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Autographed Gateway Cachets
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Autographed Gateway Cachets values and prices.
Gateway Stamp Company has provided collectors over 1 MILLION
authenticated certified autographs over the last 30+ years.
Though a "stamp company", Gateway rarely dealt in stamps, going down
a new creative road becoming one of the world's unique secrets in
autograph collecting. They combined the best in art, color photographs,
historical events and autographs with their full-color silk cachet envelopes.
Gateway's first client was Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock and hundreds followed.
WHAT ARE FULL-COLOR SILK CACHETS?
A "cachet" is a design on an envelope marking an event.
"Full-color silk" refers to the delicate material into which the
art and photography are printed. After the silk artwork is applied
it's 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. A postmark is a great
way to mark historical events. The rules governing the granting of
postmarks GUARANTEE that NO Gateway issue can EVER be re-issued protecting
the value of the autographed cachets !!!
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1952 Topps Baseball Cards
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1952 Topps Baseball card checklist, values and prices.
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
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.
How long have sports cards been around ? (part 2)
The first important and mainstream basketball set was issued by Bowman in 1948.
Other than a Topps set in 1957-58 and a 1961-62 Fleer set, there were no
mainstream basketball sets issued until Topps started producing yearly sets
beginning with their 1969-70 set featuring the rookie card of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,
who then went under the name of Lew Alcindor.
In hockey, there were a few sets issued in the 1910's and while O-Pee-Chee issued
some sets in the 1930's, the real modern sets began in 1951 with the itroduction
of Parkhurst's first set.
In racing, while cards go back as far as the early Indy car days of 1911,
modern racing sets began in 1988 with the issues released by MAXX.
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