Since my earlier posts in this thread, I've seen or heard about from other TDPRI members, a few '60s Classic Teles. All had the raised/staggered polepieces.
I've also noticed that the MIM '69 Thinline reissues and MIM '72 Custom reissues in a store near me, and several ebay ads for bridge pickups from those models, all had a similar looking pickup.
So my theory is that the raised/staggered pole bridge pickup in the '60s Classic Tele is part number 005-3676-000, the same as Fender identifies as the bridge pickup in the MIM '69 Thinline reissue and the MIM '72 Custom reissue.
Guitar Parts Resource has a bridge pickup attributed to that part number, and a neck pickup 005-3678-000 on a page together here
identified as Classic series Fender pickups.
(I wish more dealers selling Fender branded pickups online would show the Fender part number in their listings like that!)
The one from that dealer and mine look enough alike from these pictures:
The '60s, '69 Thinline and '72 Custom are all in the Classic Series. The original Teles those are modeled after would have had raised/staggered pole pickups. Similar to the way Fender used the Classic neck 53678 and the Classic flatpole bridge 55216 for several guitars in the Classic Series, I'm guessing they developed a single raised/staggered pole pickup for the appropriate guitars in that series.
And I'm guessing they just made an error in their parts lists, that incorrectly shows the 55216 flatpole pickup being in the '60s Classic.
My '60s Classic bridge pickup shows around 6.4k ohms DC resistance:
Anyone here have a bridge pickup from a '69 Thinline reissue or a '72 Custom reissue, that you could look at and measure its DC resistance, to compare to mine?