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1993 Finest REFRACTOR #130 Andres Galarraga Baseball cardPrice = $ 95
RARE !!! The very first of the ULTRA-SCARCE, ULTRA-LIMITED EDITION insert cards with ONLY 241 MADE !!! Also the very first REFRACTOR !
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In hockey, there were a few sets issued in the 1910's and while O-Pee-Chee issued some sets in the 1930's, the real modern sets began in 1951 with the itroduction of Parkhurst's first set.
In racing, while cards go back as far as the early Indy car days of 1911, modern racing sets began in 1988 with the issues released by MAXX.
1969 Topps StampsFollowing stints as inserts in 1961 and 1962, stamps finally arrived with their own issue in 1969 ! A nickel for a 12-stamp strip plus a mini album !!!
The 1969 Topps Stamps set contained (240) 1x1-7/16 inch unnumbered stamps with player's photo and name,team & position inside a colored banner. The stamps were released in both horizontal (2 rows of 6) & vertical (2 columns of 6). 1969 Topps Stamps are often confused with Topps' 1974 issue. The 1974 Stamps have ovals rather than banners at bottom and came only in horizontal 12-stamp panels.
To store the stamps, Topps issued a set of 24 mini albums, one for each team. The booklets were the same size as a baseball card and held a complete 10-stamp team set. More fun for kids, the back cover had facsimile autographs of all the players in the team set. The design is nearly identical to the Topps 1969 football 4-in-1 stamp booklets.
The 1969 Topps Stamps set is packed with stars like Pete Rose and tons of Hall-of-Famers including MICKEY MANTLE, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente & many more !!!
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1974 Topps StampsThe 1974 Topps Stamps set contains (240) 1x1-1/2 inch stamps, 10 from each team. The unnumbered stamps show the player's photo with name, team & position inside a colored oval near the bottom. Issued in horizontal 12-stamp panels (2 rows of 6), the panels came in different combinations of rows so there are actually 24 different panels (w/288 stamps) in a complete 1974 Topps Stamps panel set.
So player collectors - your favorite may appear on 2 different panels !!!
This issue was cursed with production problems. Centering is horrible with most panels having little or no border on one side or the other. In addition, perforations on most panels were not in the proper place.
1974 Topps stamps are easily confused with 1969 Topps stamps. With a somewhat similar player selection, the major difference is 1974's oval vs 1969's banner at the bottom. Also 1969 stamps came in both vertical & horizontal panels.
To store the stamps, Topps supposedly issued a set of 24 albums, one for each team. Each album contained a complete 10-stamp team set. I say "supposedly" because I've never actually seen one in person and the very few I've seen online often state "test issue" when describing them. ??? But there was supposed to be one in each pack ??? Where are they ??? The 1969 albums, also 1 per pack, are all over the place. I'm guessing they may not have actually been released.
The set is packed with SuperStars including over 23 Hall-of-Famers
including greats Nolan Ryan, Hank Aaron,Johnny Bench, Ernie Banks,
Pete Rose, Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan, Willie Stargell,
Tom Seaver & more !!! Also making appearances are seldom seen ROOKIES
of Dave Winfield and Dave Parker.
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Vintage Baseball Wire Photos
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
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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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