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Old 08-16-2011, 09:38 PM
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It's pretty weird that there would be others listed for sale if they never existed. Unfortunately, I can't find anything else really online about these beyond the ones we know exist. I guarantee if they were stamped with "Topps" there'd be sets all over we could reference no matter how few were made. Somebody must have a stash of these somewhere. I thought it would be a headache looking for variations when I read this was a 20 card set; at possibly 39 cards it would seem to be a real nightmare. I wonder how long the silver plated statues were available as they seem to have disappeared after the Sporting News offer.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:17 PM
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got some more of the middle of the SN ad:



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Old 08-17-2011, 09:50 AM
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I honestly think (aside from maybe proofs) that this is a 20 card set, and a 22 figure set, but I'm a little less certain today than I was a couple of days ago. I would think that somewhere along the lines some card or figure of a player I never saw would be added to the Standard Catalog - at this point the only one that is listed that I never saw a card or staue for is Rose, and it sounds like that never got past the proof stage.

Hey maybe you can call that number collect and see if they have any left!
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:35 AM
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I don't think they'd answer. It looks like the number switched over to United Microwave Industries in the early 80's. I doubt they'd answer either as it seems that they made software for Commodores.

It does seem odd that they'd advertise for statues that never were produced especially when you look at one like the Dean which was mentioned in 3 ads over the course of nearly a year. I guess unless some other evidence turns up that we won't really know what was made. Even if we are back at a 20 card set, there are the variations that seem to affect most/all of those cards and the silver plated statues which may or may not have extended past the original 8 looking at the advertising. We could really use someone with a stack of Sporting News, Baseball Digest, and probably SCD magazines from 1979-1982 who also has a lot of free time to look them over.

I was looking at my 04 Beckett Catalog last night. It only lists 3 of the 7 SPs that the '10 catalog has (Ryan, Koufax, and maybe Cedeno?). It stated they were marked SP for the difficulty of the statue of those 3.
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:04 PM
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I made up a composite of the cards I have found images of so far. I marked the cards that do not fit the catalog description of what is supposed to be on the card.



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Old 08-17-2011, 09:26 PM
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:56 PM
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Thanks for all of your research - all the figures shown are the same 22 we have ever found. I can try to get you a better picture of the Cedeno in a couple weeks.

Looking back through the posts, "Signature Preventures" seems like a very odd name for a company, doesn't it? I almost wonder if the artist got to make up some of these cards and sold them with that funky trademark to distinguish from the Signature Miniatures company. Would it be reasonable to assume that the last batch with the SP trademark were sold without statues?
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:56 AM
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Thanks for all of your research - all the figures shown are the same 22 we have ever found. I can try to get you a better picture of the Cedeno in a couple weeks.

Looking back through the posts, "Signature Preventures" seems like a very odd name for a company, doesn't it? I almost wonder if the artist got to make up some of these cards and sold them with that funky trademark to distinguish from the Signature Miniatures company. Would it be reasonable to assume that the last batch with the SP trademark were sold without statues?
It seems like a terrible name for a baseball card set, but if Metallic Creations folded and the Signature Miniatures statues weren't included I suppose you had to call them something. You may be on to something as I haven't seen any card for sale with the SP mark accompanying a statue, but then again it looks like you might have a few in your display. Maybe they were used to clear out the remaining inventory and then issued just as cards?
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:27 AM
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Ditto on Rose statue have only seen this artist proof never seen a card.

Do you own this Rose?
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:09 PM
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Do you own this Rose?
No but I know who does.
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