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1974 Topps DECKLE EDGE
Checklist & Values
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1969 Topps Deckle Edge checklist and prices
This scarce 72-card test issue set was released with very limited
East Coast distribution making them quite scarce.
Officially simply called "Topps Baseball Photos", their serrated or "DECKLED"
edge gave them the name they go by today.
The 2 7/8" x 5" inch cards were sold in 2 card packs with gum or 3 card
packs without for 5 cents.
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Fronts are similar to b&w Exhibit Postcards from the 50's
with photos and facsimile autographs.
The backs make this very scarce test issue more interesting !
They feature handwritten script of player's name, team, position & date
and location of the photograph as well as a mock newspaper article.
This was Topps 2nd "Deckle Edge" issue, their first being the smaller
and more common 1969 Topps Deckle Edge inserts in 1969 Topps packs.
Variations of 1974 Topps Deckle Edge exist,
making this issue more fun and challenging to collect.
Backs can be found in gray or a much scarcer white.
Also, more limited proof versions with non-scalloped edges exist and
can be found with and without card numbers.
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1974 Topps Deckle Edge checklist and prices
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1974 Topps Stamps
Checklist & Values
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1974 Topps Stamps set had (240) 1x1-1/2 inch stamps, 10/team.
Issued in 12-stamp panels in diff. combos of rows for
24 DIFFERENT panels in a complete 1974 Topps Stamps PANEL set.
NOTE: Your favorite may be on 2 different panels !!!
Set suffers from HORRIBLE centering and bad perforations.
1969/1974 Topps stamps are very similar except:
1974's oval vs 1969's banner.
1974 Topps Mini-Albums - seen - perhaps not released.
PACKED! Ryan, Aaron, Bench...
With Pete Rose and seldom seen Winfield & Parker rookies.
1974 Topps Baseball Stamps
1961 Topps Baseball Stamps
1962 Topps Baseball Stamps
1969 Topps Baseball Stamps
Team Signed / Autographed Baseballs (p1)
Team Signed Baseballs Values
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Autographed/Signed Team Baseball inventory
Pricing team signed baseballs is difficult due to subjectivity and
factors involved suce as: Signatures placement, quality, strength,
number of autographs, stars, age, team significance, and
eye appeal considering fading, whiteness,
scuffs, shellacking, staining, overall wear...
Team autographed baseballs on official league balls get higher values.
They are "official", made better, preserve better and even help in
dating especially with balls signed at "Reunion" baseball card shows
which brought together great teams of the past.
Facsimile Autographed Balls
1960's/1970's machine-printed "autographed" team baseballs were sold
at stadium gift shops for around $1.95. Easy to identify as
all signatures were uniform in ink, color, size and look.
"Facsimile" signatures are also often found on baseball cards.
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Baseball card collecting terms (part G)
Grade/Condition Centering, corner wear, photo clarity, edges,
creases, print flaws ... all combine to determine a card's condition or grade.
Along with rarity/scarcity it is the major factor in a card's value.
Graded Card As values increased the condition of cards and the
determination of fakes and alterations became increasingly more important.
Various companies became "graders" of your cards. For a fee they would grade
your card (usually on a 1 to 10 scale) and then placed in a sealed plastic
holder with labelling of the vital information.
From past experiences, most people are NOT HAPPY with the grades they receive.
To keep values up, graders can be extremely picky. Things you don't see,
they do so don't be surprized when the NEAR MINT card you send in ends up
with an EX or EX/MINT grade.
There are TOO many grading companies - if you do, do choose carefully.
PSA / SGC / GAI / BGS are some of the many companies.
It is good to know that getting a card graded by a company that people
do not recognize or respect will usually just cost you time and money
and not help you in any way.
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