About a month ago I picked up what I thought was a 1965 Topps Wise Guy Button:
When it arrived I noticed it was much larger than a traditional Wise Guy, measuring 3 3/8" in diameter vs. the standard 2" for the issue. I also noticed the back was pretty chunky:
It's a two piece button, although the safety pin replaces the original clasp, which I found a likely scan of over at Terapeak:
I can't find any information on the larger pin. Like the 2 inch version it only has a small "JAPAN" printed on the rim. The late wrapper king John Neuner has a listing for the set from 1961 but I think that's wrong for the big button and he just whiffed on the 1965 set. Here's the 1965 issue from an old Legendary auction:
Friend o'the Archive Bill Christensen thinks the larger buttons came after the smaller ones due to the two piece back. I think it's possible as the small ones have an edge on the underside of the rolled rim that is very sharp and which is eliminated on the two piece design:
So just when did the larger version come out and how did Topps market it? My master list of Topps issues does not have anything on it resembling the larger pin I have not had any luck over at Net54 or looking through NS guides.