Saturday, February 4, 2012

1997 Score Board Talk N' Sports Phone Cards $1000 Samples


1997 Score Board Talk N' Sports Phone Cards $1000 Samples
#1 Cal Ripken, Jr. [FRONT]
For some time I have been looking for a Cal Ripken, Jr. 1997 Score Board Talk N' Sports $1000 Phone Card and have never even seen one. According to the Beckett annual guide there were only 10 serial numbered cards produced. Just a few days ago, I found a copy on eBay for $8.99 plus shipping and was ecstatic! Surely this could not be what I had been looking for all these years at that price. It wasn't. However, it was something I had never seen before either. It was an unnumbered sample card. I have no idea how many of these samples are actually out there and they are not in any guide. Instead of a serial number and phone number to call to use the phone card, it had the word "SAMPLE" printed on the back. I have verified 3 of the 5 cards in the set exist. I think the full checklist is as follows and is the same as the regular $1000 phone card set:
1997 Score Board Talk N' Sports Phone Cards $1000 Samples
#1 Cal Ripken, Jr. [BACK]
  1. Cal Ripken, Jr.
  2. Scottie Pippen
  3. Brett Favre
  4. Allen Iverson
  5. Eddie George
I've noticed a number of these phone cards without serial numbers and other information missing on the backs on eBay over the past few months.

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