25” x 35”, 20” x 28” and 30” x 45” Showcard Proof Presses

Showcard large format proof / sign presses, ideal for large posters and prints. These are very versatile presses with adjustable impression and a gripper with registration capability. These have typeholder systems and can also be used as “magnetic” sign presses so that bars can be mounted anywhere on the bed. These also come with a steel “dead bar” that will allow for lockup right on the press bed, and also has a bed plate to allow for galley proofing.

I have four of these, all in excellent condition. One is a very late model (1980’s, factory blue paint finish) model DFS 30” x 45” with factory stand and foot pedal grippers (grippers can be manually operated as well), The other is a slightly smaller 25” x 35” MA-52 press from the late 60’s with black wrinkle finish and a wooden storage-drawer type stand (pictured) I also have an FS 22” x 28” press for bench mounting (pictured but I do not have the bench) with the inking disc and inking carriage (black wrinkle finish).

These were originally built by Vandercook for Showcard and the construction is equivalent to the Vandercook roller-type proof presses.

All of these presses are in very good condition. I normally rebuild all of my presses for sale, but the size and weight makes these more cumbersome than my usual rebuilds. The impression rollers and bearings are in excellent shape and the bed is in good condition with no dings or pitting. Both presses can be disassembled to move into a home studio or basement. They are heavy but within a weight range for a few people to manage.

As above, I have pictures attached of the smaller presses. I have posted the catalog page for the DFS as a reference.

Asking $3,495 or best reasonable offer, plus shipping, for the larger 30” x 45” Showcard with stand. Asking $2,995 for the 25” x 35” Showcard with the wooden storage-drawer type stand. Asking $2,995 or best offer for the FS 22” x 28” with inking system without stand. Shipping is not included but I will gladly ship anywhere and can securely pack and crate, if needed. I can also make shipping arrangements at discount.

I also have several fully rebuilt smaller size Showcards, Vandercook table top presses, Nolan and Challenge table-top presses, a Poco and a Potter press, as well as a couple of cylinder-type (Vandercook style) Challenge presses (1418E and 1425E) as well as a couple of smaller Line-o-Scribes

Please contact me if interested in the press or if you have further questions. Thanks for looking!

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