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1955 Topps Baseball

1955 Topps Baseball (Main Set) # of cards: 206 Dimensions: 2 5/8″ by 3 3/4″ Collector score: ***** (5 Stars) For the 4th straight year Topps completely outclassed Bowman, and took a wide lead over Bowman in sales. Even though they outprinted Bowman by more than 2 to 1 in … Continue reading

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1955 Bowman Baseball

1955 Bowman Baseball # of cards: 320 Dimensions: 2  1/2  x  3  3/4 Collector Score: **** (5 stars) This is the Color TV set, the final Bowman-created card issue. Most collectors don’t know that this set was printed by Topps. Bowman, unable to keep on losing money, sold out to … Continue reading

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1954 Topps Baseball

1954 Topps Baseball # of cards: 250 Dimensions: 2 5/8″ by 3 3/4″ Collector score: **** (5 Stars) This truly remarkable set is the one that sunk Bowman. How could they compete with TWO photos on the front – a portrait and an action shot? Includes: Rookie Cards of Hank … Continue reading

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Alta Loma Cigar Cards

Collector score: **** (4  Stars) Prices reflect value in Near Mint condition Alta Loma were made for just one year, 1995. Dimensions are 2.5 x 3.5 inches. The last known tobacco cards ever issued, one card was placed in each package of 4 hand-rolled cigars under the brand name “Alta … Continue reading

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1980-83 Cramer Baseball Legends

1980-83 Cramer Baseball Legends Collector score: **** (4  Stars) # of cards 125 – 120 cards, 4 cutout cards from boxes, and 1 blank-back Babe Ruth cutout (no number) Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Cramer Sports Productions later became Pacific, one of the major card makers of the late … Continue reading

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1954 Bowman Baseball

1954 Bowman Baseball # of cards: 225 Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 Collector Score: **** (4 stars) The 1954 Bowman card issue was distributed in two separate series: #s 1-128 in the first series and #s 129-224 in the second series. A contract issue resulted in the removal of … Continue reading

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1981 Donruss Baseball

1981 Donruss Baseball # of cards: 605 Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Collector Score **** (4 Stars) Texas-based Donruss rushed into production with this set on the heels of the decision in the anti-trust lawsuit Fleer had won against Topps. The cards were filled with mistakes, printed on flimsy … Continue reading

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1953 Bowman Baseball

1953 Bowman Baseball (color and black & white) # of cards: 160 color, 64 b/w Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 Collector Score – color set: **** (4 stars) Black & white set: ** (2 stars) Complete set: *** (3 stars) The 1953 Bowman card issue was strange. First of … Continue reading

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1953 Topps Baseball

1953 Topps # of cards: 274 Dimensions: 2 5/8″ by 3 3/4″ Collector score: **** (5 Stars) With their second effort, once more beautifully executed, Topps served notice that Bowman would have to take a back seat. The last card is numbered 280, but there are only 274 cards in … Continue reading

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Monarch Corona

Monarch Corona Collector score: ***** (5  Stars) Prices reflect value in NEAR MINT condition 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 … Continue reading

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