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Old 07-03-2017, 03:24 PM
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Sorry if I offended; I wasn't getting any comments, so I figured there was no interest and I would just answer the one who showed interest. No hidden message.

If my data are representative (a legitimate IF), then conventional wisdom about the print run could be in error. There are two premises in the current model Patrick suggested 18 months ago: 1) the cards are generally in numerical order and not randomly placed on the sheet, and 2) Two 100-card sheets constitute a full cycle, which is then repeated. Over enough data, this should lead to a 2:1 ratio and not the ~1.2 that the data show.

Seems to me premise 1) is probably correct. Looks like the way Topps did it over several years and it makes sense. That leaves premise 2). Perhaps there is a third 100-card sheet as part of one printing unit. This third sheet could over-represent the last 20 cards and adjust the ratio downward from 2:1. Indeed three sheets could have 5 of each number. Since the data do show that there is a fall-off in population for 171-190, something else might be going on.

Also, it is interesting to remember that the 20 lowest pop cards are NOT just the last 20, but also some numbers from the first 40, e.g. #161 Rogovin.

All-in-all, I really don't know the answer, Zach. Maybe the cards are randomly placed on an unknown number of sheets, then repeated.

And feel free to entertain yourselves--might be more productive.
No offence taken.

I would like to contribute to this thread if I had the knowledge but at this point it's like I am reading from a book gathering as much info as possible.

There was a time or 2 when I thought I may have/own a gray back but that was quickly dismissed, unfortunately.
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I would like to contribute to this thread if I had the knowledge but at this point it's like I am reading from a book gathering as much info as possible.

There was a time or 2 when I thought I may have/own a gray back but that was quickly dismissed, unfortunately.
We can now further debunk the "Canadian" theory!

Also, the 5th series sps are 280-300, not the last row of 10! Why would the 3rd be different?
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:11 PM
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One possible explanation for the difference in print ratios could be related to the initial crude design. It has been documented many times that Cy Berger created this set over his kitchen table, and some half sheets still in existence support this contention. Examples of sheets exist where the borders don't even match up...resulting in notoriously poor centering when the sheets were cut.

Taking this one step further - maybe some of their 3rd sheet mid-series production was never distributed due to poor centering. The only gray backs I seem to find are the ones that are off center 95/5!

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Since you want people to respond and a Bill Wight card was posted I'll share my story. I had a Bill Wight in my collection and I knew it was different than the other one I had so I keep both didn't know at that time their were grey backs.
I'm in OBC and George Vrechek asked if anyone had a grey back Wight because someone needed it to finish their set. So I sent him a picture and said this?
He said yes I believe I traded it to someone here before I was a member.
Don't remember his name but he gave me four grey backs for it then I traded three to Patrick to get down to one again. Then three years ago I found one in Canada to get me up to two again.
I will say I got both of my cards in Canada to stir that pot. One card is graded and this is my second one. Rick
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Good story Rick
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:38 PM
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Also, the Frank House card has a yellow tiger version, as well as the normal orange tiger version However, I have yet to see a variation of the pale tiger similar to that found on the cream backs. It's been either one or the other, with the pale yellow being extremely rare.
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when I'm at a card show, and I have the time, I'll thumb through the '52 Topps cards and look for the rare gray backs. After many many tries, I found one at a show in "The Villages" (a retirement community in Central Florida). $5 bargain box pick up. I almost never sell cards, but this one I was going to sell. I had it graded, and after talking it over with Patrick, I put it on eBay auction (starting price of $300). To bad a bidding war didn't break out, cause the card only got one bid.

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it's been getting tougher and tougher to find Grays in the bargain bins! I havent been able to pick up any from a show in quite a while.
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:56 AM
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Not meaning to digress from the intent of Bill's original post - but was more than 1 type of gray paper stock used? I've attached pics of the same card #270, a semi-high card, which appears to have been printed on 2 types of paper....both are gray.

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