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1994 Upper Deck 'Pro Bowl' #PB12 John Elway Baseball cardPrice = $ 14.95
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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.
1956 Topps PinsIn 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.
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.
1991 Cardboard Dreams1991 Cardboard Dreams Complete 16-card set.
PLUS Prototype cards #1 & #2.
Great little odd ball set with interesting fronts and backs.
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 ThomasClick for complete 1991 Cardboard Dreams checklist and prices
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1993 Topps Inaugural RockiesIn 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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