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Different Types of Copiers and Printers

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

There are different types of printers that are used for different tasks in the work environment. From a laser to snapshot, there is a printer out there for you.

Laser – the laser printer uses light to produce an image on a piece of paper. Basically, the drum within the printer has ink that gets rolled onto a page and baked at super high speeds. These printers are usually only used in the work environment because of the speed paper gets produced at and because some companies require intense details to be shown. The ink for these laser jets is also far cheaper when comparing it to the inkjet.

Inkjet – this is the common printer found in homes and smaller businesses that don’t do a lot of printing on a daily basis. The inkjet uses more ink because it needs to produce a far more detailed image than the laser printer. The inkjet also prints on a page by releasing the ink through tiny little holes which minimises blotting and smears.

Solid Ink – solid ink is exactly what you think it is. The ink is produced in a solid piece of what looks like a crayon. This piece of ink gets melted then sent to an ink applicator that drips the ink where necessary. This printer is slower than a laser printer yet quicker than an inkjet but it is also environmentally friendly because of the lack of toxic chemicals.

Snapshot – just like the photography reference, this printer is used to print photographs. A person who is often involved in photography and the distribution of photographs will make great use of this handy printer. They come in different sizes depending on the model and type of paper you will use. You can also view the exact picture that will be printed on the display or preview screen.

Dot Matrix Printer – this is what the very first printers used to use. It’s also known as an impact printer. There is a thin ribbon on the inside of the machine that hits the paper thus staining the desired image or wording on the surface. The machine works with a series of pins pushing into the ribbon making an impression.

When you decide to get a new copier and printer for your home or workplace, you need to research its benefits your company. With many people working in an office, speed is important to keep productivity up to standard.

The Pro Set Border Less Trading Card Design Of 1991 Used By Topps Shut Down Pro Set

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

I was doing some research on another article concerning Nascar Pro Set racing cards of the 1990′s and an old thought came back about “border less” sports trading cards. Of course “Mothers Cookies” produced the first all border less cards as inserts into their cookie bags but they were just as stated, “Inserts” and not full trading card production runs. If I remember correctly Pro Set was the first to release border less trading cards in 1991 followed by Topps “Stadium Club”.

The Nascar racing season begins in late January and Major League baseball starts in early April. The Pro Set’s 1991 border less Nascar trading cards would be released weeks before the late January Nascar season start which means Topps would have had to scramble to redesign their Major League baseball cards to meet the early April baseball season start. Topps had approximately 1 month to make the changes. While Topps was scrambling to match Pro Set with the border less card design they created a premium set out of the border less design cards and called them Stadium Club.

Topps Stadium club baseball when released in 1991 was a huge hit mainly because the photography was much better than Pro Set’s. The superb glossy photography along with the border less design and a blended name strip made Stadium Club the card other card companies had to go with or lose sales.

The 1991 Pro Set photography on their first Nascar racing card set is dull and the name strip clashes with the photography so bad the card is ugly. Was this first Pro Set Nascar set the very first border less production set? Sure seems like it could be since Topps bent over backwards to copy the border less design and create a premium set before the 1991 baseball season began between January and April of 1991.

Back in the 1990′s the fight to be the top sports card seller was the thing with so many card manufacturers jumping into the market to make millions off of pictures. The losers of the fight faced debt’s in the hundreds of millions trying to push their cards into popularity. The winners live in million dollar mansions and the collector value of the past cards they created are becoming forever collectible.

Topps won out in the fight with the new Stadium Club brand of sports cards. Topps did not produce Nascar trading cards but both companies did produce Baseball, Football and Hockey which were their paydays. Between 1989 and 1991 Pro Set took millions away from rival sports card companies. Pro Set finally had to give way to Topps Stadium Club cards and shut down in 1994 facing a debt in the hundreds of millions. Topps took Pro Sets border less design and came out on, “Topp”.

Of course the economy took a downturn in 2008 that brought the values of collectibles to nickel and dime prices along with the growing internet availability. But with a growing economy under a government that pushes growth the collectibles that lost value will again gain value as people have more to spend. Even the first border less cards may catch on as an epic event in collectible sport card history and be sought after which will grow the value of the cards people didn’t think to much about.