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1960 Topps #318 Jim Baxes (Indians) Baseball card

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Q6: What are some additional useful to know baseball card collecting terms ?

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Error Card - essentially, a card with a wrong player photo, inaccurate bio, or any characteristic that separates it from correctivity. Baseball card history is rich with such mutations. Anything from the 1957 Topps "reversed negative" picturing Hank Aaron in his opposite batting stance, to the infamous 1983 Fleer Billy Ripken "obscenity" card which depicted a not-so-politically correct 4-letter word at the end of his bat handle.

Extended Set - Also frequently called Update Set or Traded Set.
defined as a set issued after a company’s original release to "update" the regular set and include players traded to another team and shown in their current uniform, or rookie cards of players featured in a single-photo.

Facsimile Autograph - a simulated autograph printed on a card designed to show what the player’s actual signature looks like. These are NOT the player’s "real" autograph.

Factory Set - a complete set in a special box and wrapped with a protective covering produced by the manufacturer, usually with a unique seal and sold directly to dealers or card shop owners and not available through the usual retail outlets.

Grade - the physical condition assigned to a card, either by a price guide, or through the assessment made by sellers.

Graded Card - a card which has been assessed for condition by an independent source and given a ranking, with 10 being the best. The card is then placed in a hermetically-sealed plastic holder with the grade designation and player name, card company, card number, and serial number printed on the encasement.

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1956 Topps Baseball Cards

1956 Topps Wax Box 1956 Topps Wax Pack I have a fondness for the 1956 Topps issue. When I first started collecting back in 1964, my friends and I would wander nearby neighborhoods in search of "old cards". Back then, the oldest cards we ever found in dealing with other kids were 1957 Topps.

Eventually I saw my first 1956 Topps card - I was hooked. It was larger, on a thicker, fluffier card stock making it look much, much older compared to 1957 than just 1 year. We thought they looked "ancient" !!!

I changed neighborhoods in 1966 leaving my childhood friends behind. Before I left, I gave away all my cards except for a small cigar box full of my favorites - and I stopped collecting. I had a great 3 year run but I sure wish I would have been collecting in 1966 and 1967 with those tough high numbers. I would have loved to have had a cigar box full of them in place of my hoard of 1964 Topps Felix Mantilla and Gary Peters cards.

The regular 1956 Topps baseball card set is one of my favorites. Topps again went with a slightly larger (3-3/4" by 2 5/8") horizontal card design, similar to their 1955 Topps cards. Several of the portraits are even the same used on 1955 Topps cards some even back to 1954 Topps.

1956 Topps was the first issue to feature team cards and checklists. In addition Topps also included cards of the 2 league presidents, William Harridge and Warren Giles.

With Bowman now gone, Topps could again make cards of Mickey Mantle who was missing from Topps issues since 1953. Once you get past Mickey Mantle, this is a fun and relatively simple set to complete as there are no high numbers or extremely expensive rookie cards with Hall-of-Famer Luis Aparicio being the top rookie.

The set contains over 200 variations making things quite interesting for master set collectors. Most variations deal with the card stock (gray and white card back variations).
Cards #1-100 gray backs are scarcer with a slight premium
Cards #101-180 white backs are much scarcer with a larger premium
... rumor has it gray outnumbers white about 9-to-1 in the above run.

There are also several cards that have color line variations on the card front. Most notably is the Ted Williams card which has either no line over his name or a thin green, red, blue, or yellow line between the white border for a total of five variations. Whitey Ford and Early Wynn also have no line or a thin red or yellow line. In addition, many team cards had 3 different variations with the team name either on the Left, Centered or Right.

1956 Topps Hank Aaron 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle
The only errors in the set are a handful of uncorrected errors the most famous of which is card #31 of Hank Aaron which actually pictures Willie Mays sliding into home. Card #135 Mickey Mantle is also an interesting card. The card pictures Mantle leaping high into the stands trying to catch a home run ball. The artist did a great job and Mantle makes the catch !!! An awesome play to put on this great card - right ? Only problem is that on the real play, Mantle missed the ball. 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle Catch
And as always for vintage Topps sets, take a quick look at Don Mossi and his famous ears !

Collectors of 1956 Topps should also take a look at their side issue '1956 Topps Pins'. In addition to their 1956 Topps baseball card set, Topps released their 1956 Topps Pins set using the same portrait photos as the cards. In the end, collectors of the day preferred cards to pins and Topps cut back the 1956 Topps Pin set from a planned 90 pins to just 60.
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1963 Topps Peel-Offs (stickers)

Another of the interesting Topps Issues of the 1960's !
Topps inserted these Peel-Offs (stickers) also called Stick-Ons in several of series of their 1963 Topps baseball cards. Interestingly, the Peel-Offs inserts were not mentioned or advertised on wax pack wrappers in 1963.

The complete 1963 Topps Peel-oFFs set is packed with HALL-OF-FAMERS and contains 46 stickers measuring 1-1/4" x 2-3/4". The Peel-Offs come in 2 distinct variations. They can be found either with instructions printed on the back or the much scarcer blank-back variation.

The Peel-Offs have with an approx. 3/16" "white" band running left to right across the mug shot. This band appears to be lighter than the printing above and below it. Theory is that it is an aging effect caused by the backing strip.

TOP STARS: Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Stan Musial, Al Kaline, Carl Yastrzemski, Ernie Banks and tons MORE !!!

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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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Autographed Gateway Cachets

Gateway Stamp Company calls itself the "ambassadors to the world" for authentic autographs from some of the world's most prominent sports and political figures. They have provided collectors with over 1 MILLION autographs over the last 29 years. Below is their story.

Silk Cachets from Gateway Stamp Company
Even though we are a "stamp company," we have seldom dealt in stamps, even though that was our original plan. Instead, you are being introduced to one of the world's most unique and best kept secrets in autograph collecting. Gateway has combined the very best in art, color photographs, history and personal autographs, resulting in fantastic full-color silk cachet envelopes, providing joyous memories and value to thousands of customers.

Gateway's vast list of clients began with Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock. Gateway created a set of envelopes postmarked in the city where he tied and broke Ty Cobb's all-time stolen base record, which was to be only a one-time idea. Gateway asked Lou to sign only 100 envelopes, but he countered our proposal with the offer to sign 2,500. When advertised in THE SPORTING NEWS, Gateway's full-color silk cachet envelopes postmarked August 29, 1977, in San Diego, CA, and personally AUTOGRAPHED by Lou Brock, became an immediate smash. Discovered quite by accident, the response to our first issue taught us that sports and autograph collectors around the United States were receptive to a new form of art, history and collectibility - the full-color silk cachet envelope.

WHAT ARE FULL-COLOR SILK CACHETS?
The dictionary defines "cachet" as a message or design on an envelope marking a postal event. In our case, "full-color silk" refers to the very delicate material into which the very finest in original art and photography are printed, bringing to life the whole purpose of the envelope. Once printed, each silk is applied BY HAND very carefully and lovingly. In essence, every cachet becomes a hand crafted work of art. Our artists are among the world's best portrayers of human likeness, combined with endless background imagination.

Most Gateway silks are actual game photographs. Being in the right place at the right time, Gateway has captured hundreds of record-breaking events and memorable moments, including no-hitters, historic swings of the bat, such as Pete Rose's all-time hit record, Reggie Jackson's 500th home run, and Kirk Gibson's climactic 1988 World Series homer. Full-color action photos preserve and deliver the real sense of history, along with the fluid writing skill of Gateway's editors.

WHY POSTMARKS?
The key to EVERY Gateway project is the postmark. As avid stamp collectors, we can tell anyone THE BEST WAY TO MARK A DATE IN HISTORY IS WITH A POSTMARK. In order to capture any date in history, our stamped envelopes MUST be in Postal Service hands by MIDNIGHT of the date involved, or we forever lose access to the all-important postmark. Required to reach a city's post office before midnight, some, especially no-hitters, we missed. Sometimes short notice has restricted our ability to acquire sufficient numbers of postmarks to satisfy every customer, resulting in true scarcities and some exciting auctions. Not only are postmarks the most official means of dating a Gateway envelope, the rules governing the granting of postmarks GUARANTEE that NO Gateway issue can EVER be reproduced, reprinted, or re-issued in any way.

WHAT ABOUT PRICES AND VALUES?
We introduce every new product at moderate introductory prices to enable our dedicated customers to afford not just ONE but EVERY Gateway envelope, thus creating a long and fabulous collection of personally autographed records of the last twenty years' most important sporting events. We love to see our $24.95 products eventually rise in value to hundreds of dollars IN THE HANDS OF OUR CUSTOMERS. Once an original issue of 500 - 1,500 sells out, we have NO CONTROL over the secondary market.

Once you look at our certified, dated, autographed collectible works of art you will begin to see how the Gateway collection has become not only one of the most enjoyable collections of autographed material, but one of the most valuable. Comparing autographed Gateways to autographed photos or other memorabilia is like comparing apples to oranges. The key to gauging the value of a Gateway envelope is first recognizing the now-famous Gateway "Gold Arch" logo with "Gs" on the inside. That logo guarantees the source and authenticity of every envelope. While most Gateways are unnumbered, this company can verify every stated edition size by Postal Service records. When it comes to the authenticity of our autographs, we have a long and trusted relationship with sports, political, and other celebrities that guarantees us access. It is Gateway's dedication to principle that has enabled us to expand that first Lou Brock edition into hundreds of all-time classic editions, including our association with THREE U.S. PRESIDENTS (GERALD FORD, JIMMY CARTER, AND GEORGE BUSH), as well as former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Purchasing any Gateway envelope automatically ensures your opportunity for tomorrow's history at original prices.


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