Are 1967 Topps baseball cards the most beautiful issue ever produced?

You don’t hear it so much these days, but that used to be a conversation collectors would dust off once or twice a year.

Easy to see why, too, since the 1967s feature gorgeous photography and a simple design that only enhances those great color shots.

Whether or not the ’67s really are the most visually striking cards ever is a matter of personal choice, but no one can deny the value the set maintains today thanks to some high-powered rookie cards, high-number scarcity, and — yes — their physical beauty.

Here, then, are the most valuable 1967 Topps baseball cards based on PSA 7 listings pulled from the PSA Sports Market Report Price Guide.

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1967 Topps Tom Seaver (#581)

1967 Topps Tom Seaver

Before Nolan Ryan broke every strikeout and no-hitter record you could imagine, and before he moved to the Texas Rangers and threatened to pitch forever, a different hurler ruled 1960s cardboard.

By the time Tom Seaver notched his 300th victory — for the Chicago White Sox — in 1985, we already knew he was one of the greatest pitchers of all-time. The milestone and the winding down of his legendary career just nudged our consciousness.

Seaver’s high-number rookie card, shared with Bill Denehy, had been popular in the hobby for years, but as The Franchise marched toward Cooperstown, the thing took off.

Climbing to three figures, it threatened to take over the top spot among 1960s rookies from the 1963 Topps Pete Rose for awhile.

Value: $2200-2400

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1967 Topps Rod Carew (#569)

1967 Topps Rod Carew

Even before the Seaver card shot through the stratosphere, the Rod Carew rookie card carried the 1967 Topps set.

The man who was a threat to hit .400 any season he took the field captured collectors’ imaginations like few others, and it didn’t hurt that his RC was also a high number.

Card mate Hank Allen didn’t do much to bump up the value, but Carew made it one of the first $50 cards from the 1960s before the boom took hold.

Value: $1000-1200

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1967 Topps Mickey Mantle (#150)

1967 Topps Mickey Mantle

Combine a smiling Mickey Mantle with a classic 1960s card design, and you have a recipe for solid value.

I mean, unless The Mick is just standing there against a pale green painted block wall.

OK … even if The Mick is just standing there against a pale green painted block wall.

Yeah, Mantle has always been gold, and this is a top-drawer card in graded NM condition.

Value: $1000-1100

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1967 Topps Brooks Robinson (#600)

1967 Topps Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson was already a Baltimore Orioles legend by the time his 1967 Topps card made its way to collectors, and the final 11 years or so of his career only cemented his Hall of Fame status.

Couple Robinson’s status as one of the greatest third basemen of all-time with a great looking card that’s hard to come by (relatively), and you have all the makings of a hefty price tag for a PSA 7 specimen.

Value: $500-600

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1967 Topps Willie Mays (#200)

1967 Topps Willie Mays

In 1967, Mays was just a couple of seasons removed from his peak, when he won the 1965 National League MVP award with the San Francisco Giants on the back of 52 home runs.

Mays didn’t have the late-career surge that propelled Aaron to new heights, but Willie remains one of the greatest and most popular players to ever lace up the spikes.

Value: $450-500

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1967 Topps Roberto Clemente (#400)

1967 Topps Roberto Clemente

Like other Clemente cards, this sharp looking 1967 Topps issue has only increased in popularity in the years since the Pirates legend’s untimely death before the 1973 season.

Even after the market tanked post-boom, Clemente remained solid, and today he’s more of a fan and collector favorite than ever.

Value: $325-350

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1967 Topps Hank Aaron (#250)

1967 Topps Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron was already a surefire Hall of Famer by the time his 1967 Topps card first greeted collectors from inside new wax packs that summer.

But he wasn’t yet the stone-cold legend who would one day break Babe Ruth‘s all-time home run record and finish as one of the top five or so position players of all-time.

This awesome card showing that classic Aaron batting follow-through has picked up steam in recent years.

Value: $320-350

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1967 Topps Pete Rose (#430)

1967 Topps Pete Rose

Pete Rose may never make it to the Hall of Fame, but he’ll always be a legend of the game.

And he’ll always have enough fans and supporters to keep his cards near the top of the heap.

This classic Charlie Hustle issue always turns hobby heads, even all these years later.

Value: $225-300

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1967 Topps Mike Shannon (#605)

1967 Topps Mike Shannon

Shannon was never really a superstar, and he never even made an All-Star team.

But he was a key part of two Cardinals World Series champions, in 1964 and 1967, and he finished seventh in National League MVP voting in 1968 for helping the Cards push to another N.L. pennant.

Mix all that with a key high-number card, and you have the recipe for a big price tag where you might not otherwise expect one.

Value: $200-250

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1967 Topps Carl Yastrzemski (#355)

1967 Topps Carl Yastrzemski

Yaz managed just 16 home runs and a so-so .278 batting average in 1966, the same summer National League import Frank Robinson stormed to the American League Triple Crown.

The Red Sox young star must have been taking notes, because he Yastrzemski broke out to hit .326 with 44 home runs and 121 RBI in 1967, nailing down his own Triple Crown and nabbing the only MVP award of his storied career.

This card, capturing Yaz at the end of his legendary swing, has become a hobby legend in its own right.

Value: $200-225

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1967 Topps Rocky Colavito (#580)

1967 Topps Rocky Colavito

Now, Colavito normally wouldn’t appear on a list like this … I mean, he was a big-time slugger and overall producer for the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers, but he’s a low-borderline Hall of Famer.

And, to this date, Rocky remains outside of Cooperstown.

But Colavito was a superstar, and the high-number scarcity of this card has had it near the top of the 1967 value list for decades.

Value: $175-225

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1967 Topps Red Sox Team (#604)

1967 Topps Red Sox Team

Another piece that wouldn’t normally appear on this type of list, but this team card has a couple of things going for it …

First, it was issued as the “Impossible Dream” Red Sox posted their first winning season since 1958 and came within a game of taking the 1967 World Series (against the St. Louis Cardinals).

Second, this is another high number affair.

All in all, this is a popular team card that sells for biggish bucks in PSA 7.

Value: $175-225

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1967 Topps Fence Busters – Willie Mays and Willie McCovey (#423)

1967 Topps Fence Busters - Willie Mays and Willie McCovey

Mays and McCovey combined for 73 home runs in 1966, which just so happens to match the total future Giant Barry Bonds reached in setting the all-time single-season record in 2001.

But in 1966, those were pretty hefty numbers, and no one knew what a PED was.

No doubt, McCovey and Mays were two of the biggest stars of the day, and Topps took full advantage of that fact with this stunner of a card. It’s still a hobby favorite today.

Value: $175-200

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1967 Topps Jim Bunning (#560)

1967 Topps Jim Bunning

In 1966, Bunning landed the ninth and final All-Star berth of his career, courtesy of a 19-16 record and sterling 2.41 ERA, not to mention a majors-leading 41 starts and five shutouts.

Even picked up a save!

Entering his age-35 season, Bunning looked like he had a shot at 300 wins. And, though he fell short, his star never dimmed in the eyes of hobbyists, and this great looking card remains strong all these years later.

Value: $125-150

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1967 Topps Maury Wills (#570)

1967 Topps Maury Wills

Sort of the same story here as with the John card, except Wills doesn’t have much of a Cooperstown case. (John may still get in … mark my words!)

Still, Maury was the game’s preeminent speedster before Lou Brock and Rickey Henderson changed the standards.

Plus … and this is a big plus … 1967 was the first year Topps was able to feature the 1962 NL MVP in their set, after years of miscues that may or may not have involved hard feelings.

And, it’s another high number.

The result is a card that has haunted collector want lists for decades, and a price tag landing him on lists like this one.

Value: $125-150

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1967 Topps Jim Shellenback and Ron Willis Rookie Card (#592)

1967 Topps Jim Shellenback and Ron Willis Rookie Card

Neither Shellenback nor Willis lasted long in the majors, though Willis did win a ring with the 1967 Cardinals despite getting shelled by the Red Sox in his only Fall Classic appearance.

Willis passed away at age 34 in 1977 of a brain tumor, which makes his baseball story a bittersweet tale and keeps his cards on collector wantlists.

This one is also a tough high number, all of which contributes to the relatively hefty price tag.

Value: $125-150

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1967 Topps Tommy John (#609)

1967 Topps Tommy John

Like a few others on this list, the historical importance of the 1967 Topps Tommy John card is likely lost on newer collectors.

Makes sense, too, considering that John is not in the Hall of Fame and that this is not his rookie card.

But as a short-printed high number of a guy who made surgical history and who seemed to be a Hall of Famer in the making for years, this one was right there with Carew and Colavito as one of the more expensive pasteboards of the 1960s for decades.

Value: $100-150

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