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1962 Topps Football Bucks
The 1962 Topps Football Bucks resembled U.S. currency and measured
1 1/4" x 4 1/4". But ... instead of Abe Lincoln staring at you,
it could be Fran Tarkenton !!!
Drawings of the player's home parks along with brief write-ups
appeared on the front. The backs included team and league logos.
Printing was done with black and green ink on off-white
(very thin) paper stock. Bucks are typically found with a fold crease
in the middle as they were inserted in packs in that manner.
The 1962 Topps Bucks were inserts in wax packs of the 1962 Topps regular
issue football cards. Player selection was super and the featured ROOKIES
of Fran Tarkenton and Mike Ditka !!! Also numerous other Hall-of-Famers
including JIM BROWN, BART STARR, Y.A. Tittle, Johnny Unitas, Lou Groza
and other greats !!!
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
1993 Topps Finest Refractors
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1993 Topps Finest Refractors checklist, values & prices.
Topps went all in in 1993 with their most premium baseball card set to date,
the famous 1993 Topps Finest set with RARE
parallel issue REFRACTORS
With only 199 cards, 7 per team, the 'Finest'
set only had room for
Rare REFRACTORS were randomly placed in some packs.
REFRACTORS looked exactly like regular cards unless you knew where
AND how to look. Tilting a REFRACTOR in sunshine released a rainbow of
colors, "refracting light" Topps scientists liked to say.
Current info is only 241 REFRACTORS were issued of each card making
this parallel issue one of the scarcest. Collecting a complete set is made
even more difficult by the hoarding of certain cards by collectors AND even
major league baseball players !
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Baseball card collecting terms (part H-R)
High Numbers - vintage cards were issued in the ‘50s-‘70s in a series. During the
baseball season, the largest number of cards were made. As the schedule
progressed into September, when there would be less interest in baseball cards
, Topps for one, specifically decreased production and hence much less product
was available. As a result, a scarcity-factor was created and a premium holds
for these first type of "short-printed" cards.
Inserts - special randomly-inserted cards which are not part of the regular set.
Many modern inserts are sequentially-numbered and rarer than the card sets into which they are inserted.
O-Pee-Chee / OPC - a subsidiary of Topps, this card issue was produced specifically for distribution
Promotional Card - generally referred to as cards issued to show what the product
will look like on release and intended to help spur future sales. Often called
a "promo" card.
Reprint - cards issued to reproduce the originals. With the current trend of
vintage reprints, the new versions have a distinguishing characteristic
evidenced by numbering.
Restored - a card or piece of memorabilia which someone has tried to return to a
"like-new" condition. A restored card is considered to be of very little
Rookie Card - any league-licensed, widely distributed card to feature a player in
his first year of trading cards.
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