Month: May 2017

10 Fun Classic Baseball Cards that Make Everyday Feel Like Friday

Ah … Friday! Your work week (or school week) is almost done, and you’re ready to kick back and enjoy the weekend. No other day of the week has as tangible a feeling as does Friday … it’s that now Twitter-famous #FridayFeeling. Too bad you can’t make every day feel like Friday, right? Well, you can. Sort of. Nothing says 'Friday' like a stack of ridiculous #BaseballCards! #FridayFeeling Click To Tweet As with most areas of life, you need only to turn to your baseball cards to help solve your midweek blues or to really embrace the splendors of...

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Why the 1985 Topps Benny Distefano Rookie Card Is So Valuable

I spent the first two years of my baseball card collecting career with one of those hard plastic Cincinnati Reds replica batting helmets screwed to my head. I wore that thing everywhere because, well, the Reds were my team, and I needed them with me at all times. Especially during the summer months, I didn’t go anywhere without my Reds helmet, a wad of Big League Chew in my mouth and the pack in my back pocket, and a box of baseball cards. That was mostly fine with my parents, but it got a bit dicey when we went...

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What the 1979 Topps Mitchell Page Baseball Card Taught Me About Assumptions

One of the first hobby treasure troves I uncovered a couple years into my collecting journey was a shiny white shoe box jammed full of 1979 Topps baseball cards. A local dealer was sorting through them as I approached her table at a Saturday flea market, and I was mesmerized. This was about 1984 or 1985, and the 1979s seemed so — exotic. They came from an era when there was only one set issued each year. They looked clean and uncluttered compared to the cards I was pulling from packs at the time. And, most importantly, I didn’t...

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How the 1981 Topps Steve McCatty Card Almost Ruined the Hobby

Many of the memories from the first 10 years of my childhood seem to involve dreary Saturday afternoons spent holed up in my room while my dad either 1) slept off another brutal work week in the next room or 2) worked on his car  with hand tools and duct tape so he could make it out for another brutal week of work on Monday. Blech! While I know that’s not entirely true, that our little family had many more good times than tough times, it’s those boring, rainy Saturdays that most often come to mind when I think about...

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1984 Topps Baseball Cards — The Ultimate Guide

When collectors tore open our first wax packs of 1984 Topps baseball cards as another cold winter yielded to the hope of Spring, we had no way of knowing just how significant those little rectangles of cardboard would become. But looking back, it’s easy to see they were no ordinary baseball cards. No, nestled there beneath the waxy shield and cuddled in close to sugary pink confection of summer were tiny paper time machines. If we had paid attention, those cards would have given a glimpse of America’s near future. And now, more than three decades later, they can transport...

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