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1993 Finest REFRACTOR # 33 Frank Viola (Red Sox) Baseball card

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Q9: What are some of the terms used for card grading ?

Using a system of grading codes based on those established by price guides such as Beckett, Tuff Stuff, Sports Collector’s Digest, collectors can determine the approximate condition of items offered by interpreting the following grades. Grading is very subjective and there can also be grades in between the levels below.

MINT (MT) - while we rarely use this grade, occasionally it can be found for items that we appraise as appearing nearly perfect to the naked eye. With respect to cards, it would be defined as one with 50/50 centering all around, razor-sharp corners, a photo that is well-registered and completely focused, and no visible imperfections on card front or back.

NEAR MINT-MINT (NRMT/MT) - is qualified by at least 60/40 centering, only the slightest hint of corner wear upon close inspection, and may have a barely visible print spot, lack of intense color, or a slight focus imperfection.

NEAR MINT (NRMT) - card displays at least 70/30 centering, may have a visible slight touch of corner wear all around, and/or a few slightly visible print spots, a lack of intense color, or a slight focus imperfection.

EXCELLENT-MINT (EX/MINT) - centering equivalent to NRMT (70/30), but 2 or 3 corners display an obvious "fuzzy" quality. Essentially, a card that would have been deemed NRMT if not for the corner wear being more apparent. May have a barely visible print spot, a lack of intense color, or a slight focus imperfection.

EXCELLENT (EX) - all four corners show visible signs of wear, but are not rounded. Centering at least 80/20. May have a visible print spot, a lack of intense color, or a slight focus imperfection.

VERY GOOD (VG) - Corners are rounded and the card may have creases or wrinkles.

FAIR TO GOOD - in this grade, card has rounded corners and other major defects such as scuffing, pinholes, loss of gloss, multiple creases. In general, a markedly worn card and often used as a "filler" until a better one comes along.

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1969 Transogram Statues/Figurines & Cards

The 1969 Transogram Statues/Figurines set contains (60) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" blank back cards issued on the back of Transogram figurine boxes. The statues were sold in single boxes with one card and also a large box with 3 cards and figurines. Collectors absolutely love the complete boxes and even the cards themselves are becoming more and more difficult to find.

The 1969 Transogram Figurines and cards set is packed with Hall-of-Famers with the top cards belonging to Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Pete Rose and Hank Aaron

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1954 Bowman Baseball

Competition between Topps and Bowman was raging back in 1953 and 1954 and led to problems in both companies sets. In 1953 Topps had 6 cards that were never issued because those players had signed contracts with Bowman. In 1954 Topps got revenge by signing Ted Williams to an exclusive contract. Bowman had to pull Ted Williams (card #66) from their set shortly after they started printing. They replaced Ted Williams with Jimmy Piersall (who also was card #210). The short printing of Ted Williams' 1954 Bowman card makes it one of the 1950's scarcest and most sought-after searched cards.

1954 Bowman Wax Box Bowman, perhaps distracted by the competition with Topps, created a set filled with errors & variations. Nearly 20% (40 out of 224 cards) had some sort of variation, with some even having more than 2 !!!

The St. Louis Browns move to Baltimore after the '53 season also made things interesting for Bowman. When the 1954 cards were designed, Bowman's artists had no idea what an Orioles jersey would look like - so they made them up.

1954 Bowman Wax Pack Through the years companies would try out various card numbering schemes. The 1954 Bowman set was made up of 14 cards for each of 16 teams. Cards were numbered in a rotation with all the cards of a single team being 16 apart. Example: the Yankees were card #1,17,33,49...

TOP ROOKIES: Don Larsen,Harvey Kuenn,Frank Thomas TOP STARS: Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Whitey Ford, Phil Rizzuto ... Ted Williams was not considered part of a complete set.


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Top Vintage Baseball Card Auction Companies


There are more auction companies/houses than you can shake a stick at. Some offer inexpensive smaller groups and individual items while others offer massive groups with the average auction ticket price into the thousands.

  • www.Baseball-Cards.com (what, you thought I'd leave myself off my list?)
  • Huggins and Scott Auction House
  • Heritage Auctions
  • Lelands Sports Memorabilia and Card Auctions
  • Pristine Auctions
  • Clean Sweep Auctions
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1969-1970 Topps Basketball Cards
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The 1969-1970 Topps Basketball set was history making in both card size and player selection. What a line-up of stars starting with Rookie Cards of Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) & John Havlicek. Followed by star after star: Dave Bing, Earl Monroe, Don Nelson, Nate Thurmond, Bill Bradley, John Havlicek, Willis Reed, Wes Unseld, Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere, Connie Hawkins, Elvin Hayes, Billy Cunningham, Jerry Lucas ...

Affectionately called "Tall Boys", the 99-card set measured a huge 2-1/2 x 4-11/16 inches and were sold in 10-card packs at 10 cents/pack.

The cards came along with a brightly-colored "Ruler" insert. These delicate 2-1/2 x 9-7/8 collectibles were printed on very thin paper stock featuring a cartoon drawing alongside a ruler measuring his height. Originally intended for 24 inserts, #5 Bill Russell was never issued. There were "Rulers" for stars like John Havlicek, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West & Walt Frazier.
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