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Autographed Gateway Cachets
Gateway Stamp Company has provided collectors well over 1 MILLION
authenticated certified autographs over the last 30 years.
Silk Cachets from Gateway Stamp Company
Even though a "stamp company", Gateway rarely dealt in stamps, going down
a new and creative road becoming one of the world's most unique secrets in
autograph collecting combining the best in art, color photographs, history
and autographs with their full-color silk cachet envelopes. Gateway's first
client was Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock with hundreds to follow.
WHAT ARE FULL-COLOR SILK CACHETS?
A "cachet" is a message or design on an envelope marking a postal event.
"Full-color silk" refers to the delicate material into which the
original art and photography are printed. After which each silk is applied
to the envelope, signed by the player and then officially post-marked by the
U.S. Post Office IN THE CITY OF THE EVENT !!!
The key to EVERY Gateway cachet is the postmark.The best way to mark a date
in history is with a postmark. The rules governing the granting of
postmarks GUARANTEE that NO Gateway issue can EVER be re-issued protecting
the value of the autographed, postmarked cachets !!!
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
Checklist & Values
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
Starting approximately in 1886, sportscards, mostly baseball cards, were often
included with tobacco products, for promotional purposes and also because the
card reinforced the packaging and protected cigarettes from damage. These sports
cards are referred to as tobacco cards in the baseball card hobby. Over the next
few years many different companies produced baseball cards. Tobacco cards soon
started to disappear as the American Tobacco Company tried to develop a monopoly
by buying out other companies.
They were reintroduced in the 1900s, as American Tobacco came under pressure from
antitrust action and Turkish competition. The most famous and most expensive,
baseball card is the rare T206 Honus Wagner. The card exists in very limited
quantities compared to others of its type because Wagner forced the card to be
removed from printing. It is widely (and incorrectly) believed that Wagner did
so because he refused to promote tobacco, but the true explanation lies in a
dispute over compensation.
Soon other companies also began producing baseball and football cards. Sports magazines
such as The Sporting News were early entries to the market. Candy manufacturers
soon joined the fray and reflected a shift toward a younger target audience for cards.
Caramel companies were particularly active and baseball cards were one of the first
prizes to be included in Cracker Jacks. World War I soon suppressed baseball card
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