Month: July 2017

The Ron Santo Story, as Told Through His Odd but Wonderful 1974 Topps Baseball Card

(This is Day 15 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Ron Santo who grew up near Seattle. For as long as Ron could remember, what he loved most in life was playing baseball. And he was good at it, too. By the summer when he was 14, Ron had developed enough of a reputation on the Seattle Little League circuit to latch on with the local All-Star Babe Ruth team, and he helped lead that team to the Babe Ruth World...

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Two Barry Bonds Baseball Cards That Prove He Really DID Change

Thumb through any album of Barry Bonds baseball cards, and it’s easy to see that the all-time home run king really did change quite a bit from the his rookie season in 1986 until he hung up his spikes after the 2007 season. But collectors who were paying attention knew even early in Bonds’ career that he wasn’t always himself in the public eye. Or rather, he wasn’t always himself when presented to the public on little rectangles of cardboard each spring and summer. And we didn’t have to wait long for proof of his chameleon nature, either, thanks to...

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Kirby Puckett Rookie Card – Pick Up This Scarce Gem at Your Convenience (Store?)

If you’re a fan of the Minnesota Twins — or of fun-loving, hard-charging fire hydrants — then chances are pretty good that a Kirby Puckett rookie card is high on your list of life essentials. But as it is for any player who debuted after the original Topps monopoly was broken in 1981, the question comes down to which Puckett rookie card do you prefer? The 1985 Topps version (#536) is solid if unspectacular, while the 1985 Fleer Puckett (#286) is perfect for those who prefer confused looks from their young prospects. The more masochistic among us might gravitate toward the...

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1968 Topps Nolan Ryan Rookie Card Still a Classic

[fb_button]   If there was ever a true “rock star” made out of cardboard, it was the 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card during the heady days of the hobby boom in the early 1990s, thanks to a confluence of events that no one could have predicted. For most of his career, Ryan was a silent enigma who went about his business of being a fireballer with occasional streaks of wildness who couldn’t quite crack the top tier of the pitching firmament. While Steve Carlton drew comparisons to Lefty Grove and Warren Spahn, and Tom Seaver threatened to move into...

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Baseball Card Collectors Sound Off on the Hall of Fame — Thanks Twitter!

(This is part of a series of posts about the 2017 Hall of Fame inductions. Read them all here.) As the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies drew near, fans everywhere were doing what fans do best — talking about the big event, second-guessing the HOF voters, and thinking about what might come next. And when it comes to overall knowledge and strong opinions, few groups are as ardent as baseball card collectors. After all, we’ve spent hundreds of hours over years and years pouring through our cards, memorizing every wrinkle and errant print dot on card fronts, and devouring...

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