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

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 REGGIE with the New York Yankees, he...

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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

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 the All-Star Game that summer — the only time...

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Baseball Card Websites: The Ultimate Guide to 450+ of the Best Hobby Sites (UPDATED)

Collecting baseball cards may never bring the riches that many envisioned during the boom years of the 1980s and 1990s, but there are still thousands of hobbyists who can’t get enough of the wax- or mylar-packed goodies, whether new or vintage. And, thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to find pictures of even the most fabled cards in the hobby, which takes some of the pain out of knowing that you probably won’t ever own and actual T-206 Honus Wagner rarity. As the net buzz around baseball cards — and other sports cards and collectibles — has...

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