The Post War Cards Newsletter #3
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The 1985 Prism/Jewel Michael Jordan Sticker
For a card that Beckett describes as “gaudy,” it sure does fetch high prices. The 1985 Prism/Jewel Michale Jordan Sticker routinely sells for over $10,000. And I think that’s due to Jordan’s popularity and the card’s scarcity; only 200 or so have been graded across the various authenticators.
I wrote about the set on the Oddball Archive recently, sharing that the Jordan sticker was part of a 14-card set. In the mid-1980s, grocery stores sold the stickers inside vending machines at their entrances. Understandably, most kids immediately peeled them and stuck them on stuff, so few exist in high grade today.
The stickers are incredibly colorful foil-holographs that feature drawn pictures of the players with their names and a facsimile autograph. The stickers have rounded corners and a silver border, and the backs are blank and unnumbered.
But be careful out there if you’re looking to buy one, this sticker is commonly faked.
Great Hobby Writing
Sports Collectors Daily: 1992 Upper Deck Baseball Boasted Ted Williams Autographs, Big Red Machine
SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee: Revisiting the 1973 Set - The Ugliest Topps Baseball Set Ever
Baseball Cards Come to Life!: A Year of Topps Designs: 1968
Night Own Cards: Why Oddballs?
Not Another Baseball Card Blog: 1992 McDonald’s Donruss vs Topps
Junk Wax Jay: Collecting Milwaukee
Greg Morris Cards: Set Spotlight: 1913 T200 Fatima Cigarette Team Cards
Collectors Dashboard: Do Michael Jordan Rookie Population Trends Impact Prices?
CaptKirk42s Trading Card Blog: MLB Managing Ladies Baseball
The Topps Archives: Barnstorming
Collecting Canadian Football: Logo Lineages - Part 1
Sports Collectors Digest: How a Master Carpenter Built Custom-Made Cabinets and Cases for a Card Collector’s Massive Collection
3 Great Weekly Twitter Sales Threads
Twitter probably doesn’t get the credit it deserves for connecting buyers and sellers in the market the way, at least in terms of social media, that Facebook and Instagram do. So here are three sellers and their weekly Twitter sales threads that you may want to follow.
Cards with a Story: @CardsStory runs the incredibly popular Vintage Baseball Sales Threads on Wednesdays. It features cards between 1880 and 1980.
Bean’s Ballcard Blog: @beansbcardblog features the Friday Vintage Football thread with pre-1990 cards.
Sac Reseller: @sacreseller has a basketball card buying and selling thread on Mondays, with cards released before 1987.
And as a bonus, TVguy Cards (@t_vguy) runs a weekly trading thread on Mondays.
One Of The Few Sets Issued During WW2
The Michael Presser and Company was a New York City novelty and carnival supply company that released one of the few WW2 era sets. Their R302-1 set was initially released in strips and sold in candy stores. However, many collectors don’t realize that the card’s “crude” cartoons are based on real photos. The 1916-1957 Baseball Magazine Premiums (M114) set, sometimes called the Baseball Magazine Player Posters (since they are 9 1/2 by 12 inches in size), were the R302-1s inspiration.
In the News
The National Sports Collectors Convention: National Teams with Signatures for Soldiers
eBay: The eBay Vault