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1980 Topps Uncut Sheet With Unissued Billy Martin Yankee Manager Card
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $406.00
1980 Topps uncut proof sheet of sixty-six cards with blank backs includes an unissued Yankees team card featuring Billy Martin as manager. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, as many Yankee fans will remember, whether or not Billy Martin was manager practically depended on what day of the week it was. This was not easy for Topps. The production of Topps baseball card sets in this era began late during the previous year. We suspect that during these years no one at Topps really wanted to be responsible for laying out the design of the Yankees team card, for obvious reasons. The Yankees team card on this 1980 Topps proof sheet features Billy Martin as the manager. Martin returned to the Yankee helm in July 1979, only to be fired again in October after punching out a marshmallow salesman. Dick Howser was immediately named the manager of the Yankees for the 1980 season, and his picture actually appears in the upper right corner of the issued card. This blank-backed proof sheet features a very unusual assortment of cards, almost all special cards, including eighteen team cards, fourteen "future stars" cards, seven league leaders cards, three checklists, and six "1979 Season Highlights" cards (with many stars such as Rose, Brock, Schmidt, Ryan, and McCovey; two of these cards, for some reason, have no caption at bottom). Only nine cards are standard run-of-the-mill 1980 Topps player cards. This is a true proof sheet with a blank back and sixty-six cards, as opposed to the 132-card production sheets. The sheet has color bars along the top with printing codes in margin ("Side B, Board #12"). Three cards have very minor printer proofing notations. The sheet is otherwise in Ex-Mt condition. Dimensions: 29 x 23 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $406.00
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