1965 rookies wearing their Colt 45s caps are Joe Morgan and Sonny Jackson.  Could we leave Joe Morgan’s Colt 45s rookie card out of the complete collection?

5The stand-up cards are marginal for inclusion in the set.  They don’t have any printing on the reverse.  They are perforated for punching out the figures.  However, they were included in regular gum packages for collectors to find. 

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