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Autographed Gateway Cachets
Gateway Stamp Company has provided collectors well over 1 MILLION
authenticated certified autographs over the last 30 years.
Silk Cachets from Gateway Stamp Company
Even though a "stamp company", Gateway rarely dealt in stamps, going down
a new and creative road becoming one of the world's most unique secrets in
autograph collecting combining the best in art, color photographs, history
and autographs with their full-color silk cachet envelopes. Gateway's first
client was Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock with hundreds to follow.
WHAT ARE FULL-COLOR SILK CACHETS?
A "cachet" is a message or design on an envelope marking a postal event.
"Full-color silk" refers to the delicate material into which the
original art and photography are printed. After which each silk is applied
to the envelope, signed by the player and then officially post-marked by the
U.S. Post Office IN THE CITY OF THE EVENT !!!
The key to EVERY Gateway cachet is the postmark.The best way to mark a date
in history is with a postmark. The rules governing the granting of
postmarks GUARANTEE that NO Gateway issue can EVER be re-issued protecting
the value of the autographed, postmarked cachets !!!
1991 Topps Desert Shield cards
Checklist & Values
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1991 Topps Topps Desert Shield checklist, values and prices.
The 792 card 1991 Topps Desert Shield Baseball card set was issued by
Topps for the soldiers serving in the Gulf War. The Desert Shield set is
a variation of Topps regular 1991 baseball card with each card having a
special gold-foiled 'Desert Shield' stamp added to the front.
Many of the cards, scooped up by military personnel stateside, never made
it overseas. The equivalent of approx 6,500 sets of cards were made.
Cards are still sought after and fairly scarce with complete sets
nearly impossible to find. Be aware of counterfeits. Fakes can easily be
determined by comparing the gold foil logo with a real Desert Shield card.
The Chipper Jones rookie is the key card in the set along with the usual
super stars like Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken ...
1968 Topps Action All-Star Stickers
Checklist & Values
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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1968 Topps Action All-Star Stickers baseball cards Checklist and Prices
Another interesting issue
1960 Pirates Tag-Ons Baseball Stickers
Are sports cards valuable ?
Like all collectibles, over time some sports cards go down in value,
others go up and some can even become very valuable.
Card values are based on many factors:
player popularity, scarcity, condition & collector interest.
A card can be scarce but without demand value may not be great.
Q: What are some ways to collect cards ?
* Complete sets by year & issue
* Cards of your favorite player
* Cards of your favorite team "TEAM SETS"
* Rookie cards
* Hall-of-Famer cards
* I even had a girlfriend that collected Don Mossi (checkout his ears),
players whose last name start with "Z", and the Brett brothers George &
Ken (she had a crush on George).
* "TYPE COLLECTING" (everyone should at least do a little of this !)
is collecting at least one of each different "type" of issue.
On scarcer issues you can add a less expensive common
while on others you can select your favorite player or team.
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