1969 Topps Cards from the MLBPA Boycott of 1968

by Dave Sosidka - 323 cards (Last updated on Dec 26, 2022)

1. 1969 Topps #14 Al McBean

Like many cards in the 1969 set, Topps used capless photos typically used for traded players to account for expansion teams. It's fair to believe that this Al McBean shot on the same day as its 1968 counterpart.

5. 1969 Topps #17 Mike Marshall

See the above Al McBean comments. The placement of the head by the light stanchion is the giveaway.

9. 1969 Topps #21 Jose Santiago

This is the "before" to 1968's "after."



Mar 24, 2017 - 1:44PM

Nice observations here.  For me personally, I only stick with the initial player photo from the '68 Topps set, and skip any duplicate photos from the '69 set.  There were a lot of big names too which is unfortunate, and another one that comes to mind is Ernie Banks.   

Mar 24, 2017 - 2:04PM
Dave Sosidka

Thanks- I added the Banks.

Mar 24, 2017 - 3:01PM

You missed Lou Johnson; 1968 and 1969

Mar 24, 2017 - 3:45PM

Nice work. Hmmm, 1968 and 1969 are the next two sets I intended to complete after this year. Perhaps I can combine them, and save myself a great deal of money.

I'm not sure I completely buy every one of your assertions, but you're dead-on for about 65 or 66 of them.

Cool, sad, list.


Mar 24, 2017 - 4:20PM
Dave Sosidka

Johnson has been added.  Thanks.

Mar 24, 2017 - 8:58PM

This is fascinating. Thank you for explaining the reasons why there are so many duplicate or similar photos in this era. I had no idea the reason. 

Mar 24, 2017 - 9:37PM
Dave Sosidka
Mar 31, 2017 - 6:48AM
Steve Szluck

Tremendous job of research. I never realized so many were the same picture  or obviously the same photo session.

Apr 1, 2017 - 9:28AM

And to think that I blamed it all on budget cuts to the photography department. It all makes sense now.

Apr 3, 2017 - 8:30PM

So did Larry Haney throw left or right handed lol

Apr 7, 2017 - 11:11PM

For your consideration. The NY Mets wore the New York World's Fair patch only during the 1964 and 1965 seasons.

1969 Topps #649 Al Jackson, photo from 1964 or 1965.

1969 Topps #127 Kevin Collins, photo from 1965.

Apr 13, 2017 - 11:58AM

Wonderfully entertaining thread! I just hate that I can't remember seeing remarkable ambidextrous catcher Larry Haney play!

Aug 8, 2017 - 10:43PM

This was a lot of fun to look at.  I tried to find a reason to dispute any of these, and I couldn't.  And as much as I like this classic stuff, it gave me a new-found appreciation of modern cards with action photography.

May 1, 2019 - 10:45AM

Thorough article and informative, but very misleading. It implies that only the 1969 Topps set borrows from the 1968 Topps and earlier issues. One comment posted says the 1968 Topps used initial photos. Not entirely true. The boycott actually went into effect during the 1967 season. The 1968 Topps uses over 100 capless ballplayers or about 30 blacked out caps. Quite a bit was the boycott fully in effects preventing the updated A's for the later series and the Astros logo dispute. However, the 1968 Topps Wille Mays is a duplicate of his 1965 Topps card. The 1968 Topps cards of Gary Bell, and Jerry Adair who joined the Red Sox in June 1967 are shown with older photos (capless) and there are others. Only one 1968 Topps card in the later series was new: #584 Larry Shepard (he was a Pirates manager and not affected by the boycott. By the end of the 1968 season the boycott ended and in series four of 1969 Topps new photos began appearing finally showing the A's without the caps greened or blacked out and the four expansion teams and the updated Senators uniforms. Considering the boycott, the four expansion teams and the Astros logo dispute all working against them, I feel the 1969 Topps is a great effort against all those obstacles and is underrated. It has been described as having a clean look like 1967 Topps with the team name at the bottom, and since it used quite a few photos from 1967, it's a great way to have the look of that terrific set without it breaking the bank for you.

May 1, 2019 - 12:36PM
Dave Sosidka

Very misleading?

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:44PM

Mel Nelson #181:  photo is from 1962 at the latest.  Cardinals last wore dark blue caps in 1964.  Nelson started in the Cardinals system.  He played for them in 1960 and was sold to the Angels in October 1962.  He later played for Cardinals in 1968 and 1969 when they only wore red caps.

May 9, 2020 - 7:45AM

Bill White #588:  This pic was taken at Shea Stadium in 1965 wearing a red cap and #12.  When he returned to the Cardinals in 1969, he wore uniform #7.

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