Fully rebuilt Showcard “A” and “B” Presses

Fully rebuilt Showcard model “A”, and “B” Sign / Proof Presses.Very heavy-duty small presses (made for Showcard by Vandercook) , These include bed grippers and a gridded bed plate.

Press is fully reconditioned, including bearings, new paint, type bars (not pictured) and bed plate. Roller is trued or recovered if needed and entire unit is adjusted for type-high. Beds are polished or reground. The rebuilt presses are as close to factory new and will print flawlessly.

Specifications from Showcard allow a print area of 15” x 23” on the ” B”, a print area of 12” x 16”” on the “A”. Either can use the bars with grooved type or may be locked up within the outer frame using quoins and furniture — great for use with a small press chases…can be used as a galley proof press with bed plate removed. This is a very versatile press and bed plate can be packed underneath or rollers adjusted to vary the impression if needed.

I have had many clients ask about removing the typeholder system and replacing that with a heavier dead bar to gain some “inside” dimension to the press. I have started offering that option at no additional charge at the time of order, or can supply a heavier dead bar in addition for a reasonable price.

I do have the optional ink plates available as well as Showcard type racks, dust covers, etc.

Pictures shown include presses with the standard gray speckle finish and both units have this finish currently. Ink plates pictured are additional.

Happy to work with schools, museums and other public or private institutions. I have over 100 satisfied customers and over 50 schools, universities, libraries, museums, book arts centers, etc. Can provide references on request.

Asking $1,695 for the “A” plus shipping and $2,195 for the “B” plus shipping. I can make all shipping arrangements for buyer at discount. (the “A” can be shipped in two boxes via UPS; “B” models and larger require common carrier).

If you already have a Showcard that needs repair or reconditioning, please let me know. I can provide reconditioning of just the carriage, or provide bearing replacements as needed. I have also had a few customers send their presses to me for reconditioning at a reasonable price.

I also have Nolan, Challenge and Showcard presses as well as a Hohner with adjustable impression and the Signpress machines. I also have several Vandercook model “0” presses. Custom rebuilding of Chandler and Price Pilot Presses available.

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

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