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Q8: What are some additional useful to know baseball card collecting terms ?

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Team Set - a group of cards featuring all the issues of the players of a particular team from the same release.

Test Issue - a preliminary offering issued as a test to see if a product would be accepted by collectors.

Tobacco Card - typically from the early 1900s, these were cards issued with tobacco products. The most famous of which is the "T-206" Honus Wagner card.

Traded/Update Set - a set issued after the original issue primarily featuring rookies or players who were traded since the original issue came out.

Trimmed Card - a card reduced in size from when it was issued, usually to hide an imperfection such as damaged edges or corners. Trimmed cards usually have very little value but in some cases such as the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, even trimmed cards can go for thousands of dollars. The most famous 'trimmed' card to date is the T206 Honus Wagner purchased by Wayne Gretzky. The card was actually too large and was trimmed down to it's proper size.

Unauthorized Issue - a card release which is not licensed by a league, a player’s association, or by a player.

Variation - a card that was printed by the manufacturer in two or more different ways.

Wax - a universal collecting term for factory-sealed packs or boxes. The term "wax" most often refers to sealed material that was originally released in the early 1990’s or back -- a time when packs were wrapped and sealed in wax paper wrappers. It can casually reference modern era packs or boxes that no longer use actual wax paper.

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1958 Hires Root Beer

Hires Root Beer issued this 66 card set back in 1958. The cards came with an attached advertising tab. Cards with their tab intact are extremely difficult to find and thus are quite expensive. The actual card size varies from 2-3/8 in. to 2-5/8 in. wide and 3-3/8 in. to 3-5/8 in. high without the tab. Cards are numbered from #10 thru #76 with #69 not issued.

The card design - a wood grain "knot hole" through which the player is viewed - is a collector's favorite and was brought back by Bowman for their 2003 Bowman Heritage product. Although small at only 66 cards, the set did contain it's share of cards of Hall-of-Famers and Superstars such as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Pee Wee Reese, Don Drysdale, Richie Ashburn, Bill Mazeroski, Duke Snider, Larry Doby, Don Newcombe and others...


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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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1969 Transogram Statues/Figurines & Cards

The 1969 Transogram Statues/Figurines set contains (60) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" blank back cards issued on the back of Transogram figurine boxes. The statues were sold in single boxes with one card and also a large box with 3 cards and figurines. Collectors absolutely love the complete boxes and even the cards themselves are becoming more and more difficult to find.

The 1969 Transogram Figurines and cards set is packed with Hall-of-Famers with the top cards belonging to Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Pete Rose and Hank Aaron

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1993 Topps Finest Refractors

In 1993 Topps raised the bar on premium cards with their 199-card issue of 'Hi-Tech' chrome like baseball cards - 1993 Topps Finest with 'Refractors'. Part of what made the 1993 Topps Finest set so appealing is that it was limited to just 199 cards instead of Topps usual 792 to 850+. 199 cards - just enough for the top 7 players per team. With the entire set filled with stars and minor stars, Topps set Finest apart as their top or ‘Finest’ set. Not only was this the 'Finest' set ever but it had only the 'Finest' players !

Randomly inserted in some of the packs were rare hi-gloss 'Refractors'. 'Refractors' looked so much like the regular card that Unless you knew what to look for you could miss them. It is thought that only 241 'Refractors' were made of each card making them one of the first and one of the scarcest insert parallel issues. 'Refractors' are in high demand even today and often get sky high prices on both graded and ungraded cards.

Set is packed with superstars like Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken, Ozzie Smith, Don Mattingly, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, George Brett, ...


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