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Q9: What are some of the terms used for card grading ?

Using a system of grading codes based on those established by price guides such as Beckett, Tuff Stuff, Sports Collector’s Digest, collectors can determine the approximate condition of items offered by interpreting the following grades. Grading is very subjective and there can also be grades in between the levels below.

MINT (MT) - while we rarely use this grade, occasionally it can be found for items that we appraise as appearing nearly perfect to the naked eye. With respect to cards, it would be defined as one with 50/50 centering all around, razor-sharp corners, a photo that is well-registered and completely focused, and no visible imperfections on card front or back.

NEAR MINT-MINT (NRMT/MT) - is qualified by at least 60/40 centering, only the slightest hint of corner wear upon close inspection, and may have a barely visible print spot, lack of intense color, or a slight focus imperfection.

NEAR MINT (NRMT) - card displays at least 70/30 centering, may have a visible slight touch of corner wear all around, and/or a few slightly visible print spots, a lack of intense color, or a slight focus imperfection.

EXCELLENT-MINT (EX/MINT) - centering equivalent to NRMT (70/30), but 2 or 3 corners display an obvious "fuzzy" quality. Essentially, a card that would have been deemed NRMT if not for the corner wear being more apparent. May have a barely visible print spot, a lack of intense color, or a slight focus imperfection.

EXCELLENT (EX) - all four corners show visible signs of wear, but are not rounded. Centering at least 80/20. May have a visible print spot, a lack of intense color, or a slight focus imperfection.

VERY GOOD (VG) - Corners are rounded and the card may have creases or wrinkles.

FAIR TO GOOD - in this grade, card has rounded corners and other major defects such as scuffing, pinholes, loss of gloss, multiple creases. In general, a markedly worn card and often used as a "filler" until a better one comes along.

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1974 Topps DECKLE EDGE

This 72-card test issue set was released with a very limited distribution only the East Coast around Massachusetts making them quite scarce. They were officially simply called "Topps Baseball Photos" but their serrated or "DECKLED" edge gave them the name they go by today. The 2 7/8" x 5" inch cards were sold in either a 2 card pack with gum or a 3 card pack with no gum for 5 cents.
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The fronts look similar to the black and white Exhibit Postcards from the 50's and 60's featuring a photo with a facsimile blue autograph. The backs make this very scarce test issue even more interesting ! They feature handwritten script of the player's name, team, position & date and location of the photograph as well as a mock newspaper article on the player's career.

This was Topps 2nd "Deckle Edge" issue, their first being the smaller and much more common 1969 Topps Deckle Edge which were inserts in certain 1969 Topps packs.

Variations of 1974 Topps Deckle Edge do exist, making this issue even more fun and challenging to collect. The backs can be found in either gray or a much scarcer white version. Also, a more limited proof version with non-scalloped edges exists and can be found with and without card numbers.

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1958 Topps Baseball Cards
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The 1958 Topps set had many memorable images, as well as having some very important distinctions in the long history of Topps producing baseball cards. Some of those distinctions include being the only set issued during the Topps monopoly in which the first series is the most difficult of the various series issued. In fact, the set gets progressively easier as the cards were released with most collectors and dealers having more of the final series in stock then cards from any other series. Stan Musial & Ted Williams Cards Another important milestone was the 1958 set would turn out to be the only release in which both of the most beloved veterans of the time, Stan Musial and Ted Williams, would be included in the same set. Williams was card #1 again and in his five years Topps pictured him as an player, he would always be included in the first series. In addition, while he was in the last series in 1954 as the final card in the set, he was also in the last series as an All-Star selection. Meanwhile, Topps finally procured Stan Musial to be in their set during 1958 and thus only was able to include him in the All-Star subset in the final series. As usual, Topps produced less cards as the year went on, so the question is, did the late inclusion of Musial enable Topps to print more cards of the final series? The set itself was for many collectors a nondescript set, as the player portrait is paired against a solid background. Meanwhile, the horizontally oriented backs include a brief information blurb, biographical information, seasonal and career statistics, and even some cartoons with fun facts about the player featured. In addition, based on the success of the few multi-player cards in the the 1957 set, there were many more multi-player cards issued in the 1958 set, which is a tradition which would continue through the 1969 set. All-Star Cards In addition, the 1958 set would also be the first set to feature the "all-star" subset. The next three years those All-Star cards would be in the final series, while in 1962 the all-stars would be separated into two different series. We have already mentioned Stan Musial and Ted Williams as members of this part of the set but many other stars and superstars of the time were included in the subset, most notably Mickey Mantle. In fact, it was the 1958 Mantle All-Star card that renowned sportscaster Bob Costas famously carried in his wallet for many years. Roger Maris Rookie Card Since the 1958 Topps set was approaching 500 cards, and there were still only 16 major league teams, most of the players were going to be included even with the All-Star, Multi-player, and team photos cards (with checklists on the back). Those team photo cards with the checklist information would be the first time Topps included "checklist" cards as part of their regular set. In terms of key rookie cards, the most expensive would become a player who will probably never be a Hall of Famer, in Roger Maris. Maris, who is part of the tough low-numbered series, won his biggest fame for blasting 61 homers during the 1961 season to break what people thought was another unbreakable record of one George Herman "Babe" Ruth. Not only are Maris and Williams in the first series, but there is also a whole grouping of players who have information in what was either "white lettering" or "yellow lettering". Again, Hank Aaron for the third straight season, is one of those players with an interesting error or variation. One other note is because of the cardboard stock used, this set is very difficult to obtain in mint 9 (without qualifiers) or gem mint 10 conditions. The card with the highest number in these superb grades is, naturally the Mickey Mantle All-Star card. However, in more than 5,500 of these cards graded, there are only slightly more than 40 in those glorious conditions. Very few of the other cards in the set have these high grades, but the percent of common cards in these strong conditions is improved as the average value of common cards in the set does depress the number of cards sent in. But even though on some commons, the high grade percentage is increased, this is still a difficult set to obtain in top notch shape. So, for the first season in which we actually had teams west of the Mississippi river, and the true beginning of the modern era in which plane travel would replace train travel, Topps also continued their movement towards a far more comprehensive issue as the 1958 set would set a record for the time - which would promptly be eclipsed the following year.
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1969 Topps Stamps

Following stints as inserts in 1961 and 1962, stamps finally arrived with their own issue in 1969 ! A nickel for a 12-stamp strip plus a mini album !!!

The 1969 Topps Stamps set contained (240) 1x1-7/16 inch unnumbered stamps with player's photo and name,team & position inside a colored banner. The stamps were released in both horizontal (2 rows of 6) & vertical (2 columns of 6). 1969 Topps Stamps are often confused with Topps' 1974 issue. The 1974 Stamps have ovals rather than banners at bottom and came only in horizontal 12-stamp panels.

To store the stamps, Topps issued a set of 24 mini albums, one for each team. The booklets were the same size as a baseball card and held a complete 10-stamp team set. More fun for kids, the back cover had facsimile autographs of all the players in the team set. The design is nearly identical to the Topps 1969 football 4-in-1 stamp booklets.

The 1969 Topps Stamps set is packed with stars like Pete Rose and tons of Hall-of-Famers including MICKEY MANTLE, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente & many more !!!

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