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1997 SPx GOLD #13 Nomar Garciaparra Baseball card

Price = $ 11.95
NM/MINT

Beautiful scarcer STEEL Die-Cut parallel issue combining color action photo and holographic portrait !

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Q1: How long have sports cards been around ?

(part 1)
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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1951 Bowman Baseball

1951 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 ...
TOP STARS: Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, Duke Snider, Richie Ashburn & MORE !!!


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1970 Chemtoy Superballs

1970 Chemtoy Baseball SuperBalls
Chemtoy and MLB teamed up in 1970 to offer a set of major league baseball player 'superballs'. The 285 'superball' set has 12 from each team except Minn., Chicago and Oakland with 11 and is packed with HALL-OF-FAMERS !!! Each 'superball' has the player's photo inside and the player's name, team, position and Chemtoy inventory number on the back.
1970 Chemtoy Baseball SuperBalls One of the more interesting collectibles from the late 1960's, early 1970's is sought after by both Team and Player collectors.

For another similar interesting issue see the 1966-1968 Marbles.

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Autographed Gateway Cachets

Gateway Stamp Company calls itself the "ambassadors to the world" for authentic autographs from some of the world's most prominent sports and political figures. They have provided collectors with over 1 MILLION autographs over the last 29 years. Below is their story.

Silk Cachets from Gateway Stamp Company
Even though we are a "stamp company," we have seldom dealt in stamps, even though that was our original plan. Instead, you are being introduced to one of the world's most unique and best kept secrets in autograph collecting. Gateway has combined the very best in art, color photographs, history and personal autographs, resulting in fantastic full-color silk cachet envelopes, providing joyous memories and value to thousands of customers.

Gateway's vast list of clients began with Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock. Gateway created a set of envelopes postmarked in the city where he tied and broke Ty Cobb's all-time stolen base record, which was to be only a one-time idea. Gateway asked Lou to sign only 100 envelopes, but he countered our proposal with the offer to sign 2,500. When advertised in THE SPORTING NEWS, Gateway's full-color silk cachet envelopes postmarked August 29, 1977, in San Diego, CA, and personally AUTOGRAPHED by Lou Brock, became an immediate smash. Discovered quite by accident, the response to our first issue taught us that sports and autograph collectors around the United States were receptive to a new form of art, history and collectibility - the full-color silk cachet envelope.

WHAT ARE FULL-COLOR SILK CACHETS?
The dictionary defines "cachet" as a message or design on an envelope marking a postal event. In our case, "full-color silk" refers to the very delicate material into which the very finest in original art and photography are printed, bringing to life the whole purpose of the envelope. Once printed, each silk is applied BY HAND very carefully and lovingly. In essence, every cachet becomes a hand crafted work of art. Our artists are among the world's best portrayers of human likeness, combined with endless background imagination.

Most Gateway silks are actual game photographs. Being in the right place at the right time, Gateway has captured hundreds of record-breaking events and memorable moments, including no-hitters, historic swings of the bat, such as Pete Rose's all-time hit record, Reggie Jackson's 500th home run, and Kirk Gibson's climactic 1988 World Series homer. Full-color action photos preserve and deliver the real sense of history, along with the fluid writing skill of Gateway's editors.

WHY POSTMARKS?
The key to EVERY Gateway project is the postmark. As avid stamp collectors, we can tell anyone THE BEST WAY TO MARK A DATE IN HISTORY IS WITH A POSTMARK. In order to capture any date in history, our stamped envelopes MUST be in Postal Service hands by MIDNIGHT of the date involved, or we forever lose access to the all-important postmark. Required to reach a city's post office before midnight, some, especially no-hitters, we missed. Sometimes short notice has restricted our ability to acquire sufficient numbers of postmarks to satisfy every customer, resulting in true scarcities and some exciting auctions. Not only are postmarks the most official means of dating a Gateway envelope, the rules governing the granting of postmarks GUARANTEE that NO Gateway issue can EVER be reproduced, reprinted, or re-issued in any way.

WHAT ABOUT PRICES AND VALUES?
We introduce every new product at moderate introductory prices to enable our dedicated customers to afford not just ONE but EVERY Gateway envelope, thus creating a long and fabulous collection of personally autographed records of the last twenty years' most important sporting events. We love to see our $24.95 products eventually rise in value to hundreds of dollars IN THE HANDS OF OUR CUSTOMERS. Once an original issue of 500 - 1,500 sells out, we have NO CONTROL over the secondary market.

Once you look at our certified, dated, autographed collectible works of art you will begin to see how the Gateway collection has become not only one of the most enjoyable collections of autographed material, but one of the most valuable. Comparing autographed Gateways to autographed photos or other memorabilia is like comparing apples to oranges. The key to gauging the value of a Gateway envelope is first recognizing the now-famous Gateway "Gold Arch" logo with "Gs" on the inside. That logo guarantees the source and authenticity of every envelope. While most Gateways are unnumbered, this company can verify every stated edition size by Postal Service records. When it comes to the authenticity of our autographs, we have a long and trusted relationship with sports, political, and other celebrities that guarantees us access. It is Gateway's dedication to principle that has enabled us to expand that first Lou Brock edition into hundreds of all-time classic editions, including our association with THREE U.S. PRESIDENTS (GERALD FORD, JIMMY CARTER, AND GEORGE BUSH), as well as former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Purchasing any Gateway envelope automatically ensures your opportunity for tomorrow's history at original prices.


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