Month: June 2017

How to Survive the 1971 Topps Cesar Cedeno Rookie Card

(This is Day 4 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) By the time Cesar Cedeno made his Major League debut with the Houston Astros on June 20, 1970, he was a full-blown phenom before anyone really know what that word meant. Signed by Houston as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 1967 when he was just 16, Cedeno made promising stops at various levels of the Astros’ system in 1968 and 1969. Duly impressed by the 19-year-old’s performances, the team sent him to...

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How 1983 Topps Baseball Foldouts Taught Me to Appreciate Ron Cey

(This is Day 3 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) For a kid just getting started following baseball in the spring of 1983, it was tough to figure out who was who in the game. There was no internet or cable TV (in our house, at least) to help me learn about the history of baseball, and all the baseball books at the local library were pretty old. What I did have, though, was my burgeoning interest in collecting baseball cards and a couple of local retail outlets...

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Why Sandy Koufax Could Have Had a REAL 1982 Topps Baseball Card

Sandy Koufax has always been a baseball heartbreaker … super talented but wild in Brooklyn … killed your team — whoever that was — in Los Angeles … gone from the game in his prime. Koufax is the ultimate “what-if” pitcher, and it’s that uncertainty that gives even us old-timers an entry into the … 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge   As a general rule, Wax Pack Gods don’t come in Mylar packages or with published odds of pulling them or any of the other esoteric features of modern baseball cards. So, under normal circumstances, you won’t read about any...

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