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NOLAN RYAN - 2003 Upper Deck 'Magical Performances' #MP18 Wood Plaque
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AWESOME !!! Not really a game-used card but it's so neat we put it in this category! Card has an embedded engraved mini wooden plaque!
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Official authentic vintage UPI/AP Wirephotos/Laserphotos are very limited, normally only 1 sent to subscribing newspapers. Photos were black & white printed on electro-static printers, usually sent in 3 stages, Cyan, Magenta & Yellow, then combined into a color photograph. Photos are work products and VG to NEAR MINT. As a bonus, some have editor's blue-line cropping marks.

Scarce, interesting and snapshots of history, wire photos of major subjects and moments make for great collectibles. Wirephotos and laserphotos are no longer transmitted in this manner (stopping around the early 90's). Images are now transmitted from computer to computer with no need for hardcopies.
old UPI wirephotos old AP wirephotos Wirephotos images taken with low res camera so images do not do then justice. The wirephotos are nicer than in the image. Most wirephotos from San Diego Union Tribune archives and make nice additions to your collection.

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Vintage Topps 1956 Baseball Cards
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1956 Topps Wax Box 1956 Topps Wax Pack 1956 Topps were again slightly larger (3-3/4" by 2 5/8") horizontal cards similar to 1955 Topps cards, some even sharing portraits with 1954 and 1955 Topps cards. Team cards & checklists appeared for the first time in 1956.

With Bowman gone, after missing the last 3 years, Mickey Mantle was back !!! A fun & simple set, 1956 Topps had no high numbers or expensive rookies but for serious 1956 collectors, there are over 200 variations, making things extremely difficult for master set collectors. Most variations deal with card stock (gray or white backs).
... rumor has it #101-180 the gray outnumber white about 9-to-1.

There were also several cards with color line variations including Ted Williams, Whitey Ford & Early Wynn. In addition, many team cards had 2 or 3 variations with team names Left, Center or Right.

1956 Topps Hank Aaron 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle
Just a few uncorrected errors, the most famous is card #31 Hank Aaron which actually pictures Willie Mays sliding home ! Card #135 Mickey Mantle is also an interesting card. Mantle leaps high into the stands robbing a home run ! The artist did a great job showing Mantle making the catch ! An awesome play to put on this great card - right ?
BUT ... was this the first "FAKE BASEBALL CATCH" ?
Problem is in real life, Mantle did look great leaping but the ball flew over his glove. 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle Catch
And as always for vintage Topps sets, don' miss Don Mossi and his famous ears !

1956 Topps collectors will love Topps '1956 Topps Pins' which used the same portrait photos as the cards.
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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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