PLEASE READ: There are many dealers who are now acknowledging Topps Vending issues. PSA has not yet and hopefully, Charlton soon will.
I have handled thousands of 1966 Topps hockey cards since I was old enough to open, play with, and sort them. I still have a great number of them and have noticed slightly different dimensions on some. There are simply too many out there not to be recognized as a variety as they are ALL FACTORY CUT. There should be three versions of the 1966 Topps hockey! Regular (bilingual pack issue -printed in Canada), US Test & Topps Vending.The 1966 Topps Vending, is not as significant a difference as Topp's 1975 Mini baseball test. It is, however, out there in numbers and a population report would be quite interesting. Given rarity and condition, similar to the'75 Topps baseball minis, I would anticipate a premium for the Vending issue!
What is consistent on all 1966 Topps hockey Vending issues is that their width. Are all FACTORY cut just slightly 0.1 cm less than the pack issue. This was to fit the vending machines.
(or until PSA gets them---and has not yet'connected the dots'). Some of the Vending issues have been cut shorter too, and are easier to recognize.Thus, there are two Vending versions out there, both with width's 0.1 cm less than pack issue. Since 1966 is my sentimental favorite year, I hope you collectors will find this information useful.
I will be listing some really nice 1966 Topps elsewhere, both varieties. Theoretically, I believe the Topps Vending ORR rookie should be far more rarer than the pack issue. This is only the 2nd I've ever seen! Card has been certified by PSA as authentic & unaltered.
Pack reference for #35 Bobby Orr RC. Only 3 graded higher than 8 by PSA. NoteThere are some NM 7's offered online in the 17,500-->25,000 range. This is one of the nicest factory-cut Bobby Orr rookies you will ever see.
The item "1966 67 Topps hockey 35 Bobby Orr RC Rookie vending Nmmt+" is in sale since Sunday, October 7, 2018. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Sports Trading Cards\Ice Hockey Cards".
The seller is "kirtben" and is located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. This item can be shipped worldwide.