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Vintage Topps 1956 Baseball Cards
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1956 Topps were slightly larger (3-3/4" by 2 5/8") horizontal cards
similar to 1955 Topps cards, some even sharing portraits with 1954 and 1955
Topps cards. Team cards & checklists appeared for the first time in 1956.
With Bowman gone, after missing the last 3 years, Mickey Mantle was back !!!
A fun & simple set, 1956 Topps had no high numbers or expensive rookies
but for serious 1956 collectors, there are over 200 variations.
Most variations deal with card stock (gray or white back).
For #101-180 gray appears to outnumber white about 9-to-1.
Many team cards had 2 or 3 variations with team names
Left, Center or Right.
There are 2 great cards: #31 Hank Aaron which actually pictures Willie Mays
sliding home and #135 Mickey Mantle.
Mantle shown leaping high into the stands robbing a home run !
Artist did a great job showing Mantle making the catch !
BUT ... Mantle looked great leaping but the ball flew over his glove.
The 1956 Topps Pins used same portrait photos as the cards.
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1956 Topps Pins Checklist and Prices
1956 Topps Baseball card checklist, values and prices.
1974 Topps Stamps
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1974 Topps Stamps set had (240) 1x1-1/2 inch stamps, 10/team.
Issued in 12-stamp panels in diff. combos of rows for
24 DIFFERENT panels in a complete 1974 Topps Stamps PANEL set.
NOTE: Your favorite may be on 2 different panels !!!
Set suffers from HORRIBLE centering and bad perforations.
1969/1974 Topps stamps are very similar except:
1974's oval vs 1969's banner.
1974 Topps Mini-Albums - seen - perhaps not released.
PACKED! Ryan, Aaron, Bench...
With Pete Rose and seldom seen Winfield & Parker rookies.
1974 Topps Baseball Stamps
1961 Topps Baseball Stamps
1962 Topps Baseball Stamps
1969 Topps Baseball Stamps
1991 Cardboard Dreams Baseball Cards
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1991 Cardboard Dreams Baseball card listings
Neat little oddball set with interesting fronts & backs with a very
unusual mix of players.
Cards issued as promotional lead-in for "Cardboard Dreams" a new soon to be
issued sportscard magazine. The cards were given out at Southern California
and a couple of larger regional baseball card shows in random 1-card packs.
Shortly before magazine's 1st issue, MLB began several lawsuits against
similar magazines. Soon after, plans for the magazine were dropped leaving
just the small run of promotional cards (said to be 5,000) and some
SERIES 1 SERIES 2
#1 Willie Mays # 9 Mickey Mantle
#2 Nolan Ryan #10 Nolan Ryan & Sandy Koufax
#3 Tony Gwynn #11 Frank Thomas & David Justice
#4 Wayne Gretzky #12 Brett Hull
#5 Jose Canseco/Madonna #13 Ted Williams & Joe DiMaggio
#6 Ken Griffey Jr #14 Barry Sanders
#7 Bo Jackson #15 Dan Marino
#8 Michael Jordan #16 Magic Johnson & Larry Bird
Promo/Prototype #1: Nolan Ryan / Wayne Gretzky / Bo Jackson / Jose Canseco & Madonna
Promo/Prototype #2: Mickey Mantle / Nolan Ryan & Sandy Koufax
Ted Williams & Joe DiMaggio / David Justice & Frank Thomas
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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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