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Three Stooges Cards Sell for $75,000

Posted: Jun. 23rd, 2008  |  By James Rothaar Freelance Writer |
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Trading Cards: Three trading cards of the Three Stooges, America's three most beloved knuckleheads of any era, recently sold for more than $75,000 on eBay. While many card collectors place emphasis on sports collectibles, it is somewhat of a twist that one of the largest trading-card transactions of the year consists of non-sports cards featuring Larry, Moe, and Curly.

The three trading cards in question are 1959 non-sports trading cards in mint condition issued by Fleer. All three are checklist cards, meaning the backside of each card lists out the cards in the series. There are only 223 of these cards known to be in circulation: 68 of Card #16; 73 of Card # 63; and 82 of Card #64. Additionally, only 13 of the 223 cards are in mint condition. PSA rates all three cards a 9--mint condition.

The limited production of the cards was due to technical difficulties. It was a list-minute decision by Fleer to even release the cards. Unlike the other cards in this series, the checklist cards were available only in gum packs and could not be ordered separately.

It is not the first significant sale involving the comedic trio, another Card #16, which was rated 10 by PSA, recently sold for $11,400, and a complete Three Stooges 96-card set went for $35,000 on eBay.

Star Cards of Value

The hoopla surrounding non-sports trading cards prompted Beckett's Graded Card Investor bi-monthly to add a six-page section that covers major non-sports trading cards released from 1933 to 1985. Also check out "The Sports Americana Non-Sports Cards 1930-1960" annual guide by Christopher Benjamin for further information.

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C3 Entertainment keeps the Three Stooges a mainstream commodity worldwide with DVDs, video games, and general merchandise.

It soitently is worth a look-see at www.threestooges.com.

For LxM James Rothaar
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15 Comments on this Article

R commented on December 11, 2012

I have the following 1959 trading cards: #90, 96, 21, 6, 36, 87, 3, 38. Are these of any value?

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daniel commented on October 28, 2012

looking for mint cards any # 3stooges

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James Scipione commented on August 2, 2011

i have 78 cards most in excellent condition would like to sell

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james commented on July 17, 2011

i have # 51,53,54,56,67,68,69,70,83,84,85 in what i would call near mint condition,just a dent in #56. all sharp corners, no stains or discolor. what is the value of these? thanks

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joe andreozzi commented on April 23, 2011

i have nubers 1 4 15 16 38 41 48 55 59 74 81 82 can you tell me what they are worth near mint conditon

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John commented on October 30, 2010

Hi, I have a card #87 and #65 in good condition and was wondering what they were worth?

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R Waring commented on October 19, 2010

I have all three of the checklist cards in great shape, no rounding of the corners, centered, and I believe only one has been checked in the back of the card. Open to offers rdwaring@comcast.net

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Al U. commented on September 10, 2010

I have a #63 checklist card. The check squares have been shaded in with pencil for the most part some with pen. Other than that the card is in excellent shape with no creases. Any ballpark # on its value?

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vance commented on July 22, 2010

anyone interested in the cards i posted e-mail me at parish5000@yahoo.com

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Vance commented on July 17, 2010

i have 29 of the 1959 series of cards in good condition i live in ut. can u give me a ball park figure of what they are worth i have card#s 1,6,7,8,10,12,13,14,18,22,23,27,30,37,43, 47,58,59,61,71,76,77,78,79,80,91,93,94,96

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Wade Vasquez commented on February 14, 2010

I have the following cards from the 1959 series in very good condition: 11,12,12,13,13,25,27,28,30,31,43,44,50,57,59,62,65,74,91,and 92. If anyone is interested in them please make me an offer and e-mail me wadevasquez@ hotmail.com Thanks, Wade

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Joe Medeiros commented on February 1, 2010

Is there any value to a #16 , 3 stooges without the checklist back? My card is in Fair/Good condition. thanks

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Paul commented on January 28, 2010

Crazy, I just found 31 of these cards in a pile of things out of my grandmother's attic. I loaded them on eBay and kept getting asked if any had a checklist on the back. I do have #16 with a checklist on the back. So finding this post makes me believe that there are very few out there. There are only 68 known to be in circulation? How do you find that data? Is the one I have now number 69? People are offering me big money and I don't want to end the auction, but I have no idea what it is worth.

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Toby Ellsworth commented on April 13, 2009

My Father worked for Fleer in the mid to late 50's in advertising, and work on the Three Stooges card series. To promote the card series, Fleer sent my Father to a trade show/ convention in Calf. to promote the new cards to buyers, with him was Moe Howard meeting and greeting buyers. I have the complete series ʊll 96) cards plus three unopen packs and a card that was used to give to buyers at the show to remind them of the new card series. it is the size of three card put together with a sample of three of the cards in the series on the front and on the back it says "Television's favorite with kids" and bellow that is a picture of the cover of the pack of cards and then "Now Available a Great New Card Series. 96 hilarious full color pictures of the Three Stooges. Every kid will want his own full set of the antics and wit that has made America laugh for generations. Stock up- Supplies are limited- and order some Dubble Bubble, too!" I would like to find out what this card is worth?

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stanley benson commented on January 27, 2009

I have a curley #1 card 1959 in very good condition also card #'s 48,49. Can you give me a ball park price on these. In a few articles I have read the 1,2,3 cards seem to be the most sought after cards?

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