Month: March 2016

1988 Topps Baseball Cards – The Ultimate Guide

By the time collectors ripped open our first wax packs of 1988 Topps baseball cards, we were pretty sure that all the roads we’d travel in the future would be paved with gold — cardboard gold. After all, the 1987 Topps set, with its wood borders, had exploded in value the  previous summer. Not only were Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco rookie cards fetching several dollars a piece on the secondary market, but the checklist was littered from top to bottom with buck-plus cards: Mike Greenwell, Wally Joyner, Greg Swindell, Bobby Witt, Kal Daniels, Dava Magadan, Rafael Palmeiro, and on and...

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Baseball Card Blogs Weekly Roundup: Batman v. Superman Edition (March 19-25, 2016)

Let’s face it: we never grew up. I mean, this is a site about baseball cards, and you’re reading it. You either still collect baseball cards or wish you still collected baseball cards. And we’re not alone, either. Each week, hundreds of sports cards blogs light up the Internet with posts and lists and pictures — there is never a lack of material for this weekly roundup. This week, not-grown-up kids everywhere choose sides and celebrate the release of Batman v. Superman. So what else could our theme be? Here are the best hobby posts from the last seven...

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Kirby Puckett Rookie Card – Pick Up This Scarce Gem at Your Convenience (Store?)

If you’re a fan of the Minnesota Twins — or of fun-loving, hard-charging fire hydrants — then chances are pretty good that a Kirby Puckett rookie card is high on your list of life essentials. But as it is for any player who debuted after the original Topps monopoly was broken in 1981, the question comes down to which Puckett rookie card do you prefer? The 1985 Topps version (#536) is solid if unspectacular, while the 1985 Fleer Puckett (#286) is perfect for those who prefer confused looks from their young prospects. The more masochistic among us might gravitate toward the...

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1978 Topps Dave Goltz – Don’t Forget to Tip!

If baseball cards have taught me anything about life, it’s to never underestimate the power that timing and personal experience can have on perception of the truth. Take this 1978 Topps Dave Goltz card, for example. Had I been a collector that Spring, I might have already known that Goltz was one of the top pitchers in the game, and, if I hadn’t, Topps’ photo choice might have clued me in. Here was a guy who was so popular and good-looking, after all, that The Old Gum Company chose to devote card #249 to his special brand of fan relations. You...

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Baseball Card Blogs Weekly Roundup: Bracket Busting Edition (March 12-18, 2016)

St. Patrick’s Day is behind us and March Madness has already dashed more dreams than that vending box of 1985 Topps baseball you’ve had stashed in the back of your closet for the last 30 years. But that’s OK, because there is still plenty to look forward to this Spring — Easter, the rest of the NCAA Tournament, sweetsweetsweet Opening Day. And baseball cards. There’s always baseball cards. To help you get in a proper cardboard frame of mind for weekend, here are some of the best posts from the hobby world over the past five days. Want more...

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