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Love Initials Topps - 1968 Love Initials AB&C Gum - 1970 Mod Initials (regular and test issues) Topps - 1972
Notes: The artwork for these sets was identical, painted by Norman Saunders. The 1968 and 1972 sets featured white-back peel-off stickers, while the 1970 U.K. AB&C stickers were slightly smaller tan-back stickers, but only 84 variations in the backgrounds to the initials have been reported. (This could mean that the U.K. set had extra prints for some items, or a few of the variations were absent or poorly distributed. For quite a few years, the other series were mistakenly tagged as 84-sticker sets too.) Thanks much to David Paul for the list(s), partly based on careful research by Ron Wilson! We think the years of issue are correct, though Topps Vault auction listings for acetate proof sets suggest 1967 for Love Initials and 1968 for Mod Initials.
Love Initials 1968: Wrapper serial 0-489-87-01-9. Mod Initials 1972: Wrapper serial 0-447-87-01-2 (regular and test issue) Item Background A Tree A Rainbow A Sun A Flowers (variation 1) A Flowers (variation 2) A Flowers (variation 3) B Mermaid B Flowers C Bird C Flowers D Mushroom/Birds D Flowers E Torches (variation 1) E Torches (variation 2) E Torches (variation 3) E Flowers (variation 1) E Flowers (variation 2) E Flowers (variation 3) F Seahorse F Flowers G Rainbow/Pot of Gold G Flowers H Long Haired Woman H Flowers I Candle (variation 1) I Candle (variation 2) I Flowers (variation 1) I Flowers (variation 2) J Rainbow & Clouds J Sunset & Ocean J Flowers K Doves/Hearts K Flowers L "Love" L Flowers M Butterfly M Flowers N Starfish/Seashells N Flowers O Clock O Clock (error card, pulled from distribution; "8" at "6" position on clock) O Flowers (variation 1) O Flowers (variation 2) P Peace P Flowers Q Stars/Planets Q Flowers R Long-Stem Flower R Flowers S Face S Flowers T Comet T Flowers U Rainbow/Bubbles (variation 1) U Rainbow/Bubbles (variation 2) U Flowers (variation 1) U Flowers (variation 2) V Volcano V Flowers W Sunglasses W Flowers X Eye X Flowers Y Water Pipe Y Flowers Z Stairs Z Flowers 1LH2 1LKR 5OVQ 5OW? 7EBZ 7EVQ A3DG A3IO AEIO AE$T FUDG FUH2 I4BZ I49N MCJ8 MCKR Są!& Są$T X6W? X6!& YPJ8 YP9N Searchwords: jahoc, yr1968, yr1970, yr1972, mfrTopps, catNovelty©2006 Jeff Allender. Comments, updates, & corrections are welcomed!