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1965 Topps Federal Trade Commission Court Document
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $300
This fascinating original court document, issued April 30, 1965, presents the findings of the Federal Trade Commission and its "Final Order," regarding the issues surrounding allegations that Topps was engaging in unlawful monopolistic practices by signing up all baseball players to exclusive contracts, which did not allow other companies to sell baseball cards of current players with bubble gum. This was a landmark decision at the time, ending many years of ongoing litigation and allowing the Topps lock on the modern baseball card market to continue unchallenged again until the 1980’s. A tremendous amount of information regarding the history of baseball trading cards is presented in an effort to document, explain, and render opinions on the issues at hand. Fleer, Leaf, and all other competitors were effectively frozen out of the baseball-card business by the decisions presented in this document. Included are numerous illustrations of materials used as exhibits. The entire document (8 x 10.5 inches) is comprised of 54 photocopy pages printed on both sides, for a total of 114 pages. The two original binding staples have been removed, so the document is unbound. There can’t be too many of these that have survived, as we have never seen another. This extraordinary and historically significant document originates long ago from the personal collection of hobby pioneer Woody Gelman, who was the director of product development at Topps. There is no doubt that Gelman would have had a great interest in this case, both as a collector and in a professional capacity. In Excellent condition overall.
Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $300
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