Month: August 2017

What Google Thinks About Your Baseball Cards … and Our Responses

(Check out these other posts that might give you that #FridayFeeling!) As a baseball card collector in this modern digital era of ours, you undoubtedly count Google among your most trusted online friends. After all, the search giant is always there for you, just waiting to tell you when that new card set comes out or which Ken Boyer card it was that your buddy Shawn showed you on the playground when you were 10 but that you just can’t quite pull from your own memory banks. Yep, Google is awesome. But did you ever stop to think about...

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How the Best Baseball Card of 1984 Made Us Wait

(This is Day 25 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) We all stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before us. That goes for scientists, who build on the discoveries of the generations before them to push forward our understanding of the natural world. It goes for athletes, too, who pick up training methods and expectations from their older teammates and break through to new heights. And it even goes for baseball cards and baseball card collectors. The cards and trends we see today are the result of decades...

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The Sun Always Shines on the Best Baseball Card from 1983

(This is Day 24 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) In the 1980s, every spring was a joyous occasion for baseball fans, and especially for baseball card collectors. Not only did we get to enjoy the sights and sounds of our favorites teams reporting to Spring Training, but we also got our first chance to see the year’s new cards in person. And, while 1981 — with the arrival of Fleer and Donruss — must have seemed like Christmas morning for long-time collectors accustomed to having only one set of...

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The Best Baseball Card of 1982 Was a Cardboard Phoenix

(This is Day 23 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) Donruss had a rough year in 1981. I mean, sure, they rode Fleer’s coattails into the baseball card market after decades of successful production in the non-sports card market, but that maiden set was something of a mess. Consider the facts*: Of the 605 cards in that first Donruss issue, approximately 700 of them contained errors. (Yes, they even erred when making mistakes.) The 1981 Donruss cards were printed on blank pages rejected from a local Bible factory in Memphis....

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How Big Mac Scored the Best Baseball Card of 1981

(This is Day 22 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) Quick! What do Willie McCovey and Ted Williams have in common? Well, yes, obviously, they’re both Hall of Famers. And, OK, they were both left-handed sluggers who spent plenty of time in, um, the less demanding defensive outposts of the diamond. If you’ve spent a lot of time studying baseball’s biggest numbers, you might also know that each man finished his career with exactly 521 home runs. And, for the even more obscurely-tuned, you could remember that Williams and McCovey...

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