Month: July 2017

Baseball Card Websites: The Ultimate Guide to 450+ of the Best Hobby Sites (UPDATED)

Collecting baseball cards may never bring the riches that many envisioned during the boom years of the 1980s and 1990s, but there are still thousands of hobbyists who can’t get enough of the wax- or mylar-packed goodies, whether new or vintage. And, thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to find pictures of even the most fabled cards in the hobby, which takes some of the pain out of knowing that you probably won’t ever own and actual T-206 Honus Wagner rarity. As the net buzz around baseball cards — and other sports cards and collectibles — has...

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The Tony Gwynn Baseball Card that Launched a Million Hobby Treasure Hunts

When the 1983 Topps Tony Gwynn baseball card first found its way into collectors’ hands that Spring, Mr. Padre and his mediocre team were low on our lists of hobby priorities. After all, the San Diego Padres had finished the 1982 season in fourth place in the NL West with an 81-81 record and would end up in exactly the same spot with exactly the same blah win tally in 1983. And Tony Gwynn was likely more of a known commodity to NBA fans than to baseball enthusiasts. After a standout hoops career at San Diego State University, Gwynn was...

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1983 Topps Baseball Cards — The Ultimate Guide

As pitchers and catchers dusted the grime of the previous season off their gear and the snow from their driveways to make their way south for Spring Training in 1983, Americans of all ilk labored under an increasing infatuation with Star Wars of various types. Fans of the George Lucas franchise were anxious for summer to arrive, bringing with it the “last” installment of the good v. evil blockbuster series that had been absent from theaters for three years. In Washington, President Ronald Reagan unleashed his plans for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), including the proposed construction of a...

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1963 Topps Pete Rose Rookie Card a Hobby Trendsetter

In the mid 1980s, you would have been hard-pressed to find a more popular piece of cardboard in the world than the 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card. By the time Rose left the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1983 season at age 42, it was pretty clear that he was going to hang around long enough to break Ty Cobb’s record for career hits. The only question at the time was WHERE he was going to play out his career, and it looked like that might happen north of the border when he signed with the Montreal Expos in...

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1987 Topps Baseball Cards – The Ultimate Guide

If you were looking for a hobby time machine to transport you back to the 1980s and flood you with the essence of the hobby boom, you couldn’t do much better than ripping o1987-topps-wax-boxpen a pack of 1987 Topps baseball cards.

Of all the hundreds of sets produced during the decade, none measured up to all the excess the era has come to represent quite as well as Topps’ wood-grained beauties.

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