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1975 Topps #616 Jim Rice ROOKIE [#a] (Red Sox) Baseball cardPrice = $ 34.95
NEAR MINT to NM/MINT
With Dave Augustine (Pirates), Pepe Mangual (Expos), John Scott (Padres)
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Q1: How long have sports cards been around ?
Baseball card production was virtually halted in the early 1940's due to paper shortages created by World War II. The "Modern Era" of baseball cards began in 1948 when Bowman Gum Inc. offered one card and one piece of gum in a pack for a penny.
The first important football set was the Mayo set featuring college players in 1984. Other than the 1935 National Chicle set no other key football set was issued until 1948 when noth Bowman and Leaf produced sets.
1955 Topps Double-Headers (Doubleheaders)
Without a doubt this is my favorite set - PERIOD. Regular issue, test issues,
inserts ... whatever ... this is # 1 !!!
1974 Topps DECKLE EDGEThis 72-card test issue set was released with a very limited distribution only the East Coast around Massachusetts making them quite scarce. They were officially simply called "Topps Baseball Photos" but their serrated or "DECKLED" edge gave them the name they go by today. The 2 7/8" x 5" inch cards were sold in either a 2 card pack with gum or a 3 card pack with no gum for 5 cents.
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The fronts look similar to the black and white Exhibit Postcards from the 50's and 60's featuring a photo with a facsimile blue autograph. The backs make this very scarce test issue even more interesting ! They feature handwritten script of the player's name, team, position & date and location of the photograph as well as a mock newspaper article on the player's career.
This was Topps 2nd "Deckle Edge" issue, their first being the smaller and much more common 1969 Topps Deckle Edge which were inserts in certain 1969 Topps packs.
Variations of 1974 Topps Deckle Edge do exist, making this issue even more fun and challenging to collect. The backs can be found in either gray or a much scarcer white version. Also, a more limited proof version with non-scalloped edges exists and can be found with and without card numbers.
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Auction's most costly vintage baseball cards
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The 1909-1911 T-206 Honus Wagner tobacco card has been auctioned
reaching as high as 2.8 million in one auction.
Often called the "Holy Grail of Sports Cards", to me it's
super-high auction value can mostly be attributed to good PR and
"auction fever". It is not even close to being the rarest baseball
card and Honus Wagner was not the most popular or important player.
Yes, the T-206 set is beautiful and special in it's own right but because
of it's huge size and many scarcities, it is not one many collector's
ever try to complete, which should keep auction competition way down
compared to say the 1933 Goudey or 1952 Topps baseball card issues.
There is a back story about Wagner banning his card because of his anti-tobacco stance but there are other stories about a more financial consideration.
I am sure you have all heard of the grading company PSA. You may also already have heard that this card was the FIRST card graded by PSA. But did you know that a dealer (B... .a...o) admitted in court to tampering with the card, perhaps by trimming it down to size, before PSA graded it so highly before it was placed in the auction ?
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