1974 TOPPS DECKLE EDGE FELIX MILLAN
What the heck is a deckle?
Well, a “deckle” is a frame used when making paper by hand; by extension, a “deckle edge” is the rough, untrimmed edge that results from this process. Head to your local antiquarian book seller for a quick reference…
Topps was not seeking to educate the youth of America in the finer details of 18th century book production when it released this test set back in 1974. In fact, the wrappers for these cards– adorned with simple head shots of Tom Seaver and Reggie Jackson– read simply “Baseball Photos” with a hyphen-happy exclamatory subheading: “Super-Size! Super-Stars!”
The “Deckle Edge” appellation came later, presumably from collectors and catalogers for whom “1974 Topps Baseball Photos” was not a descriptive enough title.
The cards themselves were indeed larger than the standard-issue Topps sets of the day (“Super-Size!”), and the 72-card set did a good job of taking in all of your Ford-era favorites (“Super-S