Month: April 2016

Which Was First Babe Ruth Baseball Card to Show Slugger with New York Yankees?

It’s a simple question: What was the first Babe Ruth baseball card picturing him as a member of the New York Yankees? When Babe Ruth was sold by the Boston Red Sox to the Yankees in January of 1920 in a move that changed the game forever, he was already one of the biggest names on the diamond. It’s not surprising, then, that card manufacturers mocked up their first Ruth NY  cards before the cash windfall had fully nestled into BoSox owner Harry Frazee’s bank account. Don’t Miss Out!  This post is part of a series on some of the most...

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This Joe DiMaggio Baseball Card Was Last of Storied Career

It’s one of the great missed opportunities of the modern hobby that neither of the Big Two manufacturers issued a Joe DiMaggio baseball card before The Yankee Clipper retired at the end of the 1951 season. DiMaggio, of course, was one of the many great players of his era who lost significant playing time due World War II. He also played his best baseball in the 1930s when the United States was ravaged by The Great Depression, and paper production was curtailed. As a result, DiMaggio’s career was not chronicled in cardboard to the same extent as other immortals of the game...

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Baseball Card Blogs Weekly Roundup – Purple Rain Edition (April 16-22, 2016)

We’ve lost some of the world’s favorite musicians this year, but none hits harder for me than Prince. I mean, freaking Prince died? Maybe it’s because he came into my purview at about the same time that baseball cards did, but Prince was one of those larger than life figures who I just kind of assumed would always be there. Stupid, naive position, I know. It’s all ephemeral — sports cards, sunlight, people. But Prince should have been less ephemeral than 57 years. So, yeah, for Purple Rain and When the Doves Cry and Little Red Corvette and a...

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1978 Topps Baseball Cards – The Ultimate Guide

For collectors during the boom of the 1980s, few sights were more drool-inducing than a huge stack of 1978 Topps baseball cards. It wasn’t that the design blew us away — every year after 1982 offered up at least one set among the Big 3 that looked better. It also wasn’t due to some sense of nostalgia, longing for the days when Topps ruled the roost alone and long-lost legends roamed the diamond. Except for a very few holdout curmudgeons, everyone loved the newfound variety and wanted more, more, more. No, aside from a couple of future Hall of...

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Baseball Card Blogs Weekly Roundup – 73-Win, 60-Point-Farewell Edition (April 9-15, 2016)

Yes, baseball and baseball cards are my true loves when it comes to our great hobby, but there is no denying the NBA took center stage this past week. Kobe Bryant said goodbye, over and over and over again — to the tune of 60 points. The Golden State Warriors won their 73rd game, and “Michael Jordan crying” took on new meaning. And George Karl is on the NBA streets as the playoffs begin. So, while there is plenty of diamond goodness among this week’s links, hoops get their due, too. Basketball Cards Fuji (@sanjosefuji) chronicled the End of the Kobe...

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