Sunday, December 27, 2009

1957 Topps

For the first time, Topps issued the ‘57 set with actual color photographs, not just the handcolored black and white photos of earlier years. The crisp, clean card design is coupled with the gorgeous color photos to make one of the most attractive sets Topps has ever produced. Topps shrunk the size of its card to the now standard 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 (inches) The backs of these cards contain a player bio and complete player statistics along with a cartoon.

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16 Walt Moryn 10.00
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42 Dee Fondy Jr 15.00
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55 Ernie Banks 200.00
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74 Vito Valentinetti 15.00
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84 Moe Drabowsky 20.00
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134 Don Kaiser 10.00
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137 Bob Rush 10.00
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155 Jim Brosnan 20.00
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159 Solly Drake 10.00
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176 Gene Baker correct sp 20.00
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176 Gene Baker m/s Bakep on bk 400.00
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183 Chicago Cubs Team 20.00
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186 Jim King 15.00
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218 Ray Jablonski 10.00
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235 Tom Poholsky 10.00
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247 Turk Lown 10.00
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255 Charlie Silvera 15.00
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268 Jackie Collum 20.00
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289 Jim Bolger 12.00
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339 Bob Speake 25.00
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346 Dick Littlefield 25.00
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351 Dave Hillman 25.00
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353 Cal Neeman Rookie 10.00
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371 Bob Lennon 10.00
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378 Elmer Singleton 10.00
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396 Casey Wise 10.00
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Sunday, November 1, 2009

1956 Topps

The 1956 Topps Baseball card set is considered by many to be one of the most attractive and highly desired sets ever produced.

The 1956 Topps baseball card set contains 340 numbered cards along with 2 unnumbered checklists and has the official set designation of R414-11. This was the first year that checklists and team cards appeared in a set. The set is broken down into four series
Series One cards 1 thru 100
Series Two cards 101 thru 180
Series Three cards 181-260
and Series Four cards 261-340

Series One and Series Three cards can be found on one checklist while Series Two and Series Four cards are found on the other. The checklists are very appealing with their red, white, and blue front colors and orange, brown, and grey back colors. As is true with all checklists, finding one that is unmarked has always been the challenge.

During production, the 1956 cards were printed 110 to a factory sheet. With the finding of an uncut sheet,it is known that the #15 Ernie Banks and #66 Bob Speake are DOUBLE PRINT- A card that shows two printings by an accidental error from the printing factory. Since they are mistakes, collectors love to collect error cards

The 1956 Topps baseball cards could be purchased in either one card penny packs or six card nickel packs. Twenty four nickel packs made up a box and 24 boxes were in a case. The penny and nickel pack wax wrappers both have yellow backgrounds with the nickel pack showing a single drawn player and the penny pack with two drawn players. The nickel pack has advertisement such as Bazooka Gum while the one cent pack does not. Both packs are extremely hard to find unopened and the few that are out there demand a very high premium.

Like the 1955 Topps set before, it the card dimensions measure 2 5/8” by 3 ¾” with a horizontal front and back format while using the same card stock thickness. But, unlike the 1955 set, the front of the 1956 card is not as glossy in appearance but has a more grainy look to it. The front of the player cards depict 2 photos, one which is an up close head shot imposed on an action or posed background photo with that particular players facsimile signature in black. Some of the same close up player head shots appear on Topps cards from both 1954 and 1955.

It’s important to note that, in 1956, Topps had one part time photographer and a limited amount of available pictures to use. The card front is ringed by a solid white border which may vary due to the way the card was factory cut. Either at the upper left or upper right of the card will be two colored boxes within a white bordered box. The upper box contains the players name in white lettering against a colored background, which is one of six different colors, red, blue, orange, green, black, or light blue. The lower box contains the player’s position and his team name in black lettering with a background color of yellow, orange, blue, or green.

Cards 1 thru 180 have either white or gray backs with the first 100 cards containing more white backs while the last 80 cards contain more gray back examples.
The remaining 160 cards in the set are all of the gray back variety.
The back of a player’s card lists a wealth of information. The top portion contains the card number, the players name, height, weight, and home along with his position, team, the way he throws and bats and his birthdate. The middle section of the card takes up nearly half of the card back and has three colorful cartoons depicting different career highlights or personal information. The lower section of the card back supplies that player’s statistical information from the previous season and his career totals from the major or minor leagues. Fielding information is listed on a number of cards but not all. The colors on the card backs are gray, white, black, red, dark green and light green.

Cubs team card comes with three different variations and two of those have gray and white back variations. The three team card variations have either the team name centered on the front of the card, are dated with the year 1955, or have the team name to the far left. The dated example are valued the highest followed by the team name to the left and then the centered team name version.

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11 Chicago Cubs Team (undated) 35.00
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15 Ernie Banks 125.00
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41 Hank Sauer 20.00
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66 Bob Speake 15.00
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74 Jim King 15.00
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96 Bill Tremel 15.00
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102 Jim Davis 18.00
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112 Dee Fondy Jr 18.00
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124 Don Kaiser 18.00
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142 Gene Baker 18.00
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179 Harry Chiti 18.00
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182 Paul Minner 18.00
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194 Monte Irvin 35.00
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214 Bob Rush 18.00
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227 Russ Meyer 18.00
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259 Sam Jones 20.00
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282 Warren Hacker 18.00
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285 Eddie Miksis 15.00
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291 Frank Kellert 15.00
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314 Hobie Landrith 15.00
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335 Don Hoak 15.00
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Monday, October 5, 2009

1955 Doubleheaders Topps first sub-set & Topps regular issue

1955 Topps Double-Headers (Doubleheaders)
Patterned after the famous Mecca Double Folders issued in the early 1900's, these colorful 2 1/16" x 4 7/8" cards are actually 2-cards-in-1! Each one featured a main image with "reusable legs," inviting collectors to fold the top half over and see the alternate player, check photo's. Card backs included brief stats for both.

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#28 Jim Davis-back of card right photo
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#31 Howie Pollet / #32 Ernie Banks
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#102 Bill Tremel
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#103 Hank Sauer
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#117 Steve Bilko
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Interesting enough on their own, Topps' Doubleheader artist upped the ante by including contiguous stadium scenes on the background of consecutive cards. Can you pick out some of the differant old time stadiums like Ebbets Field, Yankee Stadium and Fenway can you spot Wrigley field?
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1955 Regular
You might notice that the 1955 issue is almost identical to the '54 issue with the player portraits and action shots but you will also notice that this year Topps used a horizontal layout,instead of the standard vertical orientation for the very first time. This is one of Topps' most vibrant sets ever produced. Cards in this set measure 2 5/8" x 3 3/4", and number from 1 to 210 Topps once again utilized a facsimile autograph on the front of the card, along with artfully drawn team logos. This was the first year Topps had toyed with "subsets", and in 1955 two can be found 1955 Topps Double Header (66 cards), and 1955 Topps Test Stamps (21 cards).sold separately The "high" series (cards 161-210) are much more difficult to obtain than cards 1-160.
1955 was the final year for Bowman that is why the Topps issued the smallest set ever. Cards in this set came in 1 card penny wax packs, 6 card nickel wax packs, and 15 card cello packs. Wax boxes contain 36 wax packs

6 Stan Hack Mgr Rookie 40.00
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28 Ernie Banks 300.00
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45 Hank Sauer 25.00
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52 Bill Tremel Rookie 20.00
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68 Jim Davis Rookie 20.00
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76 Howie Pollet 20.00
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93 Steve Bilko 20.00
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129 Elvin Tappe 20.00
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172 Frank Baumholtz 20.00
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179 Jim Bolger 40.00
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184 Harry Perkowski 20.00
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196 Gale Wade 40.00
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