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1994 Upper Deck 'Pro Bowl' #PB12 John Elway Baseball card

Price = $ 14.95
NM/MINT

Sharp card combines holographic head shot with color action photo !!!

1994 Upper Deck 'Pro Bowl' #PB12 John Elway Baseball cards value
         

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Q1: How long have sports cards been around ?

(part 1)
The first baseball trading cards date back to 1869. For many years, baseball cards were packaged in packs of tobacco as a way to increase sales the same way that today prizes are packaged in boxes of cereal. In the 1920's and 1930's, candy and gum companies started packaging baseball cards in their products as well.

Baseball card production was virtually halted in the early 1940's due to paper shortages created by World War II. The "Modern Era" of baseball cards began in 1948 when Bowman Gum Inc. offered one card and one piece of gum in a pack for a penny.

The first important football set was the Mayo set featuring college players in 1984. Other than the 1935 National Chicle set no other key football set was issued until 1948 when noth Bowman and Leaf produced sets.

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1956 Topps Pins

In addition to their regular issue 1956 Topps baseball card set, which in my opinion, was Topps' nicest regular issue set, Topps released a special pin set. This was the first pins ever issued by Topps.

Few issues can compare to the 1956 Topps Pins set. The colorful and attractive 1-1/8" diameter pins, just like baseball cards from the era, were packaged with bubble gum. The pins featured a full color photo of the player with a pin clasp on the reverse. Interestingly, some images for the pin set are the same as those on the regular 1956 Topps cards. Even if you don't want to collect the set, if you collect 1956 Topps cards than YOU MUST add at least one 1956 Topps Pin to your collection.

The 1956 Topps Pins set features most of the eras Hall-of-Famers including Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Duke Snider, Al Kaline, Yogi Berra, Eddie Mathews and also includes some super tough scarcities such as Chuck Stobbs, Hector Lopez and Chuck Diering. There is not firm opinion as to which of the 3 scarce short prints are the toughest to find.

In the end, collectors in the day preferred their cards to pins and Topps cut back the 1956 Topps Pin set issue from a planned 90 pins to just 60.


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1968 Baseball Marbles (Creative Creations)

1968 Baseball Marble
These 'Marbles' were issued in 'blister packs' of 20 marbles. The 'Marble' was a ¾”-diameter clear plastic orb containing a paper insert with the player's portrait on the front a facsimile autograph on the back.
The blister packs themselves are collectible. They measure 9-3/4” x 10-1/2”, with the marbles positioned on front; the pack’s back features a baseball design awash in approximately 60 player's facsimile signatures. 1968 Baseball Marbles The package mentions 24 series of 20 marbles per but only 120 different marbles were created.

1968 Baseball Marble One of the more interesting collectibles from the late 1960's, they are sought after by both Team and Player collectors.

For another similar interesting issue see the 1970 Chemtoy SuperBalls.

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1991 Cardboard Dreams

1991 Cardboard Dreams Complete 16-card set.
PLUS Prototype cards #1 & #2.

1991 Cardboard Dreams Promo #1 1991 Cardboard Dreams Promo #2 Great little odd ball set with interesting fronts and backs.
1991 Cardboard Dreams Ryan back Cards were issued in 1991 as a promotional lead-in for an upcoming sportscard magazine to be named "Cardboard Dreams". The cards were given away at several Southern California and a couple of regional baseball card shows in random 1-card envelopes.

Unfortunately, shortly before the magazine's 1st issue, Major League Baseball and other agencies began several law suits against similar magazines. Before the dust settled, plans for the magazine were dropped leaving just the small run of promotional cards and a few color proof variations.

The set includes the following cards:

      SERIES 1                   SERIES 2
  #1 Willie Mays            # 9 Mickey Mantle                
  #2 Nolan Ryan             #10 Nolan Ryan & Sandy Koufax   
  #3 Tony Gwynn             #11 Frank Thomas & David Justice
  #4 Wayne Gretzky          #12 Brett Hull                  
  #5 Jose Canseco/Madonna   #13 Ted Williams & Joe DiMaggio 
  #6 Ken Griffey Jr         #14 Barry Sanders               
  #7 Bo Jackson             #15 Dan Marino                  
  #8 Michael Jordan         #16 Magic Johnson & Larry Bird  

"Promo/Prototype #1" >> Nolan Ryan / Wayne Gretzky / Bo Jackson / Jose Canseco & Madonna  
"Promo/Prototype #2" >> Mickey Mantle / Nolan Ryan & Sandy Koufax / Ted Williams & Joe DiMaggio / David Justice & Frank Thomas 
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1993 Topps Inaugural Rockies

1993 Topps Rockies Inaugural logo In 1993 Topps produced a limited number of special gold foil enhanced factory sets to honor the first season of the Colorado Rockies. A special gold foil Rockies logo was added to all the cards.

With an initial print run of 5,000, the Rockies had another 5,000 sets made for a total of only 10,000 total factory sets. Since cards were only available as factory sets which most collectors kept complete. and no packs were sold making singles and team sets quite a bit tougher to find.
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