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Old 02-05-2011, 01:36 PM
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If a Topps Salesman Sample from 1959 had Mays and Joe De Maestri on it, anyone have any idea/theory who the 3d player would have been ?
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:15 PM
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Salesman Sample??

Are the cards you refer to smaller than a normal card and say "PROMOTIONAL SAMPLE, THE TOPPS CO., Brooklyn NY" on the blank back?

If so they are not authentic, they are photos are cards cut from the Topps Baseball Cards Book or Team Issued Surf Books, and worthless.

If its something else, Id like to see pictures
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Old 02-06-2011, 01:14 AM
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Probably a Topps Ad panel. Some were 3 cards with an ad back, some were 2 cards with an aditional card size ad on the front. I think 59 was 3 cards, I'll have to find mine and see since I can't recall which just now.

I think, but I'm not positive that the 3 card panels had the same layout as the regular sheets.

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Old 02-06-2011, 02:49 AM
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'59 Salesman Samples are legit and were issued as 3 card panels. The card on the back does not correspond to any on the front.
I've got a couple, but not one with Mays on it. This is the front and back of one of mine, for some reason I scanned them at different sizes


Salesman Samples were issued by Topps from '52 thru '67, all 3 card panels with the exception of '60, which has 8 cards. The '55 panels also include a '55 Doubleheader on the back, as seen below.


Bowman issued them in '54 and '55. The '54's are 4 card panels, 2x2, with a sticker on the back. The '55's are 3 card panels with a sticker covering the entire back panel, as seen below


Fleer also issued a 3 card Salesman Sample in '59. I have not seen one from any other years. I have a whole bunch of 3 & 4 card panels from other Topps, Bowman and Fleer issues, but without any ad copy on the back they just seem like strips of uncut cards, and not ad panels.

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Old 02-06-2011, 09:51 AM
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Anthony---that is interesting about the back card stats not matching anyone on the front. I wonder if that argues against being able to predict who the 3d player was on Don's cut 2 card panel.

Steve---that is what I am trying to find out, was De Maestri next to Mays on the first series sheets, and if so, who was next to them. Interesting that someone would cut off a card and leave Mays....unless it was Mantle
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Al, not only do they not match anyone on the front, in at least the case of this '57 panel the number of the card on the back is incorrect- in '57 #87 was Tom Gorman, not Clint Courtney, as it was on this panel (this one is not mine, it sold in the last Mile High)


The few salesman samples I have that I also have uncut production sheets for match up on the fronts, the backs are a completely new creation. I would suspect if you can find a 1st series sheet from '59 you'll see who is missing from Don's panel.

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Old 02-06-2011, 10:39 AM
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Great item Anthony. Don't go cutting Yogi off..
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:56 PM
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Here is a three card salesman sample from the 1960 set.
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The backs were always just a random player on the one card that was supposed to be representative of an actual card. 1957 Duke Snider's were the most well known variety a while back and I believe have at least two different backs. With arrays 11 rows across, wonder why they almost always used three cards, seems like they could run two columns of three cards then use a larger piece for a point of sale display (5 cards across), unless the used a smaller sheet for these. A full uncut sheet of samples would be a cool find-can't recall ever seeing one.
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ECRich-
Is that a complete panel, or do you think it was cut from the bigger one?
The only examples I've seen are considerably bigger, but it would make sense that they did 3 card panels as well, since they did them for 8 years before and after.
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