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1938 Horrors of War - Gum Inc.
One of the most famous card sets of all time,
it began as a 240-card set featuring the Chinese-Japanese War,
the Spanish Civil War and the Ethiopian War. 48 cards were later
added on Germany and the buildup to World War II.
Cards #25-192 appear to be slightly more common than the others
cards in the series. Cards 241-288 are similar to more recent
high numbers in that each pack held one card from the high series
and one card from the low series.
The set is extremely popular and card "values" have increased
ten-fold since the early 1990s. Cards #1, #240, #277, #283, #286 & #288 are particularly valuable,
especially in prime condition.
1961 Topps Baseball Cards
Checklist & Values
The 1961 Topps baseball card set had 587 cards (#1-#598 with some missing numbers).
In addition to the missing cards, 2 cards were accidently numbered #463
(the Braves Team card was supposed to be card #426).
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1961 Topps baseball cards Checklist and Prices
1961 Topps set was packed with special "subsets":
League Leaders (10 cards), World Series cards (10),
Highlights (11 cards), MVP's (16 cards), Checklists (7 cards plus several variations),
Team cards, Special Multi-Player cards, Managers,
Topps Rookie All-Star Trophies, & Sporting News All-Stars
Of note - 1961 Topps were the first cards bearing the very popular Topps Rookie All-Star Award Trophies.
"High Number" cards (#523-#589) are very scarce.
The least attractive aspect of the 1961 Topps baseball card set
were the capless players !!!
Baseball expansion led to the problem when
Los Angeles Angels were added,
the Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins
and the Washington Senators got a new franchise.
Because of these changes, tons of players were capless
and looked awful. picture you 50 year old grand-dad.
Life was obviously tougher back then.
More 1961 Topps card info:
Card #1 was All-American basketball player Dick Groat
Card #2 was Roger Maris, right before his record breaking 61 Home Run season
Mickey Mantle was on (6) 1961 Topps cards adding to the sets cost.
Topps released 3 other sets in 1961: Topps Dice Game, Topps Magic Rub-Offs & Topps Stamps.
Note: You may be on that page right now.
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1961 Topps Autographed baseball cards Checklist and Prices
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
Starting approximately in 1886, sportscards, mostly baseball cards, were often
included with tobacco products, for promotional purposes and also because the
card reinforced the packaging and protected cigarettes from damage. These sports
cards are referred to as tobacco cards in the baseball card hobby. Over the next
few years many different companies produced baseball cards. Tobacco cards soon
started to disappear as the American Tobacco Company tried to develop a monopoly
by buying out other companies.
They were reintroduced in the 1900s, as American Tobacco came under pressure from
antitrust action and Turkish competition. The most famous and most expensive,
baseball card is the rare T206 Honus Wagner. The card exists in very limited
quantities compared to others of its type because Wagner forced the card to be
removed from printing. It is widely (and incorrectly) believed that Wagner did
so because he refused to promote tobacco, but the true explanation lies in a
dispute over compensation.
Soon other companies also began producing baseball and football cards. Sports magazines
such as The Sporting News were early entries to the market. Candy manufacturers
soon joined the fray and reflected a shift toward a younger target audience for cards.
Caramel companies were particularly active and baseball cards were one of the first
prizes to be included in Cracker Jacks. World War I soon suppressed baseball card
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