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Different Companies That Currently Issue Baseball Cards

Jul 15, 2008
The introduction of baseball cards into the world of collectibles was shortly after they were first produced. However, the producers of Old Judge and Gypsy Queen cigarettes were the first company to introduce them inside their products.

Compared with the standard size of baseball cards today, these first cards were a lot smaller and even printed on thick cardboard. The Old Judge baseball cards were issued between 1886 and 1890 with over two thousand different cards actually being issued. These cards were such a success that soon other cigarettes companies began issuing their own cards, which were soon followed by other variety of companies and products.

Determining the value of your baseball cards can be determined by using one of the two popular pricing guides, which are Beckett and Tuff Stuff. However, determining the value of your cards can be tricky, especially with two different pricing guides pricing the same cards and the cards having different values. The Beckett pricing guide is the most commonly used guide, so prices are determined by using Becket. Both pricing guides will give a high value and a low value for each card, which can be purchased monthly with new issues of their magazines. Currently, they are both offered on-line, which can be subscribe for a monthly fee.

There are several companies that produce baseball cards and the safest way to purchase baseball cards if from manufactures that are licensed and backed by Major League Baseball. Topps dominated the baseball card industry until they lost a lawsuit in 1980, then Fleer and Donruss started producing their own baseball cards. It was not long until baseball cards became more important than the gum that was package with them. Today other companies are producing baseball cards such as Score, Upper Deck, and Pacific which has led to a high quality of sport cards. Every year these companies will release a brand new set of baseball cards, which will normally be released close to the time that the season starts.

Older baseball cards tend to be expensive due to them being so rare, however most collectors tend to collect newer cards, which can be purchased packs at any convenient market or sports collectible shops. Newer collectors will purchase packs of cards instead of purchasing single or rare cards, but by purchasing packs of cards you will be able to receive a combination of cards that could include special inserts or even limited edition cards.

As of 2006 there were two major baseball card manufactures who released complete sets, which were Topps and Upper Deck who will release a basic set. Complete sets are normally listed by the year then the name of the manufacture such as, 06 Topps, in pricing guide, but this sets will contain over 500 individual cards. Compete base sets are not very expensive and they are very popular with collectors who enjoy collecting their baseball cards in sets.

Pack of cards start at around a couple dollars, but can go up to one hundred dollars, which depends on the popularity of the set and their availability. There are some collectors who will only collect cards manufactured by Topps, which may include premium sets like Topps Finest and Bowman Chrome. Being an active baseball card collector is more affordable when cards are purchased with the opening of each baseball season.
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