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1962 Topps #154 Lee Thomas (Los Angeles Angels)
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Official authentic vintage UPI/AP Wirephotos/Laserphotos are very limited, normally only 1 sent to subscribing newspapers. Photos were black & white printed on electro-static printers, usually sent in 3 stages, Cyan, Magenta & Yellow, then combined into a color photograph. Photos are work products and VG to NEAR MINT. As a bonus, some have editor's blue-line cropping marks.

Scarce, interesting and snapshots of history, wire photos of major subjects and moments make for great collectibles. Wirephotos and laserphotos are no longer transmitted in this manner (stopping around the early 90's). Images are now transmitted from computer to computer with no need for hardcopies.
old UPI wirephotos old AP wirephotos Wirephotos images taken with low res camera so images do not do then justice. The wirephotos are nicer than in the image. Most wirephotos from San Diego Union Tribune archives and make nice additions to your collection.

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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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1960 Pirates Tag-Ons Baseball Stickers

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1952 Topps Baseball Cards
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1952 is often thought of as Topps 1st baseball card set, but it was not.
Topps issued several smaller baseball card sets prior to their huge 1952 set.
Topps buzz word was "BIGGER is BETTER" for their 1952 Topps set which Topps described as: "GIANT IN BOTH SIZE and NUMBER of CARDS" (407).

Key card in the 1952 Topps set is #311 MICKEY MANTLE. Often called Mickey Mantle's Rookie card - BUT IT IS NOT. That honor goes to his 1951 Bowman.
1952 Topps "High Numbers" (#311-#407), are very, very scarce with an interesting story:
This HUGE set was released in series weeks apart. By the last (6th) series, baseball season was over and football starting. Candy shops had plenty of baseball cards from earlier series so most cancelled their orders for the last series creating the scarcity.

Adding interest is how Topps disposed of the now un-needed cards including THOUSANDS of 1952 Topps MICKEY MANTLE's. They dumped them into the Atlantic Ocean like most of New York's trash in those days.

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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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