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1996 Select Certified MIRROR RED # 69 Jim Thome Baseball cardPrice = $ 44.95
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Like all collectibles, some sports cards increase in value and a few can become very valuable. Determining a card's value is based on a number of factors including the popularity of the player, the card's scarcity, it's condition, and demand among collectors. A card can be scarce but if there's no demand for it, it's value may not be to great.
Q: What are some of the ways to collect cards ? There are several different ways to collect cards. For example, you can try to collect all the cards in a given set. Or you can focus on cards of your favorite team or even just your favorite player.
Some people only collect Rookie cards while others only collect cards of Hall-of-Famers. Because of the high cost of vintage sports cards today a growingly popular way to collect sportscards is "Type Collecting".
"Type Collecting" is collecting just one of each "type" (or different issue) made. To keep costs down, on some of the scarcer more expensive issues you can simply add a less expensive "common" to your collection. While on more common or recent issues you can select your favorite player or a card from your favorite team.
No matter how you collect - the key is to have fun !
1951 Bowman Baseball1951 was Bowman's largest set to date, both in the card size and number of cards. Thanks to the several major rookies, led by Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, the 1951 Bowman set is by far Bowman's most valuable.
Bowman again used hand-painted color reproductions of actual photographs. The 1951 Bowman card fronts were very similar to the 1950 set, with several players 1951 Bowman cards look like larger versions of their 1950 card.
Cards #243-#324 are scarce high numbers. The rookie cards of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays are in this series making them very difficult to obtain.
TOP ROOKIES: Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Whitey Ford, Monte Irvin, Nellie Fox,
Joe Garagiola, Jackie Jensen, Jim Piersall ...
1963 Fleer BaseballIn 1960 & 1961 Fleer produced baseball card sets of old-timers like Ruth,Gehrig & Cobb, ... but kids weren't impressed. They wanted current stars. Fleer had to try something new ... COOKIES !!! In an attempt by Fleer to circumvent Topps exclusive rights to baseball cards, they issued their 1963 baseball cards with cherry flavored cookies instead of gum.
The 1963 Fleer baseball card issue was most likely intended to be a much larger set issued in multiple series but Topps sued Fleer after the first series was released stopping further production. Due to Topps deep pockets Fleer soon pulled the set from the market leaving this very popular set at just 66 cards plus an unnumbered checklist.
But what a 66 cards!!! The 1963 Fleer cards are attractive and feature an extremely high percentage of stars led by Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente & Sandy Koufax along with 2 very scare Short Prints: Joe Adcock and the checklist.
The most interesting card in this set is the Maury Wills Rookie card. Even though Wills started his major league career with the Dodgers way back in 1959 quickly becoming a superstar, his 1963 Fleer card is considered his rookie ! How is this possible ? Well, back in 1959, 1960 and 1961, Topps did not consider Wills worthy enough to have a baseball card.
As hobby lore has it: Wills was quite upset at this slight from Topps. After Wills won the 1962 N.L. MVP award, Topps quickly came a knocking but Wills said "NO THANKS!". From 1961 thru 1966, Wills prevented Topps from making his cards. Wills and Topps finally made up making his 1967 Topps high number short print his first Topps card and also his most expensive card. Adding interest to the Wills baseball card story, Post Cereal released a Maury Wills card in their 1961 set making that an earlier Maury Wills rookie. Wills was also pictured on a 1960 Topps card featuring the 1959 World Series. That card featured Luis Aparicio stealing 2nd base with Wills pictured trying to make the tag.
Much of the above is true but Wills has said there was no "feud" with Topps and that he simply had signed exclusive agreements with Fleer.
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Thru the years, Topps has tried some crazy products, often called "test issues".
Test issues were usually only distributed in limited areas and were somewhat difficult
to find. One of Topps most unusual were the 1970 and 1973 Topps Candy Lids;
little tubs of candy with player's photos on the bottom of their 1 7/8" lids.
The unnumbered lids were issued in 10 cent containers, 24 to a box.
Sealed tubs can still be found with asking prices in the $150 to $200 range.
Called "Baseball Stars Bubble Gum", the 1970 Topps Candy Lids set had 24 different
players, the 1973 Topps Candy Lids set had 55.
1967 Topps WHO AM I ?It's easy to see why the 1967 Topps "Who Am I? set is a favorite of both sports and non- sport collectors. The set's 44 cards feature mostly important figures from world history but what makes this set even more popular was the inclusion of 4 of baseball's most popular players: Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays (pictured above) !!!
The players picture on the front is covered with a scratch-off disguise with silly, exaggerated features like hair, moustaches, hats, noses... and a clue to help kids identify the famous person pictured. The backs contained additional clues and instructions to "Scratch off disguise on front to discover Who I Am. Use a coin or fingernail."
Cards with their scratch-off coating intact are worth many, many times cards with the coatings removed. For example, NM/MINT Mickey Mantle with the coating is in the $200-$400 range while a NM/MINT Mantle with the coating removed is closer to $50.
Cards came in wax packs with 24 packs per box and the set is packed with desirable cards: Shakespear, Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Einstein,
Queen Elizabeth, Joan of Arc, Julius Caesar, Columbus and Jackie Kennedy to name just a few.
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