Card of the Day: Ty Cobb 1933 Sport Kings Gum #1

Card of the Day: Kurt Bevacqua 1976 Topps Bubble Gum Blowing Champ #564

Card of the Day: Leonhard Seppala 1933 Sport Kings Gum Dog Sled Racing #48

Card of the Day: Floyd Mayweather Jr. 2010 Sport Kings Gum Series D #171

Card of the Day: 1956 Gum Products, Inc. Adventure – The Groundhog’s Shadow #73

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Card of the Day: 2007 Sport Kings Gum Series A Secretariat #35

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Card of the Day: Don Hutson 2013 Sport Kings Gum Series F #281

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Sam Thompson 1898 Cameo Pepsin Gum Pin

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When a product is released today, collectors can find out everything about it pretty quickly.  There aren’t too many surprises, and if there are you’ll hear about them shortly after the product is released.  That certainly isn’t the case when it comes to the 1898 Cameo Pepsin Gum pin set.  After being released over 100 years ago, new pins are still being discovered.

Even though this pin set has been dated to come from 1898, researchers believe that these could have been made as early as 1896.  They are the first known celluloid baseball pins ever made.  Collectors consider them to be one of the most important sets issued.  About three years ago, Kieth Olbermann wrote a highly detailed article on this set.

A new addition to the Cameo Pepsin Gum pin set is Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Sam Thompson.  The Thompson pin was found in New England by an antiques dealer while cleaning out an estate.  Given that it could be the only surviving pin around, it will most likely bring in thousands of dollars when the auction ends.

Original pins are difficult to find.  Don’t be fooled by all the replica ones you find on eBay.  You’re not going to find an original pin for $7.95.  Sets from this time period are fascinating.  These were not originally intended to be collectible let alone be worth anything.  Products like this are challenging and can take a lifetime to put together.  This is what happens when you try to put organization and logic to something that wasn’t meant to be logical and/or organized.  As of right now there are just over 100 pins in the set.

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Since we’re on the topic of really old pins.  I’d like to show off a new purchase I made a few weeks ago.  It has nothing to do with sports, but the odds of me finding this was slim to none.  The pin pictured above is of John E. Fox.  He was a PA Senator from 1901 to 1912.  After doing some research it turns out this man would be my step great grandfather.  This pin was made as a political promo.  Its not every day you find something of an old relative up for sale on eBay.  How it landed in a comic book shop in Newmanstown, PA is a total mystery to me.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1956 Gum Products – The Adventure Series

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If there is one set that dude from the Dos Equis commercials belongs in, it would have to be The Adventure Series made by Gum Products back in 1956.  This 100-card set literally has everything.  You’ll find cards containing scenes of war, boxers, Olympic athletes, mountain climbers, deep sea divers, fishermen, wildlife, the circus, atomic bombs, firefighters, boats, explorers, race cars, and so much more.  Anything goes with this set.  Obviously, condition is everything, but the cards that are in the most demand are the ones dealing with sports.  Boxers top that list.  Card #44 is of legend Rocky Marciano, and if its in really nice condition can sell for over $200.00.  But the card that gets the most attention, and sells for the highest is #86.  This is due to the Nazi symbol that’s on the card.  Good examples can sell for hundreds.  Outside of boxing, another popular card would be #55 like the one pictured above.  Its of Boston legend Harry Agannis who has very few cards.  These can go for $30.00 to $50.00 depending on the condition.

The 1956 Adventure Series is a very entertaining set, as it covers so many subject areas.  The painted artwork is printed on thick white card stock with a write up on the reverse side describing what is pictured on the front.  Packs of cards were quite cheap in 1956, but this was one of the cheapest even at it’s time.  Gum Products issued these cards in one cent packs.  It doesn’t get any cheaper than that, but you were only getting one card per pack too.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1976 Donruss Skateboard Stickers & Bubble Gum

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Here we have another neat little artistic set made by Donruss back in 1976.  Skateboard Stickers & Bubble Gum is a set that consists of 44-cards/stickers.  The artwork was done by comic-book artist Alex Niño who has worked with DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Warren Publishing, and Heavy Metal magazine in the past.  On browsing through the set you can see why Donruss would pick an artist like Niño.  It is filled with crazy skateboarding creatures.  The demand for these stickers isn’t all that good.  Full boxes with all their packs can sell for as little as $20.00.  Two years later in 1978 Donruss released another skateboarding product called All-Pro Skateboard.  This set contains artistic monsters as well as actual skateboarding photos.

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