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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Recent Collection Purchased From 1909-1913: M101-2 Sporting News Supplements


1909-13 M101-2 Sporting News Baseball Supplements

At Dean's Cards, we buy hundreds of vintage baseball card collections through the mail each and every year. These collections range from cards acquired during childhood (that have most likely been sitting in a closet or attic for years), to collectors selling their baseball card sets and cards that have taken years to acquire through shows, card shops, or a website like DeansCards.com. This is another story of a recent collection we were able to purchase.
M101-2 Sporting News Ty Cobb

Typically, as we have stated before, collections mailed to us (and we get a lot! Hundreds a year.), are usually in the form of those little cardboard rectangles that Goudey, Topps, Fleer, Bowman and other gum companies made so popular. When you get into the late 1940's, to the beginning of Topps in the early 50's, and to the present; baseball cards (mostly around the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" variety) are the standard.

That's not the case for the collection we are featuring in this post. They're not really cards, although they feature baseball players. These poster-sized supplements are more like something that you'd hang on your wall rather than put in your bike spokes.


So what are these things anyways?


The 1909 M101-2 Supplements were issued with the Sporting News
sporadically throughout 1909-1913.

The 1909-13 M101-2 Sporting News Baseball Supplements set includes 100 poster-sized supplements measuring 7 1/2" x 10".  The front of the Sporting News supplements include a sepia photo of the players with date and player name.  Backs of the M101-2 supplements are blank.

The supplements were issued with Sporting News sporadically throughout 1909 to 1913. I say sporadic, because they weren't included with every Sporting News magazine, and there are large gaps in time where there was no supplement included at all.

The most interesting thing about this set might be the photography used to depict the baseball players. You rarely will see better photos taken during this time period of guys like Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, or Walter Johnson.

What makes it even better is that there are several supplements which have multiple players featured on the front. These player combinations range from players talking to shaking hands. The most valuable of these multi-player photos has to be the March 17, 1910 Ty Cobb / Honus Wagner.

The recent M101-2 Sporting News Supplements Find


This Sporting News Supplements set is loaded with photos of Hall-of-Famers.

Recently we had a rather large collection of these supplements sent to us through the mail that we were able to purchase. Most of these posters were in low to mid-grade condition, but they all had great eye appeal. These things are just plain neat, and the photography is beautiful. If you want something that captures a moment in baseball history to place around the man cave, these are close to perfect.

Included in the collection were supplements depicting Hall-of-Famers like: Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Eddie Plank, Walter Johnson and a famous non-HOFer - Shoeless Joe Jackson.

So head over to DeansCards.com and check these unique items out!

By Dean Hanley


 Dean Hanley, founder and owner of DeansCards.com, is considered one of the foremost experts on the subject of vintage baseball cards, other sports and non-sports cards and has a regular column in the Sports Collectors Digest and publishes articles on his blog.

Dean has also written two books on vintage sports cards: The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman & Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955 and Before There Was Bubble Gum: Our Favorite Pre-World War I Baseball Cards. Both are available in eBook and paperback form.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Recent Collection Purchased From 1914: B18 Blankets


1914 B18 Baseball Blankets

At Dean's Cards, we buy hundreds of vintage baseball card collections every year. These collections range from cards acquired during childhood (that have most likely been sitting in a closet or attic for years), to collectors selling their baseball card sets and cards that have taken years to acquire through shows, card shops, or a website like DeansCards.com. This is another story of a recent collection we were able to purchase.

Baseball collectibles can take on many forms. Generally, when we get a collection mailed to us (and we get a lot! Hundreds a year.), they are those little cardboard rectangles that Goudey, Topps, Fleer, Bowman and other gum companies made so popular. This is overwelmingly the case, maybe even 95% of the time.


1914 B18 Blanket Depicting Ty Cobb
That's not to say baseball "cards" are the only things we buy and sell. But when you get into the late 1940's, to the beginning of Topps in the early 50's, and to the present; baseball cards (mostly around the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" variety) are the standard.

That wasn't always the case. The sport of baseball has been around since the mid to late 1800's. From that time until around the World War II era, there would be a lot of different companies using the stars of the baseball diamond to market their product.

So what are these things anyways?

The 1914 B18 Baseball Blankets are anything but conventional when it comes to your average baseball card collecting. In fact, you may find these in a closet, attic, barn, etc. and not have a clue what they are or if they have any value. For this reason I'm sure that a lot of them have just been discarded and maybe thrown away over the years.
1914 B18 Blanket of Casey Stengel

There are some instances in which these blanket squares have been quilted into bigger blankets. And it's amazing how well some of these little felt squares have held up after 100 years.

Overall, the 1914 B18 Baseball Blankets set consists of 91 cloth squares, 56 of which have at least two color variations.  The blankets are organized by baseball team and then alphabetically by player's last name.   They were obtained as a promotion given by various cigarette companies.

A look at the 13 B18 Shoeless Joe Jackson Blankets
that we purchased as part of a larger collection.
The Shoeless Joe Jackson B18 Find

Okay, so many of you might not get overly excited about a bunch of 5 1/4" felt squares, but we recently got a collection sent to us that included something special in it. Thirteen, count them 13, Shoeless Joe Jackson blankets were included with this collection! They can all be found for sale here.


Check out our inventory of B18 Blankets at Dean's Cards
If you're interested in selling your collection to us, please read our seller testimonials. On there you will find dozens upon dozens of satisfied clients. For more information on selling a vintage baseball collection in general, please click here. We look forward to hearing from you!

By Dean Hanley

 Dean Hanley, founder and owner of DeansCards.com, is considered one of the foremost experts on the subject of vintage baseball cards, other sports and non-sports cards and has a regular column in the Sports Collectors Digest and publishes articles on his blog.

Dean has also written two books on vintage sports cards: The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman & Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955 and Before There Was Bubble Gum: Our Favorite Pre-World War I Baseball Cards. Both are available in eBook and paperback form.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Recent Collection Purchased From 1956: Davy Crockett and Topps Baseball Cards



1956 Topps Baseball and 1956 Topps Davy Crockett


At Dean's Cards, we buy hundreds of vintage baseball card collections every year. These collections range from cards acquired during childhood (that have most likely been sitting in a closet or attic for years), to collectors selling their baseball card sets and cards that have taken years to acquire through shows, card shops, or a website like DeansCards.com.

Everyone has their own reasons for selling their vintage cards, and one of the most common reasons for selling cards is due to down-sizing.  Over the past few months, we have bought over 5000 cards from a gentlemen who is doing just that.  And as you will come to find, this particular collector had an affinity for all things 1956 Topps!

1956 Topps Davy Crocket Orange Back Sets
1956 Topps Davy Crockett #1 King of the Wild Frontier

He started off by mailing in 13 Davy Crockett Orange Sets (with duplicates), and it is the most Davy Crockett cards we’ve ever seen in one place!

This set really is an interesting release by Topps. While today we mainly see action figures of our favorite movie characters and super heroes, back in the 1950's, trading cards were the equivalent. Thus when the Walt Disney film "Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier" premiered in 1955, naturally the movie appeared in playing card form as well. 
The 1956 Topps Davy Crockett trading card set originally consisted of 80 cards that could be purchased in 1-cent and 5-cent wax packs each with a stick of bubble gum. The cards were numbered and when all 80 orange-backed cards were put in sequence, the entire movie was in the palm of one's hand.

If you're interested in buying a 1956 Davy Crockett Orange Back Complete Set (or two!) we know just the place. Dean's Cards has over 2,000 singles in stock as well, with images of all cards. Relive the movie and all of Davy's exploits via this vibrant 80-card issue.


1956 Topps Baseball Card Sets

After we purchased the Davy Crockett cards, we moved onto his vintage baseball card collection.  He mailed in 3 pretty nice 1956 Topps complete sets, which we paid a pretty penny for (But it was worth it!).  

We have a number of different 1956 Topps Sets for sale.

It's always great when we get we can buy multiple mid and high grade sets such as these three. All the cards get the same treatment: they are graded, scanned, sleeved (with QR code for online viewing of the scans), and placed into a set by our in-house software. The result of this is nothing short of the most consistent set for the best value of any on the market.


1956 Topps Baseball Card Singles

What we didn’t know when we bought the three 1956 Topps Baseball sets, was just how many 1956 Topps cards the gentlemen had left to sell!  This past week, we received a shipment of nearly 4,000 1956 Topps Baseball Singles. 

It was unreal, we had never seen a collection of 1956 Topps like this. At the time we had over 6,000 cards in our inventory for this set, and now we were going to be able to add four thousand more!  Not only was the sheer number of cards amazing, but there were also an equal number of stars and hall-of-famers included. We're talking: 29 #30 Jackie Robinson cards, 24 #31 Hank Aaron cards, 18 #5 Ted Williams cards, 18 #130 Willie Mays cards, 12 #33 Roberto Clemente cards, 14 #135 Mickey Mantle cards, and dozens upon dozens of team cards.

Stacks of 1956 Topps Stars and Hall-of-Famers
This is the largest collection of 1956 Topps cards that we’ve purchased in the last 13 years, and it could not have gone more smoothly (for the seller as well as us).  The gentlemen simply mailed in the cards in batches, and we would have an offer for him within 2 business days of receiving them.  After agreeing on a price, we ordered him a bank check, and he mailed in another batch.  We repeated this process several times and purchased his entire collection.

If you're interested in selling your collection to us, please read our seller testimonials. On there you will find dozens upon dozens of satisfied clients. For more information on selling a vintage baseball collection in general, please click here. We look forward to hearing from you!

By Dean Hanley

 Dean Hanley, founder and owner of DeansCards.com, is considered one of the foremost experts on the subject of vintage baseball cards, other sports and non-sports cards and has a regular column in the Sports Collectors Digest and publishes articles on his blog.

Dean has also written two books on vintage sports cards: The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman & Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955 and Before There Was Bubble Gum: Our Favorite Pre-World War I Baseball Cards. Both are available in eBook and paperback form.