Month: August 2017

Want Variety? The Best Baseball Card from 1980 Lets You Have it Your Way

(This is Day 21 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) If you began collecting baseball cards in 1981 or after, it might seem almost impossible to imagine a world where there was only one choice at the checkout counter. I know it would have been rough for me  — when I picked up the hobby in 1983, I could choose from Topps, Fleer, or Donruss nearly anytime I talked Mom and Dad into buying a pack or two. We latecomers were spoiled. But just because we didn’t live through the...

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The Best Baseball Card of 1979 Is a Two-Pack of Speed and Enigma

(This is Day 20 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) Baseball cards are like people … Sometimes, you hate a set the first time you see it, and things never get any better. I’m looking at you, 1991 Fleer baseball. Then there are those issues that leave you *bleh* when you “meet” but that grow on you over the years, or in a flash. Nice to see you again, 1990 Topps baseball. And then there are those sets that click with you from the very start and make your pulse...

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How The Best Baseball Card from 1978 Overcame Its Overhyped Subject

(This is Day 19 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) The 1978 Detroit Tigers must have been a fun bunch to root for. Just three years earlier, the Bengals had lost 102 games, but an infusion of young talent at the Major League level had catapulted the team into .500 territory and toward the middle of the standings in the tough old American League East division. The kids first to arrive were slugger Jason Thompson and pitching phenom Mark “The Bird” Fidrych in 1976. They were followed to the Bigs...

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9 Sure Signs Your Favorite Baseball Card May Be Overhyped [Infographic]

(Catch more posts with that #FridayFeeling here!)     Amaze your friends! Leave your email address below to learn 51 facts about baseball cards that every collector should know. Then, we'll occasionally send you more interesting information about the classic baseball cards you love. Give Me the Facts! Thank you for reading Wax Pack Gods. Click here for instant access to 51 amazing facts about baseball cards or here for a downloadable PDF version.    ...

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The Best Baseball Card of 1977 Was for The Bird(s)

(This is Day 18 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) Imagine this … You’ve just graduated from Worcester Academy in Northboro, Massachusetts, where you played football, basketball, and baseball. You’re really too scrawny for the gridiron at the next level, too short for the court, and were never a star — even in high school — on the diamond. You do have a healthy fastball, though, and a joie du jeu that infects your teammates in all three sports. It’s enough to catch some Major League attention, and the Detroit Tigers...

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