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WAYNE GRETZKY - 1998 Be a Player GAME-USED STICK (Rangers)
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WOW!!! An authentic piece of a hockey stick used by THE GREAT ONE!!! Check out the scan, this is an awesome memorabilia card !!!
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1974 Topps DECKLE EDGE
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This scarce 72-card test issue set was released with very limited East Coast distribution making them quite scarce. Officially simply called "Topps Baseball Photos", their serrated or "DECKLED" edge gave them the name they go by today. The 2 7/8" x 5" inch cards were sold in 2 card packs with gum or 3 card packs without for 5 cents.
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Fronts are similar to b&w Exhibit Postcards from the 50's with photos and facsimile autographs. The backs make this very scarce test issue more interesting ! They feature handwritten script of player's name, team, position & date and location of the photograph as well as a mock newspaper article.

This was Topps 2nd "Deckle Edge" issue, their first being the smaller and more common 1969 Topps Deckle Edge inserts in 1969 Topps packs.

Variations of 1974 Topps Deckle Edge exist, making this issue more fun and challenging to collect. Backs can be found in gray or a much scarcer white. Also, more limited proof versions with non-scalloped edges exist and can be found with and without card numbers.

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Autographed 1961 Topps Baseball Cards
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Following autographs have auction house LOA's (Letter of Authenticity) from hobby's top vintage card authenticators for auction houses PSA/DNA & James Spence !!!

The 1961 Topps baseball card set (#1-#598) only had 587 cards because of missing numbers. Also there are 2 cards #463 (#463 Braves Team card was to be card #426). The 1961 Topps set was packed with "subsets":
League Leaders cards, World Series cards, Highlights, MVP's, Checklists (7 cards plus variations), Team cards, Special Multi-Player cards, Managers, Sporting News All-Stars & Topps Rookie All-Star Trophies
1961 Topps was the FIRST cards with the popular Topps Rookie All-Star Award Trophies. "High Number" cards (#523-#589) are very scarce. Adding to the expense of building a 1961 Topps set - Mickey Mantle was on (6) cards.

Ugh !!! The 1961 Topps capless players !!! Picture your grand-dad. Without a cap. Life was obviously tougher back then.
Baseball expansion led to problem, Los Angeles Angels added, Washington Senators became Minnesota Twins, and Washington got new Senators franchise.

Topps released 3 other sets in 1961: Topps Dice Game, Topps Magic Rub-Offs & Topps Stamps.

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Auction's most costly vintage baseball cards



The history of vintage baseball card auctions is long and colorful.

The T-206 Honus Wagner tobacco card has sold for upto $2.8 million in auction. Called the "Holy Grail of Sports Cards", to me 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 it's size and scarcities, not many collector's ever try to complete, which should keep auction competition way 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 likkely have heard of PSA and may even know that this card was the FIRST they ever graded. But did you know dealer (B.l. .ast.o) admitted tampering with the card, perhaps trimming it down to size, before PSA graded it so highly for the auction.

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Q3: Are sports cards valuable ?

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 !

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