Rare three-card salesman sample advertising panel for the 1961 Topps series featuring cards #36 Kralick, 77 Stigman, and 82 Christopher on the front, as well as a sample card back of New York Yankees legend Roger Maris (card #2). Salesman sample panels were issued for use exactly as their name suggests: salesmen would carry them around to illustrate to prospective vendors what the upcoming Topps series would look like in the hope of promoting sales. The front of the panel appears just like regular issue cards while the reverse features a small advertising pitch about the new product and a sample card back (in this case Roger Maris). Complete salesman sample panels have always been extremely desirable and quite rare as they were obviously produced in very modest quantities due to their intended purpose of advertising only to vendors. The offered panel is bright and clean, entirely free of any creases or wrinkles, and displaying light, even wear to the corners. Clean reverse. Extremely attractive Topps advertising panel that of course would be at home in any Topps salesman sample panel collection or would serve as an ideal companion piece to any 1961 Topps collection. Dimensions: 7.5 x 3.5 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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