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Friday, September 9, 2011

1957 Topps Space Cards / Target: Moon

Topps ventures out into the final frontier...

# 16 Strapped Down for Takeoff - 1957 Topps Space Cards

It's 1957.  The United States and Soviet Union are beginning the great space race.  What would happen in the near future could only be imagined as a fantastic dream.  The sky was clearly not the limit any more.

With a majority of the population entranced by the atmosphere of a science fiction novel, the Topps company decided to throw its hat in the ring with their release of 1957 Topps Space Cards and 1957 Topps Target: Moon Cards.  The sets each contain 88 cards with identical card fronts and backs.
# 88 Life on Other Planets - 1957 Topps Space Cards

The reason for producing two nearly identical sets escapes a lot of collectors.  One theory is that the Target: Moon cards were released a year after the Space cards.  Regardless, Target: Moon is still recognized as a 1957 Topps release.  Target: Moon also holds a marginally higher value when compared to the Space Cards issue.

Another interesting twist with this set is the Popsicle version of Target: Moon.  The differences can clearly be seen on the back of the cards; with the Space cards and earlier Target: Moon having blue colored backs and Target: Moon Popsicle cards having pink (some call it salmon colored) backs.  The year of issue for the Popsicle backs is rumored to be a good bit after the initial releases of both the 1957 Space Cards and Target: Moon sets.
The differences between the regular issue and Popsicle version are a bit more evident.
Countdown your collection of 1957 Topps Space Cards, 1957 Topps Target: Moon, and 1957 Topps Popsicle Target: Moon at DeansCards.com.  If you're interested in buying this you might also enjoy: 1951 Bowman Jets, Rockets, and Spacemen, 1962 Bubbles Inc. Mars Attacks, 1963 Topps Popsicle Astronaut Cards, and 1964 Bubbles Inc. Outer Limits cards.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Broke a Set: 1953 Bowman Black & White


We recently broke a set of this classic baseball card offering from Bowman...

# 28 Hoyt Wilhelm - 1953 Bowman B&W
Perhaps the beauty of this set can be attributed to its sheer simplicity.  The 1953 Bowman Black & White baseball cards feature the most basic design of all vintage cards. There is only one series and only one possible variation in the entire set.
The 1953 Bowman Black & White cards are generally more difficult to find than their color counterpart and therefore are slightly more expensive on a card by card basis (an entire 1953 Bowman Color set is more expensive than the '53 Bowman B&W because there are so many more cards in that set).

Dean's Cards just broke an Excellent/Mint set of 1953 Bowman Black and White Baseball Cards and added them to inventory.  As with all of our vintage complete sets, the grading is extremely consistent.  This means that we now have a card in Excellent/Mint for just about every number!

Featured players in this set include: Mize, Stengel, Lemon, Wilhelm, Bridges, Harris, Bell, Sain, and Roe. 

If you like the 1953 Bowman Black & White Baseball card set, check out the 1953 Bowman Color Baseball Set.  We also have 1953 Bowman Black and White Reprints, Reprint Complete Sets, and other various vintage Bowman offerings.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Recently Added: 1961-62 Fleer Basketball Cards


Check out some vintage hoops stars in the classic Fleer Basketball Set...

Black and White on Ultra-bright backgrounds
The 1961-62 Fleer Basketball set is known for including the first mainstream basketball cards of many basketball all-time greats such as Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robinson and Jerry West. The 1961-62 offering was the only major basketball set issued by Fleer until the 1986-87 season.

The 1961-62 Fleer set featured cards of 44 different players and consisted of 66 cards in total, thus cards #'s 45-66 were action shots of players pictured elsewhere in the set. We've just acquired a collection of 150 of these cards that are online and ready to sell!  In this collection were multiple stars including: # 36 Oscar Robertson, # 44 Lenny Wilkins RK, and # 66 Jerry West.

So head on over to DeansCards.com and check out our offering of 1961-62 Fleer Basketball Cards.  Also, if you are interested in buying Basketball Cards, check out the 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Cards.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Recently Added: 1965 Topps Baseball Complete Set - Very Good


Check out our new 1965 Topps Baseball Complete Set...

This 1965 Topps Baseball Complete set contains 589 cards. The front of each card features a player's photo with a pennant design containing the player's team. The reverse side is printed in blue ink and provides the player's biographical information and statistical history.  The high numbers series (371-598) is hard to find individually and contains several expensive short print cards, which are also included in this set.

Important rookie cards included in this set include: Steve Carlton, Catfish Hunter, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, and Mansori Murakami.

Players included in this set that are now in the Hall of Fame: Roberts, Morgan, Bunning, Marichal, Conigliaro, F. Robinson, Kaline, Mantle, Gibson, B. Robinson, Maris, Clemente, Aaron, McCovey, Stengel, Perry, Spahn, Rose, B. Williams, Mays, Drysdale, Wilhelm, Koufax, Ford, Cepeda, Stargell, Yaz, Killebrew, Aparicio, Niekro, Berra, Carlton, Fox, Mathews, Banks, Hunter, Brock, and Perez.

The high-dollar-cards grade as follows:
#134 Mantle (World Series Game 3): Very Good
#160 Clemente: Very Good
#207 Rose: Excellent
#250 Mays: Excellent
#300 Koufax: Very Good
#350 Mantle: Very Good/Excellent
#477 Carlton RC: Very Good
#510 Banks: Excellent
#526 Hunter RC: Excellent
#581 Perez RC: Very Good


If you’ve already been working on completing your 1965 Topps Baseball Complete set, check out Dean’s cards to buy 1965 Topps Baseball singles and fill in your holes.  We also have a large assortment of other Vintage Baseball Complete Sets and Vintage Baseball Cards to choose from.  If you let us earn your business, you will find that our Complete Sets are graded more consistently  and more conservatively than just about anyone online. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Recently Added: 1962 Topps Baseball Low Number Set - Very Good/Excellent

Check out our new 1962 Topps Baseball Low Number Set..

This 1962 Topps Baseball low number set contains cards 1-522. The last series (523-598) is NOT included. The last series of this set contains mostly "no name" players and is fairly hard to collect due to the majority of cards being short printed. Low number sets like this one, are popular with collectors because you get almost the entire set and all major stars, at a fraction of the cost.

The important sub-series for this set include the popular Babe Ruth series, summarizing the life and career of Ruth (135-144) and the Sporting Magazine All Star Series American League (466-475) and National League (390-399).

Rookie cards included in this set include: Boog Powell, Lou Brock, and Gaylord Perry.

This set is loaded with hall of famers including: Koufax, Clemente, Mantle, Mays, Banks, Stengel, Mathews, Cepeda, B. Robinson, Musial, Maris, Killebrew, Fox, Hodges, Spahn, Kaline, Perry, Ashburn, Ford, Roberts, B. Williams, Mazeroski, Berra, Wynn, Brock, Aaron, F. Robinson, Snider, Marichal, Wilhelm, and Schoendienst.

The high-dollar cards grade as follows:
#1 Maris: Excellent
#5 Koufax:  Very Good/Excellent
#10 Clemente: Excellent
#18 Managers' Dream (Mantle & Mays): Excellent
#50 Musial: Excellent
#53 A.L. Home Run Leaders (Maris & Mantle): Very Good
#200 Mantle: Very Good/Excellent
#300 Mays: Very Good
#318 Mantle IA: Excellent
#320 Aaron: Very Good
#387 Brock RC: Very Good
#425 Yaz: Very Good/Excellent
#471 Mantle AS: Excellent

Click here to buy this 1962 Topps Baseball Low Number Set...


If you’ve already been working on completing your 1962 Topps Baseball Low Number set, check out Dean’s cards to buy 1962 Topps Baseball singles and fill in your holes.  We also have a large assortment of other Vintage Baseball Complete Sets and Vintage Baseball Cards to choose from.  If you let us earn your business, you will find that our Complete Sets are graded more consistently  and more conservatively than just about anyone online. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Recently Added: Great Collection of 1953 World on Wheels Non-Sports Cards!


Check out the new selection of classic car cards...
These cards are ready to drive off our lot and into your collection!

The 1953 World on Wheels set began as a 160 card set when it was first issued in 1953, however an additional 20 cards were added to ensure the set included the newest models of the time. Dean's Cards recently acquired a collection of roughly 300 of the 1953 World on Wheels cards!

Perhaps the coolest part of this collection is that it contains over 50 of the High Numbers (#'s 161-180)!  Most of these cards are in mid-grade condition, so they are affordable for the casual set or singles collector.  The World on Wheels cards truly do provoke nostalgia for classic automobiles many of us grew up with.

So head over to DeansCards.com and check out our selection of 1953 Topps World on Wheels cards. Also, if you are a fan of these, you might enjoy 1961 Topps Sports Car Cards or 1955 Topps Rails and Sails Cards.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Recently Added: 1959 Topps Baseball Complete Set Very Good/Excellent


Check out our new 1959 Topps Baseball Complete Set...

At DeansCards.com, 1959 Topps Baseball cards and sets are some of our best selling items.  This particular set grades Very Good/Excellent so it is a great mid-grade set, and is very affordable when compared to high grade sets (which usually go for a premium).

Rookie cards included in this set: Sparky Anderson, Felipe Alou, Bob Gibson, Norm Cash, and Bill White.

This set is loaded with hall of famers including: Frick, Mantle, Snider, Fox, Mays, Bunning, Musial, Slaughter, Koufax, Berra, Maris, Wynn, Ashburn, Aparicio, Sparky Anderson, Wilhelm, Banks, Roberts, Kaline, Aaron, Drysdale, Cepeda, Ford, F. Robinson, B. Robinson, Mathews, and Clemente.

The high-dollar cards grade as follows:
#10 Mantle: Very Good/Excellent,
#50 Mays: Very Good,
#150 Musial: Excellent,
#163 Koufax: Very Good Plus,
#202 Maris: Excellent,
#380 Aaron: Very Good/Excellent,
#461 Mantle HR: Excellent,
#478 Clemente: Excellent,
#510 Yankees Team: Very Good,
#514 Gibson: Excellent/Mint,
#515 Killebrew: Very Good/Excellent,
#543 Corsair Trio: Very Good,
#550 Campanella: Excellent,
#561 Aaron AS: Excellent,
#563 Mays AS: Very Good Plus,
#564 Mantle AS: Good/Very Good.

Click here to buy this 1959 Topps Baseball Complete Set...


If you’ve already been working on completing your 1959 Topps Baseball Complete set, check out Dean’s cards to buy 1959 Topps Baseball singles and fill in your holes.  We also have a large assortment of other Vintage Baseball Complete Sets and Vintage Baseball Cards to choose from.  If you let us earn your business, you will find that our Complete Sets are graded more consistently  and more conservatively than just about anyone online. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Babe Ruth Autographed Ball: A Truly Unique Piece of Baseball Memorabilia

But it was signed by Babe Ruth!
WHAT!WHAT!
The Sultan of Swat!
The King of Crash!
The Colossus of Clout!
BABE RUTH!
THE GREAT BAMBINO!

Well you don't see this every day...

Dean's Cards has recently put up for sale this beautiful piece of baseball history.  This Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball was originally purchased in an auction around 10 years ago.  At that time, the owner commissioned an artist to paint a portrait of the Sultan of Swat underneath his signature.  The colorful portrait of Babe Ruth adds to the attractiveness of this ball, and makes this a truly unique piece of baseball memorabilia!

This autographed baseball would make for a great display item, and definitely give you bragging rights over your friends.  The signature is very clean and visible on the ball.  It has been certified authentic by both PSA and JSA, and if purchased, will come with a certificate of authenticity.

Is your wife or girlfriend still looking for birthday gift ideas to get you?  Just think...for a "measley"  $24k you have the Babe's ball in your man cave!  And not only is it an autographed baseball, this is a work of art, celebrating one of baseball's most beloved heroes.

DeansCards.com also has an assortment of other Autographed Memorabilia and Autographed Cards for sale.  If you are interested in buying Babe Ruth cards, check out 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards, 1952 Topps Look N' See Cards, and 1961 Fleer Baseball Cards.  There's also various magazines and publications bearing the likeness of the Bambino to choose from.

Image from the movie "The Sandlot"

Thursday, September 1, 2011

1962 Bubbles Inc. Mars Attacks Cards


Put on your tin foil hat and prepare for the worst, because according to this set the martian invasion will be violent and gory!

The 1962 Mars Attacks Set consists of 55 cards in total.  The set was manufactured by Topps under the dummy corporation "Bubbles, Inc." The artwork for the set was created by Norman Saunders (who also did the artwork for Civil War News, Battle!, Batman, Flags of the World, and Wacky Packs).  Woody Gelman, who had a hand in helping Sy Berger create the design for the 1952 Topps Baseball Card Set, created the story that would show up on the back of the cards.

# 30 Trapped - 1962 Bubbles Inc. Mars Attacks
The cards were distributed via vending machine, costing 5 cents for a pack of five. They initially sparked some controversy with parents because of their gory images and sexually explicit themes.  The violent depictions were not the norm for trading cards from that era.

Image of the card back
The public backlash, caused Topps to initially "censor" some of the more violent and gory cards.  Eventually, due to mounting pressure and lawsuits brought forth against them, Topps was forced to stop production of the set. 


This set became extremely popular amongst kids and fans of monster-themed cards.  This was partly due to the array of destruction on humankind depicted through death rays, fire, and giant insects.  Another reason was that the children's parents didn't want them to have the cards, which made the kids want to collect them even more!
# 1 The Invasion Begins - 1962 Bubbles Inc. Mars Attacks

The first card, "The Invasion Begins" as well as the last card, which is a checklist, are the two most valuable cards in the set.  These cards command a premium in higher grades.


The 1962 Bubbles Inc. Mars Attacks set is still one of the most popular non-sports collectors sets around.  Dean's Cards has an extensive inventory if you are wanting to buy Mars Attacks cards.  And if you want to sell cards, we are also ALWAYS buying 1962 Topps Mars Attacks Cards.  DeansCards.com also carries 1962 Bubbles Inc. Mars Attacks Reprints, and Reprint Sets. If you're interested in Mars Attacks cards, check out 1964 Bubbles Inc. Outer Limits Cards!