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|What Is a Tiffany Baseball Card |
The modern baseball card pushes the limits of printing and manufacturing technology. Holograms, game used memorabilia inserts, autograph inserts, reflective ink, lenticular movement, glossy ultraviolet protective coating, and archival quality card stock are now commonplace and have driven the new card market to increasingly higher prices. Many modern advances owe a debt to the tiffany baseball card sets that <a href=http://www.outlet-canada-goose.com>canada goose jackets</a> first appeared in the <a href=http://www.tiffanyoutlet-2014.com>tiffany and co outlet</a> 1980s. The tiffany card was, arguably, the first luxury baseball card and changed the collecting landscape.
Baseball cards have been manufactured since the 1800s. During the early part of the twentieth century, countless manufacturers were producing cards. The competition for the baseball card market continued up until World War II. Paper shortages and other factors left a hole in the market after the war and few companies were producing cards. By the early 1950s, the market was dominated by just two companies: Topps and Bowman. Topps succeeded in buying Bowman in 1955 and would control the market as a monopoly until the early 1980s when two new card companies appeared on the scene.
The appearance of Donruss and Fleer as baseball card manufacturers greatly impacted the market dominance enjoyed by Topps. Not only did they bring competition, but they were also bringing innovation. Within a few years, the sets issued by these rivals would gain favor for bold designs and the use of white card stock. <a href=http://www.saletiffanyjewellery.co.uk>tiffany uk</a> The traditional card stock used by Topps was gray and had remained unchanged since the companies inception. The need to regain market share and lure collectors back became the mission of the company. Competition leads to innovation. The tiffany baseball card was developed using some new ideas, but also using the competition's own innovations against them.
In 1984, Topps released the first tiffany baseball card. The name was chosen to capitalize on the luxurious connotations associated with the Tiffany name in American culture. People instantly connected the set to the department store, jewelry maker, and stained glass lamps of the past. The tiffany baseball card did boast many high priced changes. Released in limited quantities and only as sets, the tiffany card featured premium white stock and a glossy protective coating on the front. The limited quantity appealed to serious collectors as an investment. The casual collector who liked the quality of the <a href=http://www.cybermondaytiffanydeals.com>cyber monday tiffany</a> upstart companies were lured back to Topps. The tiffany baseball card would continue to be issued by Topps until 1991.
In the short time that it was <a href=http://www.tiffanyoutletstore1.co.uk>tiffany and co</a> offered annually, the tiffany baseball card changed the collecting landscape. Rivals quickly pushed to develop cards with more features that could be produced in mass quantity and at traditional prices. In 1989, the Upper Deck company debuted on the market. Upper Deck <a href=http://www.cybermondaytiffanydeals.com>tiffany and co cyber monday</a> used holograms, white stock and bold designs, but distributed cards in packs. The affordability and availability of Upper Deck spelled the end for the tiffany series. It was becoming illogical for collectors to continue to pay a premium for tiffany cards when standard cards from several companies looked as good and were more available.
How do I Identify a Tiffany Baseball Card?
Tiffany baseball cards are special edition Topps baseball cards produced from 1984 to 1991. Tiffany cards are worth considerably more than regular Topps.
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