Month: August 2017

How to Resent the Best Baseball Card from 1989 in 16 Easy Steps

(This is Day 30 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) Look, we all know that the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey, Jr., rookie card is the best baseball card issued that year and probably in the entire decade of the 1980s. Heck, if there had been several million less of the cards issued, it might be the greatest card since the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle faux rookie. But just because Junior was an all-time great and his best rookie card was the first card in the Upper Deck set that changed the...

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Collectors Know the Best Baseball Card of 1988

(This is Day 29 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) Choosing the best baseball card from 1988 is like picking your favorite sip of water. I mean, there are millions of each to consider and they’re all about as exciting as — well, as a sip of water. Consider the base sets … There was Donruss, who followed up what we thought was a fairly scarce 1987 issue (it wasn’t) by trying to take their product world-wide. Rumor has it that they produced one set for every resident of China...

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The Best Baseball Card of 1987 Was the Perfect Marriage of Power and Scarcity

(This is Day 28 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) It may sound ridiculous now, but the start of the 1987 baseball card collecting season was marked by a frenzy of scarcity. Now, this doesn’t and never did apply to the 1987 Topps woodies that are so iconic these days. I remember going to a flea market in late December of 1986 and already being able to buy 5000-count boxes of ’87 Topps cards that dealers had chucked into their discard piles after extracting the stars. But by Valentine’s Day of...

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The Best Baseball Card from 1986 Is the Simplest

(This is Day 27 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) If you were to wake up tomorrow to find the year was 1986, you might be shocked by the state of the baseball card hobby. Depending on how deep you were into the cardboard world, your mailbox could be jammed packed each month with Beckett Baseball Card Monthly, Baseball Cards magazine, Baseball Hobby News, Baseball Card News, and multiple issues of Sports Collectors Digest.     You could find at least one card show every weekend in a nearby city....

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The Best Baseball Card of 1985 Was as Unlikely as Game 7

(This is Day 26 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) If you wanted to pinpoint one year as the year baseball cards exploded into a full-blown cultural phenomenon complete with national news coverage, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better candidate than 1985. By then, we’d had four full years of real competition in the hobby, and collectors had embraced Fleer and Donruss, warts and all. And, after nearly a decade of fits and starts, the rookie card craze was in full swing. The progression began with Mark Fidrych in...

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