Monday, August 24, 2009

1954 Topps Baseball Card Set & The Holy Grail of Cub Cards


The design of the Topps 1954 baseball card set is one of the cleanest ever. Topps was the first issue to use 2 player photos on the front of the card. This set contains 250 player cards measuring 2-5/8 x 3/3/4 (inches). A color photo of the player dominated the card with a small action shot in black and white. The larger picture was usually a head shot. The black and white action picture, while much smaller, always overlapped the foreground picture, so the full figured batting stance, swing or pitching motion was never lost. The dark green back with the white words included cartoons, called “Inside Baseball” along with stats, and a short bio of the player. The other very bothersome aspect of the backs was that they weren’t printed consistently in the same direction, so when the cards were carefully sorted, you find the fronts in all directions
Of course now it’s time to talk about the holy grail of cub cards the 1954 Topps rookie Ernie banks Arguably the single most important player in Chicago Cubs history, Ernie Banks electrified fans on the North Side when he burst onto the major league scene in 1953. Be sure to read the back of the card----quite interesting. I didn't realize that Ernie played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro League
 
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94 Ernie Banks Rookie $
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#4 Hank Sauer 40.00
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#28 Paul Minner 20.00
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#31 Johnny Klippstein 25.00
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#55 Phil Cavarretta Mgr 50.00
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#60 Frank Baumholtz 30.00
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#67 Jim Willis Rookie 40.00
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#76 Bob Scheffing Coach 25.00
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#89 Howie Pollet 25.00
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#94 Ernie Banks Rookie 2,000.00
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#229 Bob Talbot Rookie 25.00
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#243 Ray Blades Coach 25.00
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The 1953 Bowman Color baseball card set is a true classic

The 1953 Bowman Color baseball card set was printed and issued by the Bowman Gum Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953 Bowman issued two separate baseball sets, one featured the major stars of the day and was in color, while the other featured lesser known players and was in black and white. 1953 was the first modern set that contained actual color player photographs. These cards measure 2-1/2 x 3-3/4(inches) and have only the player photo on the front, no name, team or autograph facsimile, simply the player photo. The backs of these cards feature a more baseball card trend with player stats and biography info.
The high numbered cards (#113-160) are the scarcest of the set.
All of the cards in the 1953 Bowman Color set offer outstanding potential for future appreciation. in this post i will include price range for this set.

#7 Harry Chiti Rookie 60.00
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#30 Phil Cavarretta 75.00
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#42 Tommy Brown 60.00
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#48 Hank Sauer 75.00
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#71 Paul Minner 50.00
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#94 Bob Addis 60.00
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#110 Bob Rush 50.00
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#112 Toby Atwell 60.00
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#122 Bill Serena 125.00
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#144 Warren Hacker 100.00
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#154 Turk Lown 100.00
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Between Topps & Bowman color this has to be the best year for baseball cards

Sunday, August 23, 2009

1953 Topps

The 1953 Topps Baseball Card Set again featured paintings of the players and in my opinion is a more attractive card than Topps issued in 1952. 1953 Topps contains 274 player cards each measuring 2-5/8 x 3-3/4 (inches). Topps set were prints from small color paintings done from black and white photographs. Action poses were rare, with most of the cards being portraits of the players. In taking this approach, each portrait was carefully rendered by excellent artists, including Gerry Dvorak. There were no bad poses. They were all carefully handcrafted. Ultimately, this set is recognized as one of the most beautiful baseball cards sets in history.

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23 Toby Atwell $20.00
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29 Hal Jeffcoat $40.00
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39 Eddie Miksis $40.00
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46 Johnny Klippstein $20.00
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92 Paul Minner $20.00
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111 Hank Sauer $20.00
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130 Turk Lown $20.00
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144 Bob Schultz $20.00
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155 Dutch Leonard $40.00
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157 Bob Addis $20.00
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173 Preston Ward $40.00
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179 Gene Hermanski $40.00
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202 Carl Sawatski Rookie $40.00
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The 1952 Topps baseball card set is the most popular sportscard set ever produced

If you where going to start a Baseball card collection the 1952 Topps Would be it.
Measuring 2 5/8" x 3 3/4" (the standard size until 1957), the 1952 Topps issue was an innovation on both size and design. The larger size allowed for complete statistical data for each player to be printed on the reverse, the very first time this was ever done, and a tradition that continues today. The 407 card set was enormous at the time, making it the largest set if its day (surpassed in 1957 and subsequent years). Cards featured a bright and artistically drawn black and white photo on the front, with beautiful team logos adjacent to a facsimile autograph. This facsimile autograph would reappear in later Topps issues, but no set has yet recaptured the beauty of this classic set design.

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PRINT RUN 1: Cards # 1-80 'Low Numbers'

Topps printed the cards on 100 card sheets. To get the first print run to 100 cards they 'double printed' 20 cards from the series. A Double Print is a card that was printed in double the quantity compared to the other cards in the same series.

The first run of 1952 Topps included all black backs. In the second wave of printing for the first series, The final wave of printing saw the debut of the red backs. Topps must have been selling the 1952 set well at the time, because there seems to be more red backs then black backs.

Cubs with the low numbers:
16 Gene Hermanski
35 Hank Sauer

PRINT RUN 2: Cards #81-131
These cards would start off with the red backs and that would be the norm for the rest of the prints.
50 single print, and 50 double print cards make up print run #2. and are probably the most common 1952 cards on the market today

Cubs with with print run 2
105 John Pramesa
110 Dutch Leonard
114 Willard Ramsdell
127 Paul Minner

PRINT RUN 3:Cards #131-190
These cards have the distinction of being printed using white and gray back cardboard.
20 single print cards and 40 double print cards.

Cubs with with print run 3
148 Johnny Klippstein
153 Bob Rush
157 Bob Usher
164 Walt Dubiel
172 Eddie Miksis
173 Roy Smalley
184 Bob Ramazzotti

PRINT RUN 4: Cards #191-250
All of the cards in this print run seem to have been printed in a similar fashion with few, if any, variance.
The 4th print run featured 20 single print cards and 40 double print cards. The 3rd and 4th print runs are plagued with paper chipping that leads to poor grades.

Cubs with with print run 4
194 Joe Hatten
204 Ron Northey
224 Bruce Edwards
225 Frank Baumholtz

PRINT RUN 5: Cards #251-310
contained numerous short print cards. Cards 281 through 300 of the print run actually carry a premium in some price guides.
Print run number 5 for the 1952 Topps set had 40 double print cards, and 20 single print cards
Cubs with with print run 5
259 Bob Addis
295 Phil Cavarretta

PRINT RUN 6: Cards #311-407 'High Numbers'

The most famous print run of 1952 Topps baseball is by far the sixth series. The run had 94 single print cards and 6 double print cards.

Topps issued this print run after the baseball season was over. Rumors are they were mostly sold in Canada. Topps had so many left over they even packed them onto a boat and dumped them into the Atlantic Ocean.

Because so many cards of the sixth series where destroyed,
they now carry a premium as they are the scarcer of all the series

Cubs with with print run 6
322 Randy Jackson
324 Warren Hacker
325 Bill Serena
330 Turk Lown
341 Hal Jeffcoat
348 Bob Kelly
356 Toby Atwell
359 Dee Fondy Jr
401 Bob Schultz


16 Gene Hermanski
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35 Hank Sauer
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105 John Pramesa
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110 Dutch Leonard
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114 Willard Ramsdell
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127 Paul Minner
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148 Johnny Klippstein
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153 Bob Rush
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157 Bob Usher
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164 Walt Dubiel
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172 Eddie Miksis
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173 Roy Smalley
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184 Bob Ramazzotti
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194 Joe Hatten
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204 Ron Northey
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224 Bruce Edwards
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225 Frank Baumholtz
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259 Bob Addis
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295 Phil Cavarretta
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322 Randy Jackson
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324 Warren Hacker
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325 Bill Serena
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330 Turk Lown
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341 Hal Jeffcoat
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348 Bob Kelly
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356 Toby Atwell
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359 Dee Fondy Jr
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401 Bob Schultz
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Of course the 52 Topps are the mostly counterfit series around.If the card has been graded by any service other than PSA, GAI, SGC or Beckett, it is generally not a real card or altered. All cards graded by PRO, GEM, AAA, PCG, MINT or any other grading service you've never heard of should be completely avoided. These companies do not look for alterations and many do not bother to detect the authenticity. PRO and GEM have a reputation in the industry as the holders of choice for altered cards. A huge majority of cards found in PRO and GEM holders have been altered.