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1959 Topps #402 Hector Lopez (Kansas City A's)
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1968 Topps Action All-Star Stickers
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Another awesome Topps test issue !!!   Trying to catch the fancy of young collectors, Topps issued the "Baseball Action Stickers" set, also called "Action All-Stars Stickers". 1968 was huge year for Topps with test/oddball issues of Game cards, Player Posters, 3-D cards, Plaks, Discs and Punchouts.

Topps 1968 "Baseball Action Stickers" were 3-panel sticker strips with PACKED with STARS: Mantle, Mays, Clemente ... (16) different three-panel stickers were in set but only 12 are totally different. #13 thru #16 re-used panels from #1 thru #12.

Each strip had (3) panels perforated at joint with a large player image in center and smaller pictures of players top & bottom. Some stickers had facsimile autographs. Strip was folded along perfs and placed in packs.

Sold in 10 cent 1-sticker packs with 12 packs/box, sets could be made for $1.60. Today, more than a mid four figures is needed with just the Mantle panel going for around $2,000.

Collectors often collect just individual panels as complete strips are so scarce, fragile & EXPENSIVE. The single panels are quite scarce themselves - in 20+ years PSA has graded over 200 TOTAL with pop reports as low as 4 to 5 of most. Compare that to over thousand 1952 Topps Mickey Mantles !!!

Proof sheets have shown up. This sheet is missing the facsimile autographs.

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Another interesting issue
1960 Pirates Tag-Ons Baseball Stickers

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1951 Bowman Baseball
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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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1993 Topps Finest Refractors
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Topps went all in in 1993 with their most premium baseball card set to date, the famous 1993 Topps Finest set with RARE parallel issue REFRACTORS. With only 199 cards, 7 per team, the 'Finest' set only had room for the 'Finest' players !

Rare REFRACTORS were randomly placed in some packs. REFRACTORS looked exactly like regular cards unless you knew where AND how to look. Tilting a REFRACTOR in sunshine released a rainbow of colors, "refracting light" Topps scientists liked to say.

Current info is only 241 REFRACTORS were issued of each card making this parallel issue one of the scarcest. Collecting a complete set is made even more difficult by the hoarding of certain cards by collectors AND even major league baseball players !

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History Of O-Pee-Chee

O-Pee-Chee (OPC) based in Ontario Canada, is mostly thought of as the Canadian version of Topps but it actually pre-dates Topps by many years.

In 1933, OPC issued their first sports card set, the V304 Hockey cards and is currently in the tens of thousands. Their first baseball set was issued in 1937. It was similar to the 1934 Goudeys and Batter-Ups and the top player was Joe Dimaggio.

O-Pee-Chee created baseball card sets similar to TOpps from 1965 into the 1990's. At first OPC sets were much smaller than Topps and included just the first few series. Fronts & backs were nearly identical but with a small "Printed in Canada" on the back and the card stock was slightly different.

Baseball being much less popular in Canada, OPC print runs of their early years were between 1% and 10% of Topps making them exceedingly scarce !!!

Starting in 1970, Canadian legislation demanded all items produced in Canada carry both French & English so OPC baseball cards became bilingual with both languages included.
Other OPC differences include:
1971, OPC even changed the back design to a much more interesting back and also offered 14 different card photos not in the Topps set.
1972 OPC included a card of Gil Hodges mentioning his death that was not a part of the Topps set.
1974 OPC did not include any "Washington Nationals" variations.
1977 the card format remained like Topps but almost 1/3 of the OPC set had different poses/images than Topps.
In late 1970's, OPC card fronts appeared similar to Topps but sometimes included traded information saying "Now with XXXX". They were able to do this as the OPC cards were printed much later into the season.

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