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Q1: How long have sports cards been around ?

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The first baseball trading cards date back to 1869. For many years, baseball cards were packaged in packs of tobacco as a way to increase sales the same way that today prizes are packaged in boxes of cereal. In the 1920's and 1930's, candy and gum companies started packaging baseball cards in their products as well.

Baseball card production was virtually halted in the early 1940's due to paper shortages created by World War II. The "Modern Era" of baseball cards began in 1948 when Bowman Gum Inc. offered one card and one piece of gum in a pack for a penny.

The first important football set was the Mayo set featuring college players in 1984. Other than the 1935 National Chicle set no other key football set was issued until 1948 when noth Bowman and Leaf produced sets.

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1956 Topps Pins

In addition to their regular issue 1956 Topps baseball card set, which in my opinion, was Topps' nicest regular issue set, Topps released a special pin set. This was the first pins ever issued by Topps.

Few issues can compare to the 1956 Topps Pins set. The colorful and attractive 1-1/8" diameter pins, just like baseball cards from the era, were packaged with bubble gum. The pins featured a full color photo of the player with a pin clasp on the reverse. Interestingly, some images for the pin set are the same as those on the regular 1956 Topps cards. Even if you don't want to collect the set, if you collect 1956 Topps cards than YOU MUST add at least one 1956 Topps Pin to your collection.

The 1956 Topps Pins set features most of the eras Hall-of-Famers including Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Duke Snider, Al Kaline, Yogi Berra, Eddie Mathews and also includes some super tough scarcities such as Chuck Stobbs, Hector Lopez and Chuck Diering. There is not firm opinion as to which of the 3 scarce short prints are the toughest to find.

In the end, collectors in the day preferred their cards to pins and Topps cut back the 1956 Topps Pin set issue from a planned 90 pins to just 60.


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1954 Quaker Oats Sports Oddities
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1954 Quaker Oats Sports Oddities Complete Set (27). When originally issued, cards appeared in boxes of Quaker Oats "Puffed Wheat and Rice" or youngsters could buy a complete 27-card through the mail. This pack which does offer a complete set of cards seems to have never witnessed public distribution. Highlights of this set are: #'s 7 Stagg, 10 Blackhawks, 19 Halas, 23 Harlem Globe Trotters, 25 Texas/Northwestern, 26 Nagurski and 27 Yankees Stadium. Grades EX/MT NM with a couple slightly Inserted into boxes of Quaker Puffed Rice Cereal were 2-1/4”x 3-1/2” cards with rounded corners that commemorated strange moments in sports history. The 27-card set features one portrait and one action illustration of the athlete and “oddity.” This multi-sport set was also offered as a complete set for fifteen cents and two box tops from Quaker Puffed Wheat or Quaker Rice. ix-plus decades of seasoning. An eye-catching design. A strong variety of featured athletes and feats. How about a charming quirkiness? Not to mention a relatively affordable price tag. 54QuakerHalasA sports card issue with at least one of those elements is bound to attract its lot of collectors. Few sets, however, include all of those pieces, but the 1954 Quaker Oats Sports Oddities offering does blend them together and the collection certainly has its fans. With the No. 8 Current Finest ranking on the PSA Set Registry for the issue, Pete Lee is a big fan of the smaller grouping that collectors first found tucked in boxes as a bonus for consumers of Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice cereal. Lee collects both sport and non-sport sets and he enjoys the 1954 Quaker Oats issue’s 54QuakerOatsunopenedcellopacknumber1onfronthand-painted images, its non-sport look and vibe and that it shows “a more personal side to sports than just the stats,” he said. “I like the oddities, I like Ripley’s Believe it or Not type things. That’s what this set is about for me. It’s about the oddball side of sports.” Oh, is it ever. The issue starts by highlighting Big Ten halfback Johnny Miller, who, in a high school game, was about to punt a football when a defensive lineman burst through the line attempting to block the kick. Miller faked the punt for a split second and that move made the defender jump in spread eagle fashion. “Miller then stepped back and coolly kicked the ball between the legs of his astonished foe. The kick went sixty yards,” the summary said. As the text on every one of the 27 cards in the set ends: “It’s Odd but True!” It’s unclear who did the artwork for these rounded cornered collectibles, but sports columnist Jimmy Evans apparently penned all the card back write ups. The cards tend to spotlight mostly unfamiliar names and events at this point, and maybe they were not well known at the time, either, but a few still register a blip or more in sports fans’ hearts and minds. Even so, the stories are the stars of the set, which was the goal. First buying Quaker Oats cards raw about five years ago and then turning to eBay to purchase graded examples, Lee has a few favorites in the set that mix the “for sure” with the obscure. 54QuakerNagurski front“I like the Bronko Nagurski card (No. 26),” he said of the football Hall of Famer who is described on his pasteboard as the “toughest football player of them all” and how in one pro game he “knocked out three men on three consecutive plays!” “I also really like The Harlem Globetotters card (No. 23) because I used to see the Globetrotters as a boy,” the Northern California-based hobbyist noted. Another top choice is Carl Stockholm (No. 17). “It talks about how Stockholm was wounded in World War I and then became a great bicycle racer,” Lee said. “I liked his ability to overcome adversity.” Girl power 54QuakerRosenbomAlthough it might fall way short of overcoming adversity, but challenging nonetheless, Lee said cards of Joyce Rosenbom (No. 20), a hard-throwing baseball and softball player, as well as the set-ender of Yankee Stadium, noting how no one has hit a baseball out of the ballpark, were two of the toughest cards for him to find in the issue. In addition to Rosenbom, three other women have their own card in the set, perhaps the strangest story coming via Catherine Fellmeth (No. 8). While bowling in a tournament, and trying to pick up a spare with three pins left, Fellmeth rolled her ball down the alley, got the spare, but one of her pins flew into an adjoining alley and knocked down the two pins the other bowler was looking to get a spare with. The ’54 Sports Oddities cards show up at modest levels on eBay, both raw and graded. When it comes to PSA Population numbers, all of the issue’s cards have at least 50 to 60 samples on average, with usually double digits for all in the high-grade range (PSA 9 or 10). The cards of Nagurski and George Halas (No. 19), another NFL legend, show up the most, with 75-80 examples of each; the slots filled by the four ladies, meantime, are on the lowest end of the availability scale, but not scarce. Refreshingly wallet-friendly 54QuakerYankeeStadiumPrices on higher condition Sports Oddities generally fall in the more affordable range compared to the era’s regular issue cards. With a little patience, raw commons can be found for just a few dollars each, while graded cards are more hit or miss in the bargain department. That said, a handful of various PSA 10s recently sold in the $40 to $50 apiece area, including a Halas for $44. Lee said the popularity of the ’54 Quaker Oats offering remains limited, in part, due to its low hobby profile. The collector added that since the set embraces more of a non-sport mentality it will never generate the interest, on average, as a more mainstream issue. Yet, down the road a decade or more, Lee sees the set’s “fringe popularity” continuing to resonate with a certain type of collector, one “who likes both sports and non-sports issues and can appreciate the crossover.”
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UPI/AP Wirephotos

wirephotos vintage machine UPI/AP old UPI wirephotos old AP wirephotos Official authentic vintage UPI/AP Wirephotos/Laserphotos are very limited with usually only 1 sent to each major newspaper. Transmitted electronically by the UPI/AP only to subscribing newspapers for possible use in their sports sections, the photos were printed in black & white on electro-static printers and are far from the quality of photos we have become accustomed to.

The photos were usually transmitted in 3 stages, CYAN, MAGENTA & YELLOW , which the newspaper, if they wanted, could then combine into a color photograph for their issue. Condition of most photos ranges from EX to NEAR MINT. As a bonus, some photos have the blue-line cropping marks made by editors prior to their appearing in the paper.

Scarce, interesting and a snapshot of history, most wire photos are of major subjects and moments in history and make great collectibles for player and team collectors ! Wirephotos and laserphotos are no longer transmitted in this manner (I believe they stopped in the early 1990's). Images are now transmitted directly from computer to computer with no need for an actual hardcopy photo to be produced.

Images of nearly all wirephotos are available. To save space and time, most were produced with a low resolution digital camera. The resulting images do not do the wirephotos justice. The wirephotos are much nicer than they appear in the images.

These are from the archives of the San Diego Union Tribune and will make a nice addition to your collection.

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