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1964 Wheaties Baseball Stamps

1964 Wheaties Baseball Stamps

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1964 Wheaties Baseball Stamps offer a simple look at the game's stars and history from the perspective of the mid-1960s. Unless you're looking at top-condition singles that have been professionally graded, it's a relatively affordable set as well.

Designed to release in the lead-up to the 1964 All-Star Game at Shea Stadium, the checklist features 50 players from the 1963 Mid-Summer Classic. Because it's all All-Stars, the list is strong. Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron and Duke Snider are just some of the eventual Hall of Famers in the product.

The stamps are almost square, measuring 2 1/2 by 2 3/4 inches. The design is about as basic as it gets with a player picture inside a white frame. The only other design enhancement is a facsimile signature.

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Both the set of 1964 Wheaties Baseball Stamps and an album were part of a mail-away offer. Collectors got the full set and the book to house them in for 50 cents plus a certificate printed on specially marked Wheaties boxes.

The 48-page album includes moderately extensive write-ups for every player including career highlights. Details on the All-Star Game itself as well as baseball's ballparks are also included.

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Stamps were done in five sheets of nine plus one sheet of five. In order to make them single stamps, they had to be carefully perforated. That in itself can result in damage. Also, any moisture over the years could cause them to stick. Stamp paper is also less durable than traditional card stock. And then there's the simple fact that a lot of the stamps were likely put into the album as they were intended to. So while 1964 Wheaties Baseball Stamps aren't the rarest finds, there are likely significantly less than there could have been.

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1964 Wheaties Baseball Stamps Checklist

50 stamps. Stamps are not numbered.
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Hank Aaron
Bob Allison
Luis Aparicio
Ed Bailey
Steve Barber
Earl Battey
Jim Bouton
Ken Boyer
Jim Bunning
Orlando Cepeda
Roberto Clemente
Ray Culp
Tommy Davis
Johnny Edwards
Whitey Ford
Nellie Fox
Bob Friend
Jim Gilliam
Mudcat Grant
Dick Groat
Elston Howard
Larry Jackson
Julian Javier
Al Kaline
Harmon Killebrew
Don Leppert
Frank Malzone
Juan Marichal
Willie Mays
Ken McBride
Willie McCovey
Jim O'Toole
Albie Pearson
Joe Pepitone
Ron Perranoski
Juan Pizarro
Dick Radatz
Bobby Richardson
Brooks Robinson
Ron Santo
Norm Siebern
Duke Snider
Warren Spahn
Joe Torre
Tom Tresh
Zoilo Versalles
Leon Wagner
Bill White
Hal Woodeshick
Carl Yastrzemski

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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