Month: June 2017

How the 1959 Bazooka Hank Aaron Baseball Card Cinched My Fate

(This is Day 23 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) Along about 1982 or 1983, something happened to my dad. I’ve never been quite sure what that was exactly, but all of a sudden, we were spending our weekends running to antique shops, flea markets, and antique shows all across Indiana. Before that, it was nothing but weekend-long naps and dreadful bouts of home repair for our family. Whatever happened, I wasn’t complaining. Not only were we having fun, but it seemed like there were baseball cards...

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Shhh! Be Vewy Vewy Quiet … I’m Hunting Shooty Babitt

(This is Day 22 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) Most of the cards I collected as a kid could be lumped under the umbrella of “common.” My collecting heyday was the 1980s, after all, and none of the base cards were too hard to come by, whether they were superstars or bench players. I bought new cards from 1981 to about 1991, and generally accumulated thousands from each set. It was my only hobby, and my birthday and Christmas gift lists were filled with cardboard requests....

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Wanna Buy 100 Kurt Stillwell 1986 Topps Traded Rookie Cards?

homer [hoh-mer] noun : sports fan who is (irrationally) loyal to his home team, often to the point of not realizing he’s being played by said home team. (This is Day 21 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) I’m nothing if not a homer for the Cincinnati Reds, and that was especially true before I had adult responsibilities. The Reds could do no wrong in my eyes in the 1980s, and that sentiment followed from the top of the franchise to the lowest rungs of the minor...

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How ‘Mini’ of These 1975 Topps Herb Washington Rookie Cards Do YOU Own?

The first time I ever heard of Herb Washington was at the exact moment I “discovered” the 1975 Topps Mini set.

It was at a dank but sprawling junk shop (the owners called it an “antique shop”) in one of the towns near where I grew up. The owner’s son had commandeered a dark corner and set up a couple of display cases full of baseball cards he was selling from his personal collection.

1975-topps-407-herb-washington-37849This was about 1983, and the guy was a good 10 years older than me. He had been hitting the hobby hard for most of his life, and his wares stretched all the way back into the 1950s.

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How to Trick Your Dad Into Buying a 1978 O-Pee-Chee Al Oliver Baseball Card

(This is Day 19 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) Growing up, my dad was just about the bravest, strongest, and hardest-working man I knew. I’m sure yours was the same, right? But my dad could work 150 hours every week, come home and play ball with me every night, and then spend the weekends “fixing” his car and moving buffalo-sized boulders around our yard with his bare hands. At least that’s the way it seemed. He was also adventurous in his eating, willing and able to...

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