Month: June 2017

Is It a Felony to Love the 1964 Topps Pete Rose Baseball Card?

(This is Day 30 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) When I was 12 years old, my sixth-grade class took a trip to a local campgrounds as a last fling the spring before we headed to junior high school. It was a three-day excursion and would be the first time I was away from home. As a self-avowed momma’s boy and an inveterate comfort-seeker, I was trepidatious about the adventure at best. Then, on the Friday before we left, I found out that I had to have...

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The Turkey Red Baseball Card that Could Inspire 10,000 Stories

(This is Day 29 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) If I’m being completely honest, most pre-War baseball cards leave me colder than Municipal Stadium on Opening Day. I think I know why, too — the players have no life in my memory. Most of the guys who appeared on cards after World War II were at least alive at some point since I was born, and I’ve seen a good hunk of them play either in person or on television. At the very least, I’ve probably...

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Why Eric Davis Is No Ordinary Relic: 2011 Topps Heritage ’62 Mint

(This is Day 28 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) The most exciting baseball player I’ve ever seen in person, and probably the most exciting I’ve ever seen at all, is the great Eric Davis. Although Davis spent time in the Cincinnati Reds outfield during both the 1984 and 1985 seasons, it wasn’t until the 1986 campaign that he really started putting it together. That year, as the Reds tried to keep pace with the Houston Astros in the old National League West, Davis hit 27 home...

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How 1995 Stouffer’s Legends of Baseball Gary Carter Makes Me Feel Like a Kid Again

(This is Day 27 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) I’ve mentioned a few times in this series that my collecting “juice” pretty much ran out in the early 1990s and didn’t really return until a couple years ago. While that means I haven’t collected many base cards over the last quarter century, the area of my collection that really took a hit were the oddballs. I mean, so many of the funky cards I loved as a kid came with food products — 1987 Kraft, 1984 Nestle,...

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