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Topps Vault & Proofs
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Topps Vault, Proofs & Blank-Backs
Auctioneer Guernsey's went thru Topps offices gathering over 3,000
items for the auction. Topps spokesman reported auction sales of
OVER $1.5 million !!! Additional sales were made from a mail-only
auction. Collector Keith Olbermann, at the auction, described it
as an archaeological dig.
Topps archive material continued to accumulate after the auction
ending up with another treasure of over 250,000 transparencies,
uncut sheets, color separations, art, photos, slides, proof sheets
& wrappers, canceled checks, contracts and one-of-a-kind
items to sell.
Note: You may be on that page right now.
1968 Topps Action All-Star Stickers
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Another awesome Topps test issue !!!
Trying to catch the fancy of young collectors, Topps issued the
"Baseball Action Stickers" set, also called "Action All-Stars Stickers".
1968 was huge year for Topps with test/oddball issues of
Game cards, Player Posters, 3-D cards, Plaks, Discs and Punchouts.
Topps 1968 "Baseball Action Stickers" were 3-panel sticker strips with
PACKED with STARS: Mantle, Mays, Clemente ...
(16) different three-panel stickers were in set but only 12
are totally different. #13 thru #16 re-used panels from #1 thru #12.
Each strip had (3) panels perforated at joint with a large player image
in center and smaller pictures of players top & bottom.
Some stickers had facsimile autographs.
Strip was folded along perfs and placed in packs.
Sold in 10 cent 1-sticker packs with 12 packs/box, sets could be made
for $1.60. Today, more than a mid four figures is needed with just
the Mantle panel going for around $2,000.
Collectors often collect just individual panels as complete strips are
so scarce, fragile & EXPENSIVE.
The single panels are quite scarce themselves - in 20+ years PSA
has graded over 200 TOTAL with pop reports as low as 4 to 5 of most.
Compare that to over thousand 1952 Topps Mickey Mantles !!!
Proof sheets have shown up.
This sheet is missing the facsimile autographs.
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1968 Topps Action All-Star Stickers baseball cards Checklist and Prices
Another interesting issue
1960 Pirates Tag-Ons Baseball Stickers
1985 Leaf Baseball
In 1985 Donruss created a special version of its baseball cards
(1985 Leaf) in an attempt to enter the Canadian baseball card market.
Except for the addition of a colorful green leaf, the card fronts
were virtually identical to Donruss cards. The most interesting
difference occurred on the back where the Leaf cards featured
text in both French and English !
At only 264 cards, the Leaf set was much smaller than Donruss with it's
660 cards. But ... because of it's smaller set size the Leaf
set has a much higher percentage of star cards. There was also
a special two-card "Canadian Greats" subset with paintings of Dave Stieb and
Top rookies are: Roger Clemens, Kirby Puckett, Orel Hershiser,
Dwight Gooden and Mark Lamgston.
Baseball card collecting terms (part G)
Grade/Condition Centering, corner wear, photo clarity, edges,
creases, print flaws ... all combine to determine a card's condition or grade.
Along with rarity/scarcity it is the major factor in a card's value.
Graded Card As values increased the condition of cards and the
determination of fakes and alterations became increasingly more important.
Various companies became "graders" of your cards. For a fee they would grade
your card (usually on a 1 to 10 scale) and then placed in a sealed plastic
holder with labelling of the vital information.
From past experiences, most people are NOT HAPPY with the grades they receive.
To keep values up, graders can be extremely picky. Things you don't see,
they do so don't be surprized when the NEAR MINT card you send in ends up
with an EX or EX/MINT grade.
There are TOO many grading companies - if you do, do choose carefully.
PSA / SGC / GAI / BGS are some of the many companies.
It is good to know that getting a card graded by a company that people
do not recognize or respect will usually just cost you time and money
and not help you in any way.
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