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Baseball Cards & Retired players

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In 1963, Fleer produced a 67-card set of active players (this time with a cherry cookie in the packs instead of gum), which was not successful, as most players were contractually obligated to appear exclusively in Topps trading card products.28 Williams retired in 1960, forcing Fleer to produce a set of Baseball Greats cards featuring retired players. The 1952 Topps set is the most sought-after post-World War set among collectors because of the scarcity of the Mickey Mantle rookie card, the first Mantle card issued by Topps. Wartime production transitioned into the post-war civilian consumer goods, and in 1948 baseball card production resumed in the U.S. with issues by the Bowman Gum and the Leaf Candy Company At the same time, Topps Gum Company issued their Magic Photos set, four years before they issued their first "traditional" card set.

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The 240-card set, quite large for the time, included current players, former stars, and prominent minor leaguers. The American Caramel Company re-emerged as a producer of baseball cards and started to distribute sets in 1922-1923. In 1914, they produced the first of two Cracker Jack card issues, which featured players from both major leagues as well as players from the short-lived Federal League As the teens ended, the Chicago-based Boston Store Department company also issued a set.


As baseball increased in popularity and became a professional sport during the late 1860s, trade cards featuring baseball players appeared. Some baseball card collectors pay large sums of money to gain possession of these cards and they may also put a lot of time into it. Since rare baseball cards are difficult to find, collectors seek for ways to be aware of the rare cards that come into the trading or selling market. 1 These cards feature one or more baseball players, teams, stadiums, or celebrities.

Indeed, Topps' domination of the baseball card market during those years has made the name Topps synonymous with baseball cards for many collectors. Topps included several different types of subsets and other unique cards in this set to keep things interesting for collectors. Even young collectors began to see baseball cards as investments and buying rookie cards became a way for fans to legally gamble on a player's future.


Among the dreariest cards were "Ted Signs for 1959" (pictured here), "Ted Decides Retirement is '˜No Go,'" and "Ted Relaxes." Fleer soon abandoned hope of producing a successful set, and the Topps monopoly ushered in a long, stagnant era for baseball cards starting in the 1960s. Topps was little more than a fledgling bubble gum company in Brooklyn when it released its first major set of baseball cards in 1952. The first significant batch of baseball cards turned up in the late 1860s, when a sporting goods dealer named Andrew Peck started printing cards with ballplayers on them to advertise his New York shop, the Peck & Snyder Base Ball and Sportsman's Emporium.


If you're a fan of late-1960s Topps baseball cards, you might have noticed that some of the base cards in the 1969 set look familiar. AND POSSIBLY FIND ONE OF THE TWO MICKEY MANTLE ROOKIE CARDS OR OTHER SUPERSTAR PLAYERS. All cards feature players from the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, and they are as follows These cards are in good, used condition.


As stated in the Mays slide, this card takes a backseat to the 1952 Topps card, but it is still the rookie card of one of the greatest players of all time. While the 1952 Topps set gets all the hype, the true rookie cards for Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle fell the previous season in the 1951 Bowman set. Whether or not it looks like him, the card is among the most wanted in all of the hobby, as it marks the first of one of baseball's most popular and at the same time most controversial players of all time.

Some collectors prefer the 1974 Topps Mike Schmidt, as it is his first full appearance on a baseball card, and that card is worth a respectable $20, but you can't beat a rookie card of the best third baseman of all time. In putting together one of the most impressive careers in baseball history, Henderson consistently represented one of the most collected players in the hobby, and his 1980 Topps rookie card is the crown jewel of any Henderson collection. Because he was a 62nd round pick back in 1988, trading card companies were not exactly lining up to get him into their sets and, because of that, the player who will go down as the greatest offensive catcher of all time only has one regular issue rookie card.Enough time has gone by to make Topps baseball cards from the 1960s truly vintage.

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