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1958 Hires Root Beer
Hires Root Beer issued this 66 card set back in 1958. The cards came with an attached advertising tab. Cards with their tab intact are extremely difficult to find and thus are quite expensive. The actual card size varies from 2-3/8 in. to 2-5/8 in. wide and 3-3/8 in. to 3-5/8 in. high without the tab. Cards are numbered from #10 thru #76 with #69 not issued.
The card design - a wood grain "knot hole" through which the player is viewed - is a collector's favorite and was brought back by Bowman for their 2003 Bowman Heritage product. Although small at only 66 cards, the set did contain it's share of cards of Hall-of-Famers and Superstars such as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Pee Wee Reese, Don Drysdale, Richie Ashburn, Bill Mazeroski, Duke Snider, Larry Doby, Don Newcombe and others...
1955 Topps Baseball Cards
Checklist & Values
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1955 Topps Baseball card checklist, values and prices.
1955 Topps was the first of 2 years of horizontal card designs.
As with 1952, 1953 & 1954, cards were again a tad larger than today's
standard. A nice feature, facsimile autographs, again appeared on the cards.
The set came in 2 series, #1-160 and scarcer "High Numbers" #161-210.
Due to the contract battles between Topps & Bowman, Cards #175,186,203 & 209
were never issued. Topps eventually won the war, buying Bowman making 1955
the last year for Bowman cards. But the damage was done as Topps had to
leave out many stars including Mickey Mantle & Stan Musial.
There were a total of (15) Hall of Famers in the 1955 set !!!
Top ROOKIEs: Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax & Harmon Killebrew
Top Stars: Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Al Kaline, Ernie Banks, Warren Spahn,
Jackie Robinson, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra & Duke Snider.
"The Golden Greek" Harry Agganis, a popular 1955 Topps card, is a tragic
story, Agganis, a rising young star, died after his first card was issued.
A football star at Boston U., he turned down an offer from the Cleveland
Browns and became the starting first baseman. Shortly after he came down
with pneumonia and died of a Pulmonary Embolism.
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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 S-Z)
Series are groups of cards in an issue released together.
Example: Series #1 (cards #1-100) are released in April;
Series #2 (#101-200) released in July; and so on. This allowed
kids to easier complete sets. A side-effect was the creation of scarce
Short Print (SP) is a card printed in lesser quantity than other cards
in the set. Recent short prints are often serially-numbered.
Team Set is a group of all the cards of players for a certain team.
Test Issue is a small printing by a card company to see if
products are of interest to collectors. Some of Topps neatest items
are "Test Issues" like 1956 Topps Pins & 1974 Topps Puzzles.
Tobacco Card is typically from the early 1900's and were issued with
tobacco products, the most famous of which is the T-206 Honus Wagner card.
Traded/Update Set is a set issued after the original issue primarily featuring rookies
or players who were traded since the original issue came out.
Trimmed Card is a card reduced in size mostly to hide
damaged edges or corners. Trimmed cards have very little value compared
to the un-trimmed version. In some cases such as the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle,
even trimmed cards can go for thousands. The most famous 'trimmed' card
is the T206 Honus Wagner purchased by Wayne Gretzky. The card was actually
too large before it was trimmed down to size.
Unauthorized Issue is a card release which is not licensed by the
league, player's association or player.
Variation is a card printed by the manufacturer that differs
in some way from the normal card.
Wax Pack is a generic term for a pack of cards.
The "wax" came from a time when packs were sealed in wax paper wrappers.
Today it is still used for packs even though they no longer use wax paper.
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