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Monarch Corona


Monarch Corona

Collector score: **** (4  Stars)

Prices reflect value in Near Mint condition

It’s no accident that these cards have a lot in common with the Miller Press cards. They were produced by Allen Miller Jr.  of Monarch Corona Printing.  Like the original Millers, these cards have been given away over the years as printing samples and donated to charity auctions.  Leftover samples, usually 50-100 of each card, are sold on consignment by a couple of eBay card dealers.  Most of the images used are colorized black & white photos, and the work seems to be nicely done.  Because they are samples intended to generate printing sales, the cards usually feature thick glossy UV coating and brilliant inks.  Of all of the modern cards created by hobbyists, the Monarch Corona cards are the most likely to become highly valuable collectibles in the future. This is due to the fact that their production runs are well-documented, designs are above average, subject matter is interesting, low numbers are produced, and a number of interesting subsets exist.  One negative factor is that the subsets seem to end prematurely. The Legacy Series was supposed to be a large series of historical figures, but ended after only 9 cards were released.  The American Pastime series ended after only six cards were made.  The Super Toys series, which feature backs written by Allen Miller Sr. in the 1970s for a toy company, was supposed to be a 75 card set, but to date, only 7 of them have been printed.  It’s as if they grow tired of a design format and simply abandon it. If not for that practice, Monarch Corona would receive 5 stars.

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First Series of 16 cards (200 printed, 3.5 x 2.5):
#01  1952  Satchel Paige, St. Louis Browns   $20.00
#02  1946 Hal Newhouser, Detroit Tigers   $6.00
#03  1933 Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia athletics   $10.00
#04  1971 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates   $15.00
#05  1952 Charley Pride, Memphis Red Sox Negro League    $25.00
#06  1859 Paul Morphy, World Chess Champion    $15.00
#07  1923 Lou Gehrig, Pitcher, Columbia University    $15.00
#08  1878 Bob “Death to Flying Things” Ferguson   $6.00
#09  1926 Pete Alexander, St. Louis Cardinals    $8.00
#10  1946 Moe Berg, Spy – Boston Red Sox    $10.00
#11  1933 Joe Cronin, Mgr/SS Boston Red Sox   $6.00
#12  1905 Ty Cobb star rookie, Detroit Tigers   $12.00
#13  1973 Pete Rose, MVP, Cincinnati Reds    $12.00
#14  1969 Nolan Ryan, New York Mets   $10.00
#15  1959 Johnny Unitas, MVP, Baltimore Colts   $15.00
#16  1920 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees   $12.00

(A very few of each card in the series above are signed on the back by Allen Miller Jr. – who designed them.  Signed examples are generally considered to be worth twice as much.)

MVPs of 1953 Series (200 printed, 3.5 x 2.5):
1953 New York Yankees Team Card, Yogi Berra #53A1     $6.00
1953 Al Rosen, American League Top Hitter #53A2    $4.00
1953 Tigers Rookies Kaline Bertoia Lary #53A3     $8.00
1953 Ed Lopat, American League Top Pitcher #53A4    $4.00
1953 Brooklyn Dodgers Team Card, Gil Hodges #53N1    $6.00
1953 Frank Thomas, National League Top Rookie #53N2    $4.00
1953 Ed Mathews, National League Top Hitter  #53N3    $8.00
1953 Harvey Haddix, National League Top Pitcher #53N4    $4.00

Shoeless Joe Career Set (200 printed, 3.5 x 2.5):
1911 Shoeless Joe Jackson Rookie season – 200 printed   $5.00
1916 Shoeless Joe Jackson Traded – 200 printed   $4.00
1921 Shoeless Joe Jackson Banished – 200 printed   $4.00
1926 Shoeless Joe Jackson Waycross, Minor League – 200 printed   $4.00

Columbia Litho Print Samples (100 printed, 2 x 3):
1904 Dummy Taylor, New York Giants,  Columbia Litho print sample     $5.00
1912 The Arlington, New Orleans bordello, Columbia Litho print sample     $6.00
1924 Babe Rith, New York Yankees,  Columbia Litho print sample     $8.00
1932 Jackie Mitchell, Chattanooga Lookouts female pitcher,  Columbia Litho print sample     $5.00

Sons Of Israel Series (200 printed, 3.5 x 2.5):
1938 Henry Greenberg Limited Edition Sons Of Israel series #1     $8.00
1966 Sanford Koufax Limited Edition Sons Of Israel series #2     $10.00
1946 Morris Berg Limited Edition Sons Of Israel series #3     $5.00
1953 Albert Rosen Limited Edition Sons Of Israel series #4     $5.00
1923 Mose Solomon Limited Edition Sons Of Israel series #5     $5.00
1877 Lipman Pike Limited Edition Sons Of Israel series #6     $5.00
1948 Lou Boudreau Limited Edition Sons Of Israel series #7     $6.00
1935 Buddy Myer Limited Edition Sons Of Israel series #8     $5.00

Legacy Series (200 printed, 3 x 2):
1905 Harry Houdini Limited Edition Legacy series #1     $6.00
1876 General George A. Custer Limited Edition Legacy series #2     $4.00
1919 Emanuel Lasker Limited Edition Legacy series #3     $4.00
1945 General George S. Patton Limited Edition Legacy series #4     $6.00
1842 Sam Houston Limited Edition Legacy series #5     $6.00
1938 Woody Guthrie Limited Edition Legacy series #6     $6.00
1869 General Robert E. Lee Limited Edition Legacy series #7     $10.00
1927 Charles Lindbergh Limited Edition Legacy series #8     $4.00
1970 Timothy Leary Limited Edition Legacy series #9     $4.00

50th Anniversary tribute to the 61 New York Yankees (100 printed 2011, 3.5 x 2.5):
1961 Roger Maris, New York Yankees 50th Anniversary limited edition #1     $8.00
1961 Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees 50th Anniversary limited edition #2       $10.00
1961 Yogi Berra, New York Yankees 50th Anniversary limited edition #3       $5.00
1961 Whitey Ford, New York Yankees 50th Anniversary limited edition #4       $5.00
1961 Elston Howard & Johnny Blanchard, New York Yankees 50th Anniversary limited edition #5     $4.00
1961 Ralph Terry & Luis Arroyo, New York Yankees 50th Anniversary limited edition #6       $3.00
1961 Boyer Kubek & Richardson, New York Yankees 50th Anniversary limited edition #7       $4.00
1961 Bill Skowron, New York Yankees 50th Anniversary limited edition #8       $3.00

Color TV Series (200 printed, 3.5 x 2.5):
1955 Color TV #401 Harmon Killebrew, rookie season     $10.00
1955 Color TV #402 Herb Score, rookie season     $5.00
1955 Color TV #403 Sandy Koufax, rookie season     $6.00
1955 Color TV #404 Roberto Clemente, rookie season     $8.00
1955 Color TV #405 Stan Musial, All-Star     $8.00
1955 Color TV #406 Jackie Robinson, All-Star     $6.00
1955 Color TV #407 Duke Snider, All-Star     $8.00
1955 Color TV #408 Ted Williams, All-Star     $10.00
1955 Color TV #409 Billy Evans, umpire $4.00
1955 Color TV #410 Tom Connolly, umpire $4.00
1955 Color TV #411 Runge & McKinley with stripper, umpires $10.00
1955 Color TV #412 Bill Klem, umpire $6.00
1955 Color TV #413 Don Drysdale, Montreal  $6.00
1955 Color TV #414 Frank Robinson, Columbia  $6.00
1955 Color TV #415 Roger Maris, Tulsa  $10.00
1955 Color TV #416 Rocky Colavito, Indianapolis  $6.00

American Pastime Series (200 printed, 3.5 x 2.5):
1945 Jackie Robinson, Kansas City Monarchs, American Pastime Series #1     $8.00
1927 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees, American Pastime Series #2     $12.00
1954 Hank Aaron, Jacksonville, Sally League, American Pastime Series #3     $10.00
1940 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox rookie season, American Pastime Series #4     $8.00
1912 Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates, American Pastime Series #5     $8.00
1906 Doc “Moonlight” Graham, Scranton, American Pastime Series #6     $12.00

Epic Series (200 printed, 3.5 x 2.5):
1969 Brian Piccolo, Chicago Bears, Epic Series #1     $20.00
1900 Patrick O’Dea, Wisconsin Badgers, Epic Series #2     $4.00
1949 Tom Landry, New York Yankees AAFC, Epic Series #3     $10.00

Elite Series (200 printed, 3.5 x 2.5):
1955 Ira Hayes, USMC hero of Iwo Jima, Elite Series #1     $15.00
1948 Witold Pilecki, WW2 Polish resistance hero, Elite Series #2     $5.00
1944 Dorie Miller, Pearl Harbor hero, Elite Series #3  $5.00

Super Toys Centennial series (200 printed, 3.5 x 2):
1901 Larry LaJoie, Philadelphia Athletics, Super Toys     $5.00
1909 Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates, Super Toys     $4.00
1912 Smoky Joe Wood, Boston Red Sox, Super Toys     $4.00
1932 Lefty O’Doul, Brooklyn Robins, Super Toys     $3.00
1946 Rex Barney & Carl Furillo, Dodgers rookies, Super Toys     $3.00
1965 Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants, Super Toys     $5.00
1971 Catfish Hunter, Oakland Athletics, Super Toys     $3.00

Monarch Corona Centennial 1911 reprint series
102 cards total, complete set of 102 valued at $250-300 in Near Mint condition.
(200 printed, 2011  1.5 x 2.75):
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #1 Walter Johnson, Washington Senators      $8.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #2 Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers        $6.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #3 Nap LaJoie, Cleveland Indians        $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #4 Cy Young, Cleveland Indians       $5.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #5 Tris Speaker, Boston Red Sox        $5.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #6 Christy Mathewson, New York Giants        $5.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #7 Frederick Weed, Seattle, NW League       $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #8 Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates        $6.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #9 Joe Jackson, New Orleans Pelicans       $10.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #10 Rebel Oakes, Cincinnati Reds       $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #11 Smoky Joe Wood, Boston Red Sox       $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #12 Ten Million, Victoria, NW League      $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #13 Mordecai Brown, Chicago Cubs     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #14 Ginger Beaumont, Chicago Cubs     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #15 Babe Adams, Pittsburgh Pirates     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #16 Johnny Evers, Chicago Cubs     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #17 Lave Cross, Charlotte Hornets     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #18 Hal Chase, New York Highlanders     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #19 Connie Mack, Philadelphia Athletics     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #20 Casey Stengel, Kansas City      $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #21 Jose Mendez, Almendares     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #22 Deacon Phillippe, Pittsburgh     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #23 Slim Sallee, St. Louis Cardinals     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #24 Willie Keeler, New York Giants     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #25 Ray Chapman, Davenport     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #26 Boardwalk Brown, New Britain      $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #27 Bave Bancroft, Superior     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #28 Harry Hooper, Boston Red Sox     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #29 Jack Dunn, Baltimore     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #30 Sam Crawford, Detroit     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #31 Grover Alexander, Syracuse     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #32 Jake Beckley, Hannibal     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #33 Jesse Burkett, Worcester     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #34 Fred Clarke, Pittsburgh     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #35 Jake Daubert, Brooklyn     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #36 Rube Foster, Chicago Giants     $5.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #37 Rafael Almeda, New Britain     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #38 Chief Bender, Philadelphia Athletics   $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #39 George Burns, Utica     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #40 King Cole, Chicago Cubs     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #41 George Dauss, Detroit     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #42 Clark Griffith, Cincinnati     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #43 Rube Benton, Cincinnati     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #44 Ping Bodie, San Francisco     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #45 Max Carey, Pittsburgh    $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #46 Eddie Collins, Philadelphia Athletics     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #47 Bill Donovan, Detroit     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #48 Billy Hamilton, Lynn, New England League     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #49 Chief Meyers, New York Giants       $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #50 Rube Waddell, Minneapolis     $5.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #51 Jim Thorpe, Fayetteville     $6.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #52 Ed Walsh, Chicago White Sox     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #53 Mysterious Walker, San Francisco      $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #54 Roger Bresnahan, St. Louis Cardinals     $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #55 Ed Cicotte, Boston Red Sox     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #56 Eddie Collins, Philadelphia Athletics   $5.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #57 Rube Marquard, New York Giants     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #58 Clyde Milan, Washington Senators    $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #59 Nap Rucker, Brooklyn Dodgers     $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #60 Joe McGinnity, Newark, Eastern League   $5.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #61 Joe Tinker, Chicago Cubs $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #62 Art Devlin, New York Giants $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #63 Zack Wheat, Briiklyn Dodgers $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #64 Gavvy Cravath, Minneapolis Millers $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #65 Rube Oldring, Philadelphia Athletics $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #66 Frank Baker, Philadelphia Athletics $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #67 Eddie Plank, Philadelphia Athletics $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #68 Stuffy McInnins, Philadelphia Athletics $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #69 Miller Huggins, St Louis Cardinals $4.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #70 Pete Hill, Chicago American Giants $5.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #71 Hooks Wiltse, New York Giants $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #72 Larry Doyle, New York Giants $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #73 Hippo Vaughn, New York Highlanders  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #74 Stan Covaleski, Lancaster, Tri State League  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #75 Frank Chance, Chicago Cubs  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #76 Jimmy Sheckard, Chicago Cubs  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #77 Buck Weaver, San Francisco, PCL  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #78 Fred Tenney, Boston Braves  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #79 Jeff Tesreau, Shreveport, Texas League  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #80 Heinie Groh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin League  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #81 Pop Lloyd, Chicago Leland Giants, Negro League  $5.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #82 Dummy Taylor, Buffalo Bisons, Eastern League  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #83 Donie Bush, Detroit Tigers  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #84 George Mullin, Detroit Tigers  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #85 Duffy Lewis, Boston Red Sox  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #86 Addie Joss, Cleveland Indians  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #87 Doc White, Chicago White Sox  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #88 Germany Schaefer, Washington Senators  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #89 Dolly Gray, Washington Senators  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #90 Heinie Zimmerman, Chicago Cubs  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #91 Ed Reulbach, Boston Red Sox  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #92 Fred Merkle, New York Giants  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #93 Red Ames, New York Giants  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #94 Dick Rudolph, Toronto, Eastern League  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #95 Dots Miller, Pittsburgh Pirates  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #96 Fred Clarke, Pittsburgh Pirates  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #97 Sherry Magee, Philadelphia Phillies  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #98 Harry Covaleski, Concinnati Reds  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #99 Fred Toney, Winchester, Bluegrass League  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #100 Picus Quinn, New York Highlanders  $3.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #NN FRONT CARD Babe Ruth, St. Marys School  $10.00
1911 Monarch Corona Centennial #NN BACK CARD Gene Krapp, Portland, PCL  $5.00

1912 Centennial reprint set of 9  (2 x 3) :
1912 John McGraw, New York Giants, Centennial   $4.00
1912 Chief Bender, Philadelphia Athletics,  Centennial   $4.00
1912 Frank “Home Run” Baker, Philadelphia Athletics Centennial   $4.00
1912 Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, Chicago Cubs, Centennial   $4.00
1912 Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers, Centennial   $4.00
1912 Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates, Centennial   $4.00
1912 Cy Young, Boston Braves, Centennial   $4.00
1912 Tris Speaker, Boston Red Sox, Centennial   $4.00
1912 “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Cleveland Indians, Centennial   $4.00

1919 Chicago Black Sox limited edition of 200 – set of 10, (2.25 x 3) printed in 2010:
1919 Joe Jackson, Chicago Black Sox series #1     $10.00
1919 Buck Weaver, Chicago Black Sox series #2     $4.00
1919 Eddie Cicotte, Chicago Black Sox series #3     $4.00
1919 Fred McMullin, Chicago Black Sox series #4     $3.00
1919 Chick Gandil, Chicago Black Sox series #5     $3.00
1919 Lefty Williams, Chicago Black Sox series #6     $3.00
1919 Happy Felsch, Chicago Black Sox series #7     $3.00
1919 Swede Risberg, Chicago Black Sox series #8     $3.00
1919 Team Card, Chicago Black Sox series #9     $5.00
1919 Photo card, Chicago Black Sox not numbered     $2.00

Misc. single cards (200 printed, 3.5 x 2.5):
1877 Al Spalding, Chicago Nationals     $5.00
1894 Mark Twain, Author, Biograph Series #1, mint condition   $3.00
1905 Ty Cobb Augusta minors serial numbered (DP) 400 printed   $10.00
1907 Walter Johnson, Idaho State League minors, Century Series  $5.00
1913 Babe Ruth, catcher St Marys Industrial School Century Series  $10.00
1919 Babe Ruth, Boxer card, serial numbered (DP) 400 printed  $10.00
1935 Luis Tiant Sr., New York Cuban All-Stars, Negro League Century Series  $4.00
1935 Mickey Cochrane, Detroit Tigers     $5.00
1936 Bill Dickey, New York Yankees     $4.00
1938 Ted Williams, Minneapolis Millers     $8.00
1942 Warren Spahn & Johnny Sain Boston Braves  $5.00
1948 Satchel Paige & Larry Doby Cleveland Indians  $6.00
1950 Willie Mays, Trenton Giants minor league Century Series   $6.00
1953 Bobo Holloman, St. Louis Browns     $3.00
1953 Satchel Paige, St Louis Browns Vintage Litho $6.00
1953 Willie Mays, New York Giants Vintage Litho  $6.00
1953 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox Vintage Litho $8.00
1953 Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers Vintage Litho $8.00
1955 Joe Bauman, Roswell Rockets slugger     $6.00
1955 Jesus Christ, Most Valuable Player retro Color TV baseball card  $3.00
1960 Frank Howard & Jim Gentile Rookie Sluggers LA Dodgers  $4.00
1961 Carl Yastrzemski & Wilbur Wood, Red Sox rookie stars  $6.00
1962 Willie Stargell, Pittburgh Pirates $3.00
1963 Pete Rose & Mel Queen Rookie Stars Cincinnati Reds  $10.00
1963 Stan Musial St Louis Cardinals Vintage Litho   $8.00
1963 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs $6.00
1963 Rusty Staub, Houston Colts rookie year   $5.00
1963 Roger Maris, New York Yankees slugger   $6.00
1963 Eddie Mathews Milwaukee Braves  $5.00
1963 Lou Brock, Chicago Cubs rookie year   $4.00
1963 Bo Belinsky, Los Angeles Angels rookie year  $3.00
1963 Curt Flood, St Louis Cardinals $5.00
1963 Duke Snider New York Mets $5.00
1963 Rookie Stars: Lolich McLain Freehan, Detroit Tigers  $5.00
1963 Gil Hodges, New York Mets      $4.00
1963 Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins     $10.00
1963 Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees   $12.00
1963 Robin Roberts, Baltimore Orioles  $3.00
1963 Tony Perez, Macon Peaches  $5.00
1964 Tony Conigliaro & Rico Petrocelli Boston Red Sox Rookies   $5.00
1964 Cassius Clay, World Champion serial numbered, (DP) 400 printed  $10.00
1964 Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds Century Series  $6.00
1965 Tony Perez & Lee May Cincinnati Reds Rookies  $4.00
1966 Reggie Jackson, Arizona State University Century Series  $5.00
1967 Johnny Bench, catcher Buffalo Bisons – minor league player of the year  $5.00
1968 Carlton Fisk, Waterloo Hawks,Century Series  $4.00
1970 Dock Ellis, Pitches no hitter on LSD     $15.00
1972 Bobby Fischer World Champion serial numbered (DP) 400 printed  $8.00
1974 Rocky Perone, Padres rookie imposter     $3.00

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Monarch Corona continues to release new cards periodically. Cards are produced using vintage offset lithographic techniques and presses, which gives them an authentic vintage appearance.