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Like all collectibles, some sports cards increase in value and a few can become very valuable. Determining a card's value is based on a number of factors including the popularity of the player, the card's scarcity, it's condition, and demand among collectors. A card can be scarce but if there's no demand for it, it's value may not be to great.
Q: What are some of the ways to collect cards ? There are several different ways to collect cards. For example, you can try to collect all the cards in a given set. Or you can focus on cards of your favorite team or even just your favorite player.
Some people only collect Rookie cards while others only collect cards of Hall-of-Famers. Because of the high cost of vintage sports cards today a growingly popular way to collect sportscards is "Type Collecting".
"Type Collecting" is collecting just one of each "type" (or different issue) made. To keep costs down, on some of the scarcer more expensive issues you can simply add a less expensive "common" to your collection. While on more common or recent issues you can select your favorite player or a card from your favorite team.
No matter how you collect - the key is to have fun !
1934,1935,1936 Diamond MatchbooksDuring much of the Great Depression, matchbook collecting swept the country ! Sports matchbooks started appearing in the 1930s, most issued by Diamond Match Company of New York. Over the next few years, several series were issued with similar designs; b/w photo of the player on front with short write-up and stats on back. The player's name and team was also printed on the 'saddle'.
Please consider the following info as approximate.
1935's issue was tiny with only 24 total covers (8 red,8 blue,8 green).
A third series was later released with 200 or more different covers (players/colors).
1930's matchbook covers appear to be huge bargains for collectors as their current values are fractions of the value of Goudey and other baseball cards from the same era.
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1963 Fleer BaseballIn 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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1977 Topps Cloth StickersAs the 1977 baseball season was winding down, Topps decided we needed more cards and released a baseball card test issue called "1977 Topps Cloth Stickers". The 1977 Topps Cloth Stickers set was made up of (73) cards, (55) cloth stickers of the 1977 season's top players plus (18) checklist/puzzle cards that when joined together formed 9-piece photos of the 1976 American and National League All-Star teams.
The stickers were sold in 15¢ packs with 2 players stickers and 1 checklist/puzzle card per pack; 36 packs per box.
The fronts of the Cloth Stickers were basically the same as the regular issue with
most of the photos identical - but there were differences
including Nolan Ryan.
The 2½" by 3½" stickers were made of a light, sticky-backed cloth with a paper backing
listing the player's career highlights and instructions on how to use the cloth sticker.
Morgan, Palmer, Perez, Ryan, Schmidt, Seaver, Stargell, Sutton, Winfield, Yastrzemski, Yount
ALSO: Pete Rose and a scarcer Mark Fidrych ROOKIE card !!!
Dave Winfield (last game in 1995) was the last active player with a card in this set.
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.
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