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1952 Bowman TV & Radio Stars of NBC #15 George Jessel n card

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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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1955 Topps Double-Headers (Doubleheaders)
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Without a doubt this is my favorite set - PERIOD. Regular issue, test issues, inserts ... whatever ... this is # 1 !!!

Patterned after the famous Mecca Double Folders issued in the early 1900's, these colorful 2 1/16" x 4 7/8" cards are actually 2-cards-in-1! They are perforated in the center and depending on which way you fold the card you create cards of 2 different players. Unperforated 1955 Topps DoubleHeaders can sometimes be found.



A 1955 Topps DoubleHeaders wrapper at left.
All 132 players (66 cards) in the 1955 Topps DoubleHeaders set were also in Topps regular issue. Interestingly, images for the DoubleHeaders were taken from the action images on regular 1955 Topps ..or.. vice-a-versa.
One of the special aspects of this beautiful set is that when layed side-by-side they form spectacular scenes from actual stadiums !!! Old-timers - can you identify the stadiums ?

TOP ROOKIES: Harmon Killebrew & Hal Newhouser
Top STARS: Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Jackie Robinson, Al Kaline, Warren Spahn & MORE !!!

No doubt about it - the best !!!

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1963 Fleer Baseball

In 1960 & 1961 Fleer produced baseball card sets of old-timers like Ruth,Gehrig & Cobb, ... but kids weren't impressed. They wanted current stars. Fleer had to try something new ... COOKIES !!!     In an attempt by Fleer to circumvent Topps exclusive rights to baseball cards, they issued their 1963 baseball cards with cherry flavored cookies instead of gum.

The 1963 Fleer baseball card issue was most likely intended to be a much larger set issued in multiple series but Topps sued Fleer after the first series was released stopping further production. Due to Topps deep pockets Fleer soon pulled the set from the market leaving this very popular set at just 66 cards plus an unnumbered checklist.

But what a 66 cards!!!   The 1963 Fleer cards are attractive and feature an extremely high percentage of stars led by Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente & Sandy Koufax along with 2 very scare Short Prints: Joe Adcock and the checklist.

The most interesting card in this set is the Maury Wills Rookie card. Even though Wills started his major league career with the Dodgers way back in 1959 quickly becoming a superstar, his 1963 Fleer card is considered his rookie ! How is this possible ? Well, back in 1959, 1960 and 1961, Topps did not consider Wills worthy enough to have a baseball card.

As hobby lore has it: Wills was quite upset at this slight from Topps. After Wills won the 1962 N.L. MVP award, Topps quickly came a knocking but Wills said "NO THANKS!". From 1961 thru 1966, Wills prevented Topps from making his cards. Wills and Topps finally made up making his 1967 Topps high number short print his first Topps card and also his most expensive card. Adding interest to the Wills baseball card story, Post Cereal released a Maury Wills card in their 1961 set making that an earlier Maury Wills rookie. Wills was also pictured on a 1960 Topps card featuring the 1959 World Series. That card featured Luis Aparicio stealing 2nd base with Wills pictured trying to make the tag.

Much of the above is true but Wills has said there was no "feud" with Topps and that he simply had signed exclusive agreements with Fleer.

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1971 Kellogg's

1971, Kellogg's second and by far scarcest and most valuable set, contained 75 different players on 2 ¼” by 3 ½” cards. The cards were plastic coated giving them a 3-D look !!! The plastic coating also made high grade cards nearly impossible find. Over time and the elements, most cards would curl making light and heavy cracks very common.

As opposed to Kellogg's other issues which were available from the company as complete sets, 1971 Kellogg's cards were ONLY available one in each specially marked box of Kellogg's cereal. The only way to complete your 1971 Kellogg's set was to pester mom to buy, buy, buy more boxes of cereal.

In addition to the 75 different players, numerous scarcer variations exist with minor differences in the stats on back. In addition, all 75 cards and some variations are found with 2 different forms of copyright on the back:
  XOGRAPH ( 80 total cards)
  @1970 XOGRAPH (121 total cards)
The numbers above may not be 100% accurate.

The "toughest" cards appear to be: # 7 Alou (1970 Oakland NL) # 28 Wright (Angles Crest Logo) # 54 Johnson (Angles Crest Logo) # 64 Fregosi (Angles Crest Logo) # 70 Osteen (No Number on back) # 2 Seaver (ERA 2.81) # 41 Gaston (113 Runs) # 65 Rose (RBI 485)


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1963 Bazooka ALL-TIME GREATS

In 1963, competitive pressures compelled Topps to add a bonus to it's 1963 Bazooka boxes. These cards were inserted inside boxes of Bazooka bubblegum at 5 per box. The 41-card set of Hall-of-Famers features black and white photos of the player inside a gold plaque. A short biography appears on the back, a first (and last) for Bazooka. The 41 numbered cards measure 1 9/16" by 2 1/2". Scarcer silver colored plaques also exist.

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