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This Week in Sports Cards #4

This week I expand on a few recent articles about the 1990 Topps Frank Thomas NNOF and 1960 Fleer Jim Woodard cards and talk a bit about dealer sheets, along with the usual hobby reads, news, and tweets.

Pulling the 1990 Topps Frank Thomas NNOF From Packs

There are, unfortunately, sports card sellers trying to take advantage of uninformed collectors. In particular, lately, I’ve seen many listings for 1990 Topps Baseball boxes promising a 1990 Topps Frank Thomas No Name on Front variation. The reality is that no one knows for sure if boxes might have one, so collectors shouldn’t pay more for these sorts of listings.

1990 Topps Frank Thomas No Name on Front

It’s pretty clear that the NNOF came out of boxes and cases of hobby wax or retail/grocery wax from the east coast and not from cello, rack, jumbo, or factory cases. Unlike the 1989 Fleer Bill Ripken FF Error, there are no known markings, case numbers, or specific print dates that the hobby has pieced together for finding 1990 Topps variants.

1990 Topps Baseball Box

Might there still be a Thomas trapped in a pack? Sure, but if you are interested in obtaining a 1990 Topps Frank Thomas NNOF, your best bet is buying one locked in a plastic prison (PSA, SGC, etc.).

Hobby Reads

1960 Fleer Jim Woodard

In an article called 10 of the Toughest Sports Cards to Track Down, I included the 1960 Fleer #84 Jim Woodard as it is challenging to find centered. But why was it so commonly miscut? It turns out it was due to the card’s positioning on the uncut print sheets.

1960 Fleer Uncut Half Sheet – Woodard Bottom Left

Football Card Gallery has an excellent rundown of the two halves of the 264 card print sheets from the 1960 Fleer Set. Each half-sheet made a full 132 card set, and on both sheets, the Woodard is on the left side, with one of them in the bottom left corner. It then seems Fleer struggled to align their cutters, making the 1960 Fleer Jim Woodard one of the most condition-sensitive football cards ever printed, straight out of the pack.

In the News

1978 Topps Football Dealer Sheet

1978 Topps Football Wax Box Dealer Sheet

Vintage dealer sell sheets are a great way to learn about the history, and technical specifications, of post-war cards. They were sent to dealers to advertise upcoming releases and provided pricing and facts for the product. The 1978 Topps Football example above shows the product number is #359-78 (printed on the wax case, pictured below), each box has 36 twenty-cent packs, and a case would have 16 boxes and sell for $72 a case. Topps also would deliver ten cases for $180.

1978 Topps Football Wax Case – #359-78

These dealer sheets are another hobby segment you might consider collecting. Or perhaps just the one from a particular set you collect. You can buy most dealer sheets for under $20.

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