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Semi-Rigid CARD SAVER III - Pack of (100) Baseball cardPrice = $ 12.95
Perfect for 2-1/2 inch by 4-3/4 inch 'Tall Boys' like 1965 Topps Football and 1969-70 and 1970-71 Topps Basketball.
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In hockey, there were a few sets issued in the 1910's and while O-Pee-Chee issued some sets in the 1930's, the real modern sets began in 1951 with the itroduction of Parkhurst's first set.
In racing, while cards go back as far as the early Indy car days of 1911, modern racing sets began in 1988 with the issues released by MAXX.
1974 Topps DECKLE EDGEThis 72-card test issue set was released with a very limited distribution only the East Coast around Massachusetts making them quite scarce. They were officially simply called "Topps Baseball Photos" but their serrated or "DECKLED" edge gave them the name they go by today. The 2 7/8" x 5" inch cards were sold in either a 2 card pack with gum or a 3 card pack with no gum for 5 cents.
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The fronts look similar to the black and white Exhibit Postcards from the 50's and 60's featuring a photo with a facsimile blue autograph. The backs make this very scarce test issue even more interesting ! They feature handwritten script of the player's name, team, position & date and location of the photograph as well as a mock newspaper article on the player's career.
This was Topps 2nd "Deckle Edge" issue, their first being the smaller and much more common 1969 Topps Deckle Edge which were inserts in certain 1969 Topps packs.
Variations of 1974 Topps Deckle Edge do exist, making this issue even more fun and challenging to collect. The backs can be found in either gray or a much scarcer white version. Also, a more limited proof version with non-scalloped edges exists and can be found with and without card numbers.
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BOXING CARDSOne of the most popular of all boxing collectibles is the boxing card. Just like baseball cards, boxing cards have been produced in this country since the 1880's. First they appeared in tobacco products, then, later in gum and candy. Unlike baseball cards, however, boxing cards have also been produced in countries around the world. Unfortunately, there's no price guide. Card collectors either collect complete sets, all the cards of one fighter, one of each type of card (type collectors) or collect cards of just certain eras. Some collectors do all of these and their collections can be quite extensive. Because rarity means so much in card collecting, several unusual situations exist. In 1910 the Mecca and Hassan tobacco companies put out a couple of colorful boxing sets that include such names as Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries in one set and John L. Sullivan and Jim Corbett in the other. While these are great names and beautiful cards, they are also not very rare. The companies made a large quantity of them. At from $5-30 a piece, they do not compare at all favorably with prices of baseball cards of the day. Much rarer and more valuable are two cards made some 40 years later. In 1951 Topps gum company made a large card set called "Ringside" and in that set, for some unknown reason, #49 light heavyweight Bob Murphy is hard to find and in mint condition may fetch as much as $200. No other card in that set is worth as much (though Marciano is close - not rarer, but it IS Marciano). Even rarer is a card made in 1948. For years collectors thought that the Leaf gum company's "Knockout" set consisted of 49 cards, erratically numbered. Indeed, uncut sheets of the cards could be found that were exactly 7 cards by 7 cards. Then, about 8 years ago, a Rocky Graziano Leaf emerged and since then one other has been found. The Graziano card may not have been released except by accident or may have been recalled. The last Graziano Leaf sold at auction for over $1,000. One owner of the card says he got his in a trade with a neighborhood friend in New York City in 1949 so they must have been available. The next most expensive card in the set is the Joe Louis at about $75 in mint condition. In cards, condition is very important and a card rated as only "fair" may sell for only 10% of what a "mint" one will sell for. "Mint cards" must have a new sheen, very sharp corners and no blemishes or creases. Very minor imperfections lower this to "Excellent" and what you and I might consider a card in "great shape" could be graded at only "Good" or, at best, "Very Good." The most challenging cards to collect are the pre-1900 cards. This is an expensive hobby for advanced collectors. Research is absolutely necessary to assemble a good 19th century collection. Beginners can come into card collecting with the new stuff. In the early '90's, several sets were released that are very good. These are inexpensive and are a great way for card collectors to get a start. They can be found for sale by dealers in major sports collectors' publications and at sport card shows. The four most popular sets are Ringlords, AW, Brown's and Kayo. Pictured is a rare Red Cross tobacco card of Sullivan and Corbett circa 1895. For a bonus image of all the pre-1900 John L. Sullivan tobacco cards we know of. Click here.
1977 Topps Cloth StickersAs the 1977 baseball season was winding down, Topps decided we needed more cards and released a baseball card test issue called "1977 Topps Cloth Stickers". The 1977 Topps Cloth Stickers set was made up of (73) cards, (55) cloth stickers of the 1977 season's top players plus (18) checklist/puzzle cards that when joined together formed 9-piece photos of the 1976 American and National League All-Star teams.
The stickers were sold in 15¢ packs with 2 players stickers and 1 checklist/puzzle card per pack; 36 packs per box.
The fronts of the Cloth Stickers were basically the same as the regular issue with
most of the photos identical - but there were differences
including Nolan Ryan.
The 2½" by 3½" stickers were made of a light, sticky-backed cloth with a paper backing
listing the player's career highlights and instructions on how to use the cloth sticker.
Morgan, Palmer, Perez, Ryan, Schmidt, Seaver, Stargell, Sutton, Winfield, Yastrzemski, Yount
ALSO: Pete Rose and a scarcer Mark Fidrych ROOKIE card !!!
Dave Winfield (last game in 1995) was the last active player with a card in this set.
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