Saturday, March 16, 2019

Information Pulled From AtlasCards Site That No Longer Exists

Here is the numbering for the different Sportscaster sets.  The cards I got this week were from sets 17-033 and 0086-1030.  I confirmed with my daughter that the set numbered 17-033 is indeed the German set as mentioned below.  Set 0086-1030 is written in Dutch language.  That must be the Belgian set which matches the numbers below.  

PSA slabbed some of the cards in set 0086-1030 as being "Dutch" since they are written in that language.  Are they part of the Belgian set or a Dutch set if there is such a thing?  Can anyone confirm this since one of the official languages of Belgium is Dutch?

Is there a Danish (Denmark) set?

Everything below is from their site - these are not my thoughts.  


USA / NORTH AMERICA SET: 

Set: # 03 005 --- 1977-1979 Editions Rencontre (DECKS 01-88, 101-103)

UNITED KINGDOM / GREAT BRITAIN 

SET: # 13 064 --- 1977-1980 Editions Rencontre (DECKS 01-88, 101-103 
BUT MANY DIFFERENT CARDS FROM THE USA SET)

FRANCE / FRENCH 

SET: # 16-265 --- 1976-1980 Editions Rencontre (DECKS 01-88 and 101-124)

SWEDEN / SWEDISH 

SET: # 47-021 --- 1977-1982 Editions Rencontre (DECKS 01-76)

FINLAND / FINNISH 

SET: No set number cards are numbered accumulatively with deck numbers so 1-1 to 1-24, then 2-25 to 2-48 and so on up to at least 115 decks and 2,760 cards)

GERMANY / GERMAN 

SET: # 17-033 --- 1977-1979 Editions Rencontre (DECKS 01-88, 101-106)

ITALY / ITALIAN 

SET: # 833 1976-1978 maybe longer, very rare set. Also an accumulative set from card 1-1 up to at least deck 37 and card 888.

BELGIUM / BELGIAN 

SET: # 0086/1030 --- 1977-1978 or longer, runs accumulative from 1-1 up to at least deck 70 and card 1680.

DENMARK / DANISH 

SET: Not much is known at this time about this rarest of Sportscaster sets.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Sportscaster Cards from Germany

UPDATE - I screwed up these two sets. 

It's been a good week for me with Sportscaster cards.   Today I picked up a bunch of cards from the German set.  This set is numbered 17-033 followed by the deck and pack (i.e. 22-13).  I like that it works like the USA set with card numbers in each deck starting at 01.


I was surprised to see two cards of Rosi Mittermaier.  I rarely see doubles in any Sportscaster lot so I immediately turned it over expecting one of them to maybe be a promo card.  Sure enough, it was number 17 993 08.  This 993 code has been found on the promos from each set that I've seen so far.  



Does it make sense for Mittermaier to be on a promo card?  She did win gold medals in the 1976 and she's from Germany.



Who else was used as promo cards in this set?  I didn't check all of the cards, but maybe I have more than just this one.



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

An Oddity With the Belgian Sportscaster Cards

Update - these are from Belgium and/or The Netherlands.

When I was collecting baseball cards in the 1970s there were cards attached in Dynamite magazine, which I didn't ever get.  A few friends read it so eventually I ended up with these panels of cards.  They are easy to distinguish from regular cards from the late 1970s due to the obvious perforation used to attach them into the magazine.

I found a bunch of Belgian Sportscaster cards with the squared-off corners and perforations.  The card stock actually seemed a bit thinner than the normal Sportscaster cards.  Yes, I said thinner.  I guess that is possible.

The numbering is the same so they are not promos like I've seen with some of the USA version of these cards.  Here are some photos.


In the photo above the cards on the left all have the perforations and squared-off corners.  The card on the right was also included in the pile of normal cards.


Above is a poorly-done closeup picture of the same cards.  



The front of the cards have a different color for the top portion.



Maybe I missed a few of these in the box, but these cards above also have perforations.  Sportscaster lots seem to rarely have duplicates since they were sold one pack at a time.  This lot didn't seem to have duplicates either, other than these cards with the perforations.  

Does anyone have any idea about these insert cards?  

Did the USA version or other Sportscaster versions do this?  I've gotten a lot of Sportscaster cards and I've never seen one like this before.  

Monday, March 11, 2019

Belgian Sportscaster Cards Finally Found Their Way to Me

UPDATE - these cards are written in Dutch and they are likely a part of the Belgian set.

These are my first cards from the Belgian set.  I am quite pleased because I ended up with a good number of track and field cards from this set.

Below is the front of one card and the back of another one.





The numbering system is 0086 1030 followed by the pack/deck number and the card number.  Like some of the other sets, the numbering doesn't restart for each pack/deck, so pack 2's first card is number 25 instead of being 02-01 in the USA set.

I picked up over 500 of these cards but there weren't any of the main sports from the USA included.  My next task is to determine if there are any cards in the Belgian set that are not in the USA set.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Counterfeit Sportscaster Cards?

https://www.sportscollectorsdigest.com/taft_counterfeit_scam_might_have_reached_1_milli/

I didn't know about this but that makes sense since I still don't have Bird, Gretzky and Magic Johnson. 

I knew about the Star Cards but I hadn't heard about the Starting Lineup cards, of which I have thousands.  I imagine that at least two of mine are fakes. 

At least it told me how to spot a fake SLU card.  The article didn't mention how to check a Sportscaster card to see if it is real.  Does anyone know what to look for with Sportscaster cards?

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Where Are the Sportscaster Foreign Cards?

I purchased some German version Sportscaster cards today.  That's great since I have none from this set.  Has anyone seen lots of foreign Sportscaster cards anywhere?  I will be putting all of the tradingcarddb.com lists into one spreadsheet.

I am almost done with a checklist of the USA version of Sportscaster cards.  I don't even know where to start with the foreign sets.  Does anyone have an idea?