Flashback Product of the Week: 1896 H818 Spalding Die-Cut Advertising Stand-Ups

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This is one of those very obscure sets that even the most experienced collectors may not have heard about.  Koerner & Hayes out of Buffalo, New York printed these up for Spalding back in 1896.  The official name of the set is 1896 H818 Spalding Die-Cut Advertising Stand-Ups.  It certainly isn’t the largest set in the world.  Only (5) cards make up the complete set.  I find it interesting as the cards aren’t of any specific athletes.  All you’ll find are generic people.  Try doing that in today’s hobby.

Like I said before, there are only (5) cards to the set.  Each one covers a different sport – baseball, football, cycling, golf, and tennis.  Spalding had these made up as a way to help promote their sporting goods.  Depending on the card, you’ll find a brief summary of the sport along with a basic outline of how that specific game is played.  The write-up on the cycling card however is basically just trying to sell you a bicycle.  According to the back of the card, a bike from Spalding would run you about $75.00.  That’s a lot of money in 1896.

Baseball Hall of Famer Henry Chadwick did the write-up on the baseball card.  The “Father of American Football”, Walter Camp, wrote the summary for the football one.  Sets like this really have a niche market.  The fact that there are no specific players is a main reason why it doesn’t appeal to many collectors.  But don’t let that fool you.  This set does have some value.  Complete sets have sold for $500.00.  That’s about $100.00 per card.  You’re obviously going to get more or less based on the condition.

Who wouldn’t want to see today’s football players dress like this?  I better not speak too loudly.  Panini might pull something like that.  We all know how much they like to dress up people for their studio shot photos.

Card of the Day: Kolten Wong 2014 Bowman Chrome Fire Die-Cut Refractor

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Leuer Elite Series Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Jon Leuer 12/13 Panini Elite Series Satus Die-Cut Auto #’ed/30.  Good luck!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Kings Elite Die-Cut Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Scott on being the lucky winner of the Bernie Nicholls 11-12 Elite Prime Numbers Die-Cut Jersey #’ed/475.  Once Scott sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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Vogelbach Contest! – NOW CLOSED

I feel like having two contests this week.  The winner of this contest will receive a Dan Vogelbach 2011 Elite Extra Edition Aspirations Die-Cut autograph #’ed/100.  Vogelbach is within the Chicago Cubs organization and is ranked as one of the top first base prospects.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Card of the Day: Jimmy Rollins 2011 Topps Diamond Die-Cut #53

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