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Question about 1985 Merchantes

Were these hand cut or distributed in packs? I'm looking to pick up a few, but not if they are hand cut.

"My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. Our childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When we were insolent we were placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds - pretty standard really."

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  • erikthredderikthredd Posts: 7,911 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 22, 2023 10:56AM

    Are you talking about the basketball 1985-86 Merchante Campeonato's like these two graded MJ's below? They did come in packs,I've seen a few pop up for sale over the years. IIRC I remember reading that they might have been distributed with some type of yogurt product in and around Spain during that time but I'm not entirely sure if that is correct or not.
    They weren't hand cut but that series tended to have horrible centering and I'm sure some collectors in Spain might have cut some of them.
    They're not really stickers,they are made out of some type of card stock. If you're buying raw I'd say that you're biggest worry would be to check for paper loss on the back. There was a 85-86 Merchante Campeonato album that collectors would either glue or tape the cards in place and years later when the better NBA players were worth decent money they'd just remove them causing paper loss on back.

    The raw card below them was from the 1986 Merchante set. Kind of same deal as above. Came in packs,not really stickers but card stock and were glued or taped into the album.

    There were also actual Merchante stickers released in 1987 that came in packs and were not handcut. They were comparable to Panini stickers and crease very easily so check the surface good if they're raw. Also these Spain sellers tend to remove them from the album then throw some type of blank white paper on back,if you don't see a card number and a Converse sneaker ad on back then its been definitely removed from an album at some point.

    I hope this helped.

  • shagrotn77shagrotn77 Posts: 5,560 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks, Eric!

    "My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. Our childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When we were insolent we were placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds - pretty standard really."
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