Month: February 2016

The Pete Rose Baseball Card That Never Should Have Been Born

There are some sights — like Ben Affleck posing as Batman — to which no unsuspecting soul should ever be subjected, and which, once seen, cannot be unseen.  For hobbyists in the 1980s, nothing was quite as jarring as catching our first glimpse of a Pete Rose baseball card with Charlie Hustle in a Montreal Expos uniform. Even today, more than 30 years later, children of the era wake up streaked in sweat and haunted by the horrific dreams of the 1984 Topps Traded monstrosity (#103) that cleared the way for similar atrocities in the 1984 Fleer Update, 1985 Donruss,...

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This Reggie Jackson Baseball Card Is PROOF that His “Lost” Season Actually Happened

(Check out our other player card posts here.) Pulling a Reggie Jackson baseball card from a wax pack in the 1970s was like finding candy corn in your Halloween bag: you were either thrilled because it was your favorite or disappointed because you’d hoped for something with a little more substance. Either way, though, you were sitting pretty, because Reggie — and candy corn — was the biggest name in the biggest market in the game, and you could always find someone who would trade you, say, a Cubs team set for your Mr. October pasteboard. But before Reggie became...

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1990 Fleer Baseball Cards – The Ultimate Guide

For fans of the old “Bash Brothers”, 1990 Fleer baseball cards just may be the ultimate tribute to a team that never quite lived up to lofty expectations. Back in those days, Fleer employed a unique numbering scheme that placed the World Series champions at the top of the set, with players ordered alphabetically. From there, teams were represented in order of their winning percentage from the year before, starting with the best and working down  the standings. In the spring of 1990, the Oakland A’s were coming off a world championship in 1989, so Fleer dedicated card #1 to...

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The Cal Ripken Rookie Card You Didn’t Even Know Existed

(Check out our other player card posts here.) Every collector worth his stale bubble gum knows that you can find a Cal Ripken rookie card in each of the major 1982 sets — Donruss, Fleer, and Topps. But did you know there was another Major League card issued of the budding legend in the summer 1982, long before the fabled Traded Set hit dealer shelves that year? By the middle of his rookie season, Ripken had already established himself as a major star and was drawing plenty of attention from all quarters. And, although Ripken didn’t make it to...

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The First Jackie Robinson Baseball Card — A Breadcrumb Bond to History

(Check out our other player card posts here.) Considering the fledgling state of the hobby just after World War II, it might surprise you to learn that the first Jackie Robinson baseball card depicting him in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform was issued in 1947, the same year “Jack” became the first black player in the Major Leagues. But Bond Bread wasn’t content to include Robinson as part of their 48-card regional issue, also treating collectors to a 13-card set focused solely on the budding legend. Hobby Bread Crumbs A set of less than 50 cards packaged with loaves of bread...

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