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1974 Topps & Parker Brothers Football
In 1974, along with cards in wax packs, Topps also issued the football
cards used in Parker Brothers' "Pro Draft" board game. The (50) Parker Brothers
cards are skip numbered from the 1st 132 Topps cards and are all
offensive players, mostly from the skill positions.
Most Parker Brothers cards are similar to the ones from packs except on the back
where most Parker Brothers cards had 1972 stats instead of 1973 and (2)* rather
than (1)* in the copyright line. BUT NOTE: Some regular Topps cards have
both * and ** --- It's complicated!
Six of the cards have totally different designs; three All-Pros and three with
horizontal designs that were changed to vertical to match the rest of the cards.
Team checklist cards were randomly included in the Topps wax packs.
TOP ROOKIES: Joe DeLamielleure, Ray Guy, Bert Jones, Harold Carmichael,
John Matuszak, Ahmad Rashad, Chuck Foreman, John Hannah and actor Ed Marinaro.
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1960 Nu-Card Baseball Hi-Lites
Checklist & Prices
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1960 Nu-Card Baseball Hi-Lites checklist and prices
This 72-card set of large (3-1/4" x 5-3/8") cards called 'Hi-Lites'
featured baseball highlights. Printed in red and black, card
fronts resembled a newspaper front page.
Backs featured trivia question (with answer) sending you to a card
with more info.
Rare cards #1-18 can be found blank-backed with just black printing.
In 2 months on eBay, NONE of nearly (200) 1960 Nu-Cards listings were
black only ! Other than #1 Ruth, black only cards are nearly identical
differing only in print color and copyright.
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1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops checklist & prices
Auction's most costly vintage baseball cards
Over 5,000 vintage sports and non-sports items in each weekly auction
The history of vintage baseball card auctions is long and colorful.
T-206 Honus Wagner tobacco cards have sold for upto $2.8 million in
auction. The "Holy Grail of Sports Cards", it's extreme-high auction
value can mostly be attributed to great PR and "auction fever".
It's not close to being the rarest baseball card and Honus Wagner is not
Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantle. Yes, the T-206 set is beautiful & special but
because of the # of cards and scarcities, few collector's try to complete,
which should keep auction competition down compared to say 1933 Goudey
or 1952 Topps baseball card issues.
BUT IT DOES NOT...
There's a story Wagner banned his card because he was anti-tobacco
but there are other stories about financial considerations.
You surely have heard of PSA and may even know that this card was the
FIRST they ever graded. But did you know that dealer (B.l. .ast.o name
encoded) admitted tampering with the card, perhaps having it trimmed
down to size, before PSA graded it so highly for the auction.
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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