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Old 08-09-2010, 07:22 PM
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That one is a beauty Rob...I didn't know Frank had let it go.
Yes, the good news is Frank let it go. The bad news is if I ever have a son, I'll be shipping him to Hawaii.
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:40 PM
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Default Small world regarding that stamp on the back

I grew about 7 miles away from where that auto dealer was located. Thanks for posting that.
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:56 PM
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Yes Rob, I asked many times on many sites if anyone seen another and never heard of any.
One guy I didnt know, did say he had a friend who had one (but he couldnt tell me the player) and was trying to talk me down on my price, I said if you show me a scan of another I'll knock down my price by 50%, but never heard back. Thats the closest.

The reprint HR Derby cards say reprint on the bottom of the front, but even if this is scuffed off they are easy to spot in person, the reprints are on a thicker sturdier card stock, the authentic cards are on a glossy type thin stock (similar to a R314-1).
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:19 AM
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REA had an Esslinger Home Run Derby sheet for sale a few years back. Apparently they issued individual cards too, as the Aaron was not hand cut from the sheet. The Aaron is cropped differently, not only top and bottom but also side to side (slightly).

I remember that card not meeting the $99 minimum bid on ebay, shortly before it sold. I have not seen any others.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:48 PM
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Here's a pic of that Esslinger's poster
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Looking for Nebraska Indians memorabilia, photos and postcards
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:34 AM
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I'm just getting into the Home run Derby set and this Mantle i won last week has the same Stamp....very cool! These things are getting pretty hard to find!
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:04 PM
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Since the topic of reprints came up, the beautiful 1960 Home Run Derby set was reprinted in the late 80s. The card dimensions and quality of the cardstock on the reprints is virtually the same as the originals. However, the reprints were marked as such with this notation to be found on the lower right border:

C.C.C. - 1988

The "C.C.C." stands for Card Collectors Company. I believe the head of the company at that time was Richard Gelman, son of famed early Topps employee, Woody Gelman.

Again, to avoid confusion, when I say "1960 Home Run Derby", that was the year the cards were issued, not 1959. I conclusively proved in my E-book, Never Cheaper By the Dozen, that they were issued the year after all the guides and grading companies have said they were.

---Brian Powell
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:32 PM
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Home Run Derby cards are one of my favorite sets from the 50s. Rare and cool!!!
Love Ty Cobb rare items
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:09 PM
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does any one know if that Aaron Esslingers card (not the sheet) posted above has sold since this thread was started? i searched online but could not find a sale. very cool card imo
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:01 PM
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I have the Kaline with the same tape marks and the same stamp on the back. I will try and post a picture of later. A really cool set and very tough to find.
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