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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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1991 Cardboard Dreams Baseball Cards
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1991 Cardboard Dreams Complete 16-card set.
PLUS Prototype cards #1 & #2.

1991 Cardboard Dreams Promo #1 1991 Cardboard Dreams Promo #2 1991 Cardboard Dreams Ryan back
Great little odd ball set with interesting fronts and backs.
Cards were issued in 1991 as a promotional lead-in for an upcoming sportscard magazine to be named "Cardboard Dreams". The cards were given away at several Southern California and a couple of regional baseball card shows in random 1-card envelopes.

Unfortunately, shortly before the magazine's 1st issue, Major League Baseball and other agencies began several law suits against similar magazines. Before the dust settled, plans for the magazine were dropped leaving just the small run of promotional cards and a few color proof variations.

The set includes the following cards:

      SERIES 1                   SERIES 2
  #1 Willie Mays            # 9 Mickey Mantle                
  #2 Nolan Ryan             #10 Nolan Ryan & Sandy Koufax   
  #3 Tony Gwynn             #11 Frank Thomas & David Justice
  #4 Wayne Gretzky          #12 Brett Hull                  
  #5 Jose Canseco/Madonna   #13 Ted Williams & Joe DiMaggio 
  #6 Ken Griffey Jr         #14 Barry Sanders               
  #7 Bo Jackson             #15 Dan Marino                  
  #8 Michael Jordan         #16 Magic Johnson & Larry Bird  

Promo/Prototype #1 >> Nolan Ryan / Wayne Gretzky / Bo Jackson / Jose Canseco & Madonna
Promo/Prototype #2 >> Mickey Mantle / Nolan Ryan & Sandy Koufax / Ted Williams & Joe DiMaggio
                      David Justice & Frank Thomas
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1957 Topps Football Cards
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In 1957 Topps created the start of the modern day card by reducing the size of their cards to the current standard of 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches. Topps not only changed the size of their cards, they also increased the size of the set to 154 players. Lastly, they dramatically changed the card format to a horizontal split-card. The player selection was incredible with 31 players eventually reaching the Football Hall of Fame. Jam packed with stars - Topps did leave out a few like Jim Brown and Len Dawson. The top rookies were Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas & Paul Hornung. The only known variation is card #58 Willard Sherman of the Rams.
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vintage baseball wirephotos UPI/AP Vintage Baseball Wire Photos vintage baseball wirephotos UPI/AP

UPI/AP Wirephotos

wirephotos vintage machine UPI/AP old UPI wirephotos old AP wirephotos 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 quality of photos we have become accustomed to.

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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