Upon release, the 664-card 1969 Topps Baseball checklist was the largest in the history of the sport. Although the sheer quantity is enough to make it stand out, 1969 Topps' strong popularity is due to the many Hall of Fame names in the checklist, including Nolan Ryan's first single-player Topps card. Very similar in overall design to the set from the previous year, 1969 Topps Baseball replaces the speckled border area with a traditional white. The design is not amazing, but features a much better look than 1968. The rounded border remains from the previous year. The team nickname is noted in block letters at the bottom of the card and a colored circle at the top of the card includes the player's name and position. As had been done previously, specific color combos were each used for a pair of teams. For example, the base cards for the Montreal Expos and Kansas City Royals, two of the newest MLB expansion teams, feature black print on a pink background. The other two new teams, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Pilots, showcase yellow print on a brown background. Topps Baseball backs return to the horizontal layout and feature a peach/pinkish background. Most cards also contain a short paragraph and cartoon. Again documenting season-by-season stats for each player, the more limited card length due to the layout means that some cards have a very tight fit. In instances of seasoned players, like Mantle above, the cartoon is removed. Largely similar through much of the era, 1969 Topps Baseball features several subsets. Starting things off, League Leaders (#1-12) note the top performers from the previous season. World Series Highlights (#162-169) cover the title matchup between the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. The Sporting News All-Stars (#416-435) are also found in '69 Topps and backs combine to form two photos, including Pete Rose and Carl Yastrzemski. While checklists are also available, collectors won't find team cards in the final flagship release of the 1960s.