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Examining the Short Prints

1) There is little question that #93 Dave Baker is the scarcest card in the set coming from a combination of Grape Nuts 11 oz. and Oat Flakes 10 oz. panels—the two lowest count products in the card total rankings.

2) Dave's panel mate on the GN11 box was Sam Baker, whose #74 card was also printed on a Post Tens tray with #103 Bob St. Clair, driving up the number of cards sold from this panel. Sam Baker's Post cereal card averages over $100, the only one to break the $100 mark other than Dave Baker's which averages more than $300. Undoubtedly, the Bakers rank one and two for scarcity.

3) Angelo Coia's #110 was printed only on a Rice Krinkles 10 oz. panel, inherently creating scarcity. This card has been listed as a short print since early days and rightly so. It is more available than either of the Bakers.

4) #10 Tom Moore, #103 Bob St. Clair and #139 Allen Green were all featured on Raisin Bran 10 oz. and Post Tens panels. Moore's P10 panel also had short prints Y. A. Tittle and Jim Gibbons on it. Tittle's appearance on this panel may have contributed to Moore and Gibbons also being retained by collectors in 1962 as the total card count for this panel is significantly higher than the rest of the P10 panels. The RB10 panel with Moore has the lowest count of the four from that product. Moore's card price may be higher than the St. Clair and Green because he was with the Lombardi Packers of the 1960s.

5) Tom Tracy #133 and Jack Pardee #169 were on two panels with each other, Post Toasties 8 oz. panel 97 and Oat Flakes 10 oz. panel 133. Theoretically these two cards should be similar in population and price, but Tracy comes in with a lower number of cards sold and a higher average price.

6) Bob St. Clair's card #103 was part of RB10 panel 84 with Steve Myhra (#84), #121 Preston Carpenter and short print #139 Allen Green. His other panel was a Post Tens with #74 Sam Baker. St. Clair is in the NFL Hall of Fame, yet his card price is relatively low considering the panels his cards are on have low percentages.

7) Printed as card #139, Allen Green's only season in the NFL was 1961 and so it is likely a lot of his cards were disposed of prior to the ascension of card collecting in the 1970s. Green's card count and panel percentages are very similar to St. Clair's, yet the average price for #139 is significantly higher. Green's card was viewed as a short print in early guides while St. Clair did not receive that designation until later.

8) Y. A. Tittle is card #29 and Joe Morrison's card is #24. Both player's cards were printed on Bran Flakes 11 oz. and Post Tens products but not on the same panels. Tittle's Hall of Fame career helps drive up demand for his card as his cards counts are much higher than Morrison's. Tittle's BF11 panel 29 count of 64 is lower than Morrison's 96 on panel 5, but it is opposite for P10 panels as Morrison's panel count came in at 48 and Tittle's at 90. Tittle's P10 panel also included short prints #10 Tom Moore and #48 Jim Gibbons.

9) Darris McCord's #54 was a duplicate panel printed on Sugar Coated Corn Flakes 10 oz. and Oat Flakes 15 oz. panels. OF15 cards, in general, are harder to find than their SCCF10 twins. McCord is high on the short print list by virtue having been deleted from Rice Krinkles 10 oz. panel 16 when Post decided to print only four RK10 cards per box instead of five. Had #54 not been removed from the RK10 panel, he would have had the same pairing as Jimmy Carr's #35 and would not have been a short print.

10) Jack Pardee #169 was paired with Tom Tracy as detailed above. Pardee's cards have higher counts and a lower average price. Pardee had a longer NFL career and then was a successful pro and college coach. Maybe that partially explains Pardee's card being more available.

11) Joe Schmidt was a Hall of Fame linebacker with the Lions. His card #59 is the only card with a PT8 and RB10 pairing—both significantly low on the panel count list. Schmidt's reasonably high number of cards available may be due to his career longevity, HOF status and name recognition.

12) Sugar Coated Corn Flakes 10 oz. and Oat Flakes 10 oz. panels had #145 Jerry Tubbs on them. The SCCF10 panel 145 was not double printed as an OF15 panel, so Tubbs' card is in smaller supply than had it been double printed. OF10 oz. boxes were scarce, so Tubbs' cards are in high demand.

13) Jess Richardson's #41 and Jim Gibbons #48 are printed on separate PT8 and P10 panels. Richardson's card has historically been considered one of the tougher cards in the set to obtain. The average card price for #41 is slightly higher than Gibbons' cost.

14) Joe Morrison's card #24 along with Y. A. Tittle's #29 are the only pair of cards printed on both BF11 and P10 panels. Tittle's overall card count is higher than Morrison's, yet Tittle's popularity as a Hall of Famer makes his average card price roughly triple that of Morrison.

15) Long considered a semi-short print, #181 Dick Pesonen's card was on BF11 and SCCF10 back panels. As with Jerry Tubbs' #145, Pesonen's SCCF10 was not double printed with an OF15 card, resulting in lower numbers. Bran Flakes 11 oz. panels have low population counts.

16) Del Shofner's #28, Dick Nolan's #25 and #44 Chuck Weber are all short prints that appeared on RB10 and Grape Nuts Flakes 16 oz. panels. GNF16 panels were at the high end of short print panel percentages, while RB10 panels were close to the low end. Shofner's card has historically been classified as a short print that brings a decent price—more than either Nolan or Weber. Panel counts for Shofner's GNF16 and RB10 panels are quite a bit lower than those of Nolan and Weber for whatever reason, explaining the demand and higher price for Shofner's card.

17) Paired with Jess Richardson's #41 on PT8 and P10 panels, #48 Jim Gibbons' card card count is higher and his average price a little lower than Richardson even though the products they appear on are the same. Gibbons numbers could be somewhat inflated by being on the same P10 panel as #10 Tom Moore and #29 Y. A. Tittle.

18) Larry Morris' card #117 was the card in the first position on both a BF11 and GNF16 panel. The card count for BF11 panel 117 are similar to the other three BF11 panels. However, GNF16 panel 117 has a much lower count than two of the other GNF16 panels. Morris' card is on the same GNF16 panel as #193 Joe Krakoski, long a short print legend, causing one to question whether this panel was the victim of production problems or simply suffered from lack of star power and left many boxes on grocery store shelves.

19) #111 Mike Ditka was featured on Rice Krinkles 10 oz. and Oat Flakes 10 oz. boxes along with #36 Ted Dean. Both were on OF10 panel 17. Ditka's rookie card helps to inflate the Hall of Famer's demand and price. RK10 panels were high on the panel count list and OF10 panels were very low.

20) The Cowboys' Mike Connelly #136 was on GNF16 panel 136 with Larry Morris, Bart Starr, Del Shofner and Bobby Walston. His other card was a BF11, making him one of five cards with a GNF16/BF11 short print pairing.

21) Ted Dean's card #36 doesn't command the price of Mike Ditka's #117 despite having lower card totals and panel percentages. They were featured on OF10 and RK10 panels.

22) Bill Koman's #153 card was printed on BF11 and SCCF10 panels—the same products as #181 Dick Pesonen's although on different panels. The two cards' counts and panel percentages are similar, but Pesonen's cards average price is about one and a half times higher than Koman's.

23) Tom Brookshier is on card #34 and was printed on OF10 panel 34 with #93 Dave Baker. Brookshier's card is also featured on the SCCF10/OF15 double printed panel 15. The additional OF15 cards are what makes this card more available than Jerry Tubbs' #145 cards as Tubbs was printed on SCCF10 and OF10 panels but not on an OF15. Brookshier's card has not been classified by the guides as a short print card and so many of his cards may either not have been sold or have been placed in lots. In any event, #34 ranks fourth on the card count list.

24) Rip Hawkins' #175 card is another case of being passed over by the guides. Residing on RB10 and RK10 panels, the card often appears to be overlooked by sellers, but not by buyers as the average price point is definitely in line with most mid-range short prints. The RB10 version of this card sells less than half as often as the RK10 card.

25) Don Joyce's #176 is the only card printed on Post Tens and Sugar Coated Corn Flakes. The count for SCCF10 panel 153 (which Joyce is on) and 145 (Jerry Tubbs, et al) is lower than the other two SCCF10 panels due to the belief that there is no double print OF15 panel for either SCCF10 panels 145 or 153. Joyce's card has been listed as a short print from the earliest guides on forward. Joyce's Post Tens panel also includes Joe Krakoski, a card long considered by the guides as one of the scarcest in the set.

26) The combination of Grape Nuts Flakes 16 oz. and Bran Flakes 11 oz. panels produced five short print cards including #43 Bobby Walston. Larry Morris' #117 card is the scarcest from this product combo. Walston's #43 was printed on GNF16 panel 136 which has a relatively low panel percentage.

27) Joe Krakoski's card #193 has traditionally been thought of as one of the five toughest cards in the set. It is true that both his GNF16 and P10 individual panel percentages are low. However, Post Tens panels rank sixth and GNF16 ninth in overall card availability making those cards more easily acquired than many other short print cards. Krakoski's card has held short print status since the first guide was published. Card #193's prices reflect collectors' belief that this card is one of the most difficult in the set to obtain. Ralph Guglielmi is on the same two products and prices for card #158 do not reflect a state of equality. Glance down to number 34 in this list for more on Guglielmi.

28) The only card appearing on the combination of BF11 and RK10 panels is #188 Bill Anderson. Anderson's RK10 version is available about three times as often as the BF11 version.

29) Frank Youso's #186 short print was found on PT8 and RK10 panels. Identified early on as a short print along with #97 Jim Johnson which had the same combination of products, this card is not overly difficult to acquire.

30) Another GNF16/BF11 combination, #62 Galen Fiss' card appears on the two panels with the highest percentages for their product group. The price of this card is the lowest of the five short prints with this panel combination.

31) Jesse Whittenton's #15 is the only card in the set to appear on a Post Toasties 8 oz. panel and a Sugar Coated Corn Flakes 10 oz. panel with a double printed Oat Flakes 15 oz. panel. This card has never been listed as a guide short print.

32) Steve Myhra's card #84 appeared on RB10 and double printed SCCF10/OF15 panels. Guides do not consider this card a short print for unknown reasons. This helps keep the average price of Myhra's card below $10. The RB10 version appears only 25% of the time this card is sold.

33) Another card shunned by the guides is #78 Ordell Braase. The only card with a panel combination of PT8 and GNF16, collectors have figured out that this card requires low end short print money to purchase one in average condition.

34) From the same two products as #193 Joe Krakoski, Ralph Guglielmi's #158 was printed on Post Tens and Grape Nuts Flakes 16 oz. boxes. Krakoski's panel percentage total is slightly less than Guglielmi's and #193's card count about 20% less, yet the average price for a Krakoski is five times that of a Guglielmi. A good case could be made this is a result of historical guide bias.

35) Dick Nolan's #25 and #44 Chuck Weber were panel mates as they were adjoining cards on GNF16 panel 6 and RB10 panel 25. Nolan's actual card counts are much higher than Weber's as the guides have traditionally classified Weber as a common and Nolan as a short print. The reality is that Weber's cards don't get sold as often. Del Shofner's card #28 with the same product assignment as Nolan and Weber has historically been classified as a short print that brings a decent price—more than Nolan or Weber. Panel counts for Shofner's GNF16 and RB10 panels are quite a bit lower than those of Nolan and Weber for whatever reason, explaining the demand and higher price for Shofner's card.

36) Carroll Dale's card #163 GNF16/SCCF10 combination originated on lower percentage panels for each of these two panels in relation to the other panels in their product group. The GNF16 version came on panel 117 with Larry Morris and Joe Krakoski, while the SCCF10 was on panel 153 which was not double printed with OF15 panels.

37) Card #135, Frank Clarke is the last of the BF11/GNF16 combination short prints. The card appears on the highest percentage GNF16 panel within the product group.

38) The bottom line on #44 Chuck Weber is that if #25 Dick Nolan is classified as a short print, #44 also has to be one too. Both of Weber and Nolan's cards were side by side on the same two panels. Either both are short prints or neither one is.

39) Jim Johnson's #97 PT8/RK10 combination matches that of #186 Frank Youso and their card counts are nearly identical. The panel percentage for Johnson's cards are slightly higher than Youso's. The great disparity comes in average price per card where Johnson's sells for only a little over half what Youso's does.

Other tough cards) Don Bosseler's #189 and Larry Wilson's #154 were printed on RK10 and GNF16 panels. While both products are home to some short print cards, this combination is not scarce enough to achieve short print status.

A true single print, Jim Martin's card #55 was printed only on a Sugar Crisp 14 oz. panel, which ranked 17th out of 20 for product panel percentage. The individual panel that #55 was on ranked number 70 out of 81 individual panels by percentage. Still, the single print status placed Martin's card in the top ten for lowest individual card counts.

The GNF12/Top 3 10 oz. card of #164 Art Hunter is not on a short print panel and is not a guide short print either. The price of a Hunter card is low end for a short print. This card is hard to label as a short print, but their is usually some difficulty obtaining one.

Max McGee's #9 is the only number in the set with both versions coming from the same cereal brand—Raisin Bran in this case. Both of McGee's versions are from low percentage panels within their product groups. The price of his cards is definitely in short print ranks. Many collectors call this card a short print and arguing that it is not would be difficult despite one of the cards (RB14) not being a short print panel.

Paul Wiggin is on card #75, printed on RB10 and Grape Nuts 16 oz. panels. The RB10 versions are scarce and the GN16 versions more often than not are either creased in the upper left corner or the corner itself is missing. This is due to the fact that #75 was located right beside where the pour spout was placed causing the card to be creased or ripped in the corner when opening the box to pour the cereal. While this particular GN16 card is not all that scarce, finding one in decent shape can be somewhat challenging.

Several Oat Flakes 10 oz., Grape Nuts 11 oz., Bran Flakes 11 oz. and Raisin Bran 10 oz. cards that are paired with more common products are more difficult to find than most cards. Cards in this category are #18 Bob Gaiters, #147 Ed Cook, #82 Lenny Moore, #148 John David Crow, #92 John Brodie, #200 Bob Toneff, #47 Gail Cogdill, #67 Bob Mitchell and #73 Jim Ray Smith fall into this category. They are not short prints, but collectors will often find these difficult to obtain and wonder why.

The myth) Jerry Kramer's card has been listed by several guides over the years as a short print. Listings on eBay often reflect that status even today. While Kramer's Post Tens #8 card has some degree of difficulty to obtain, the RB14 version is anything but. Egged on by the thought of short print money, sellers list this card often. Kramer's card came in at number 65 on the short print list.