Month: January 2016

1990 Topps Baseball Cards – The Ultimate Guide

By the time the first wax packs of 1990 Topps baseball cards hit store shelves that early spring, the pressure was already off for the Old Gum Company (OGC). And yet, the pressure was also “on” like never before. All allusions of scarcity for their base brand had been cast to the wind during 1988 and 1989, when Topps card were rumored to be found growing from sidewalk cracks in New York City and sprouting inside tumbleweeds outside El Paso. Even the loaded 1987 Topps set was starting to lose luster as collectors found cache after cache in junk shops...

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Roberto Clemente Baseball Cards – Complete Visual Guide

When Topps released the last of its regular-issue Roberto Clemente baseball cards, the one shown here from 1973, they may have had the benefit of hindsight to help them in choosing the right image. Clemente appears to be confused, caught between a lunge and a checked swing, basked in the twilight of day and his career, warm sun on one side of his body and cold shadow on the other. The best of his diamond feats were surely behind him, but he still wanted to do a bit more. Just months before the first wax packs hit shelves in...

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1968 Topps Nolan Ryan Rookie Card Still a Classic

[fb_button]   If there was ever a true “rock star” made out of cardboard, it was the 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card during the heady days of the hobby boom in the early 1990s, thanks to a confluence of events that no one could have predicted. For most of his career, Ryan was a silent enigma who went about his business of being a fireballer with occasional streaks of wildness who couldn’t quite crack the top tier of the pitching firmament. While Steve Carlton drew comparisons to Lefty Grove and Warren Spahn, and Tom Seaver threatened to move into...

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1963 Topps Pete Rose Rookie Card a Hobby Trendsetter

In the mid 1980s, you would have been hard-pressed to find a more popular piece of cardboard in the world than the 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card. By the time Rose left the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1983 season at age 42, it was pretty clear that he was going to hang around long enough to break Ty Cobb’s record for career hits. The only question at the time was WHERE he was going to play out his career, and it looked like that might happen north of the border when he signed with the Montreal Expos in...

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Pete Rose Baseball Cards

Of all the Wax Pack Gods that I worshipped as a kid in the 1980s, Pete Rose was always one of the most difficult to come by. He was in all of the same overproduced sets as Walt Terrell and John Mizerock, but somehow there never seemed to be enough Pete Rose baseball cards to satisfy my appetite. Maybe it was because I was a Reds fan or maybe it was because I was in awe of Rose’s exploits on the field as he marched toward Ty Cobb’s record at an age when he should have been collecting Social Security and...

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