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Q6: What are some additional useful to know baseball card collecting terms ?

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Error Card - essentially, a card with a wrong player photo, inaccurate bio, or any characteristic that separates it from correctivity. Baseball card history is rich with such mutations. Anything from the 1957 Topps "reversed negative" picturing Hank Aaron in his opposite batting stance, to the infamous 1983 Fleer Billy Ripken "obscenity" card which depicted a not-so-politically correct 4-letter word at the end of his bat handle.

Extended Set - Also frequently called Update Set or Traded Set.
defined as a set issued after a company’s original release to "update" the regular set and include players traded to another team and shown in their current uniform, or rookie cards of players featured in a single-photo.

Facsimile Autograph - a simulated autograph printed on a card designed to show what the player’s actual signature looks like. These are NOT the player’s "real" autograph.

Factory Set - a complete set in a special box and wrapped with a protective covering produced by the manufacturer, usually with a unique seal and sold directly to dealers or card shop owners and not available through the usual retail outlets.

Grade - the physical condition assigned to a card, either by a price guide, or through the assessment made by sellers.

Graded Card - a card which has been assessed for condition by an independent source and given a ranking, with 10 being the best. The card is then placed in a hermetically-sealed plastic holder with the grade designation and player name, card company, card number, and serial number printed on the encasement.

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1968 Topps Action All-Star Stickers
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Another one of my favorite Topps test issues !!!   In 1968, trying to catch the fancy of young collectors, Topps produced a set of "Baseball Action Stickers", often called "Action All-Stars Stickers". It was a big year for Topps test/oddball issues. Topps 1968 offerings also included Game cards, Player Posters, 3-D cards, Plaks, Discs and Punchouts.

The Topps 1968 "Baseball Action Stickers" set consists of 16 numbered 3-part vertical sticker panel strips containing individually removable, die-cut stickers; loaded with stars like Mantle, Mays, Aaron, Clemente, Seaver (2nd year), Yastrzemski ... While there are (16) different three-panel stickers in the set, only 12 contain totally different panels. Stickers #13 thru #16 mix and matched previously used panels making 36 different panels, not 48.

Each strip (15 3/4" tall and 3 1/4" wide) was made up of three 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch panels, perforated at the joints for separation. Each three-panel strip featured a large image of a star player in the center panel, with smaller pictures of three players on the top and bottom panels. Facsimile autographs accompanied the large sticker and some, but not all of the smaller stickers. The manila-colored, peel-able back is blank-backed. The full strip was folded along the 2 perforations and inserted into it's pack.

Sold in 1-sticker packs in 1968 with 12 packs per box; at ten cents a pack, sets could be put together for just $1.60. Today, if you could find them, a mid four figures or more would be needed to build a set. Today a complete 3-panel sticker with Mantle in the center commands up to $2,000 alone.

Complete strips with the 3-panels still attached are so scarce and fragile AND EXPENSIVE that collectors usually collect individual panels and the grading companies including PSA grade the individual panels. The single panels themselves are quite scarce and in the 23 years PSA has been around they have graded just over 200 of them TOTAL. That's less than 9 per year !!! The pop report is on the average of only 4 to 5 of each individual panel !!! To put that into perspective, PSA has graded 1,132 1952 Topps Mickey Mantles !!! Collectors who understand the concept of supply and demand know how cool these are and if you pass them by, it might be awhile before they pass by again.

Proofs without the perforations have shown up over the years, usually from the Topps vault sale. Note - this proof sheet is missing the facsimile autographs.

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1959 Topps Baseball Cards
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As with all the other baseball card sets Topps produced in the 1950's, there were several firsts, some finales, and some continuing touches added to the set composition. As the end of the 1950's approached, Topps had not only solidified their monopoly but also was continually making adjustments based on feedback received from the children of that era. One feedback which may or may not have been asked for was putting a very small photo in a circle in the center of the card. That circular photo made for the smallest photo used as the main pose in any of the Topps sets issued since 1952. In fact, the smaller photo must have been so popular that photos of that size as the main photo were never that small again on a Topps card. However, there were also many firsts involved with this set including what developed to be the mostly standard card production decrease from the earliest series through the final series - with the final series being significantly more difficult then the earliest series. Yes, while the first series is slightly more difficult then all the other series until the final series, the basic pattern of Topps production and release schedule was begun in 1959. In addition, the 1959 set again stretched what many of the kid collectors of the time believed the set composition size should be. Adding nearly 100 cards to the previous year's high, gave Topps baseball a total of 572, which was the biggest set produced in the 1950's. While there were some quirks along the way, once again the primary focus turned out to be on the players. However, for the first time since 1954, there would be no Ted Williams in the set. The kids who collected and were used to seeing a Ted Williams card among the first five cards were probably shocked to see a Ford Frick commissioner card leading off the set. However, that aberration was made up by having both Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays cards included in the first series to get the year off to a flying start. This would be the final time both Mantle and Mays would have their base card issued in the first series. The player selection again proved to be strong with the added fill-up of "prospect" cards added for the second series. Since hope always springs eternal for baseball fans, what better way for fans early in the card collecting year to see what the future would be but by including cards of the teams leading prospects in a grouping. This concept of "prospect" cards is something Topps continues to popularize to this day; however the key release for unproven players is now part of the Bowman line. The biggest names in that series were Bob Allison, Johnny Callison, Ron Fairly, and Deron Johnson. While all nine players with careers that lasted into the 1970's, none of these players ever developed into the stars the fans had hoped for. The key rookie cards in this set ended up being George "Sparky" Anderson and future Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, who is featured in the high numbered series. For many years back in the day, smart dealers purchased the "Sparky" Anderson rookie as a common by hoping other dealers did not know his real name. Something else that is interesting about Sparky is he holds the major league record for most games played in a season of any player who had only one season in the majors. Other rookie cards in the high-numbered series include stars as Norm Cash, Mike Cuellar and Jim Perry. All three of those players would continue to be stars into the 1970's, and all won major awards or major league leading titles during their career. The last series (507-572) not only is the most difficult series, but also features the all-star subset of many of the game's greats, including Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. With the cards being standard-size and the borders being white, there is the opportunity to acquire cards in the highest of grades. In addition, there is a growing amount of cards in the mint 9 (sans qualifiers) or gem mint 10 grades. The card with the most graded in those very high conditions is that of Don Drysdale, card #387 - with more than 70 cards achieving these high grades, with less than 1,750 cards submitted. With the hobby discovering more and more high graded examples, this proves the old adage that a large number of unopened packs have been found recently and still exist, with most being in the mid-series - where you can find the Drysdale card. Many of the first series are especially difficult to find in strong shape. So, with the largest set of the 1950's Topps was positioning themselves for their 1960's set pattern which would continue through the early 1970's.
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