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I have been enjoying myself designing hypothetical Topps Test issue wrappers. (If you haven't been paying attention you can see them here: https://forum.vintagenonsports.com/post/topps-test-issue-concept-wrappers-for-sale-10473349?pid=1311386742 )

Well, Bill M. saw them and asked me this:

"You know, it could be that there are some undiscovered Donruss or Fleer wrappers out there, waiting for you to do them . . . ."


To which I responded:

"I didn't think either of those did 'test' issues. Besides, I'm trying to design good looking wrappers! HA HA!!"

Well, this made me think of a Marvel Comic series I used to read that was introduced in 1977 called "What If?" where they posed some question and proceeded to illustrate the comic and answer it, like this:
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So I took Bill's suggestion to heart and decided to answer the question "What if Donruss did Topps Test style card wrappers in the 1960's instead of Topps?"

(Donruss, who did series like "Freddie and the Dreamers" in the 1960's - http://www.non-sport.com/images/web/16126.jpg )

So, here you go Bill! Here is what "Dave Clark 5" would probably have looked like if done by Donruss...
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Here is what "I Dream of Jeannie" would probably have looked like if done by Donruss... 
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Here is what "Green Acres" would probably have looked like if done by Donruss...

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Here is what "F-Troop" would probably have looked like if done by Donruss...

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OK, I guess now we know why I have not done any Donruss "Test" Issue wrappers!


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What would Donruss "test" bubble gum be like?  They'd probably just slip a piece of pink cardboard into the pack.  (none of that 1970s-1980s gum was any good, but Topps was better than Donruss.)
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Bill, I think you are right! Since the gum was like cardboard, I wonder if any have been graded yet?
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I loved the ‘70’s Donruss gum. It had that dusting of sweet white sugar powder on each stick.
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5 cents on a pack of cards and one cent on the bazooka gum is the way to go...
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Todd--as a kid, these would have really captivated me. I hope you know that I'm joking.
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Well, there would be no confusion about what cards you are buying ... unless, of course, you couldn't read.  Those may not make it into the Riley binder.  - Jack J.
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Jack,
Those aren't making it into my Riley binder either!

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OK, I had another "What If" moment.

"What if Topps never stopped doing test issues and test wrappers?"

Imagine what could have been done!

Maybe something like this 1981 series....

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Some more from that set...

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Or how about this 1999 classic!

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A few more from that set...
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OK, I'm done playing!


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Todd: When will the Mad Max 2 sets be ready. Sign me up for two. Any autographs in that set?
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Joe,
Right now the only autographs are Mel Gibson and the dog.

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I thought of one more "what if?".

What if Topps, for their regular issues that only came in cello packs, did test wrappers originally?

like this classic....

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also interested in MM and Matrix.........

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