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1968 Xograph 3-D Experimental Soccer Card - Faustinho Cané

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,422.00

Offered is an extremely rare (we believe unique) and extremely fascinating card of soccer player Faustinho Jarbas Cané from an experimental Xograph issue. This card is obviously very closely related to the legendary 1968 Topps 3-D baseball test set, a highly revered set among serious collectors due its extreme rarity and unique design. All final-production Topps 3-D cards were issued with rounded corners, but over the years, several square proofs have been documented, including the 1999 discovery of a Brooks Robinson square proof and this card of Cané, a member of the elite European soccer club S.S.C. Napoli. We believe that all of the unique and near-unique 1968 Topps 3-D rarities known, including the square-cornered Brooks Robinson and this soccer card, are related to a single find that long ago originated from someone who was involved in some manner with the production of the set at Xograph, the company that worked with Topps to produce the 1968 3-D test issue. This card has an ink stamp on the reverse, similar to many of the baseball cards from the 3-D set, which reads: "This is an experimental XOGRAPH card produced as a limited edition. Not for public circulation or distribution. Not for resale. To be returned to: Visual Panographics, Inc., 488 Madison Avenue, New York, New York." (Research Note: "Xograph" was a trademark of Visual Panographics, Inc., the company that worked with Topps to produce the 1968 Topps 3-D set.) Not much is known about the intentions of Topps, Xograph, or other related manufacturers and their possible desire to issue a soccer or multisport set in the same fashion as the small, twelve-card baseball set, but this unique experimental Xograph test card is the only surviving remnant that we have seen and an exciting tangible clue about "what could have been." Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,422.00

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