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ASTROS (24) - 1975 Topps COMPLETE TEAM SET Baseball cardPrice = $ 17.50
Mostly EX/MT-Nr MINT
With Team card, J.R. Richard, Lee May, Jose Cruz, Larry Dierker ...
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Q5: What are some useful to know baseball card collecting terms ?
Common - any card which is not short-printed, an insert, a bonus card, or has an insertion ratio. In short, the cards that comprise the manufacturer’s basic set.
Condition - the physical appearance of a card/collectible. Centering, corner wear, photo clarity, edges, the presence of foreign material, signs of misuse are the critical components. Along with rarity/scarcity, it is a major factor in determining the value of a card or collectible.
Crease - an obvious paper wrinkle defect usually caused by bending the card [i.e.- the result of being tortured on a rear-wheel bicycle spoke during the early ‘50s and ‘60s].
Die-Cut - an insert/parallel card that differs from the basic card by a process of the manufacturer "cutting" portions of the card revealing a special design. Recent issues may also be individually and serially-numbered.
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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Chemtoy and MLB teamed up in 1970 to offer a set of major league baseball player 'superballs'.
The 285 'superball' set has 12 from each team except Minn., Chicago
and Oakland with 11 and is packed with HALL-OF-FAMERS !!!
Each 'superball' has the player's photo inside and the player's name,
team, position and Chemtoy inventory number on the back.
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1955 Topps Double-Headers (Doubleheaders)
Without a doubt this is my favorite set - PERIOD. Regular issue, test issues,
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