Month: October 2017

1989 Topps Baseball Cards – The Ultimate Guide

If you ever wanted to know what a “too big to fail” attitude looks like in cardboard form, flip through an album of 1989 Topps baseball cards someday. By the time the Old Gum Company’s 38th full set hit store shelves that Spring, collectors were bracing for big changes, expecting big improvements. Upper Deck had released their first promo cards — of DeWayne Buice and Wally Joyner — in the summer of 1988, and hobbyists were drooling at the thought of  an entire set with such a clean design and crystal clear photos. And holograms! The inaugural base UD issue...

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How Dusty Baker Helped the 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers Make History

(If you like a little trivia with your baseball cards, check out the rest of this series here.) On the last day of the 1977 season, Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Dusty Baker stepped into the batter’s box against Houston Astros fireballer J.R. Richard in the sixth inning of a game that meant nothing for the standings. The Dodgers had long ago won the old National League West but they were too far behind the Philadelphia Phillies to win any sort of bragging rights for the best overall record. But there was a snatch of history on the line as Baker took...

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7 Great Ivan Rodriguez Cards Even Old-School Collectors Can Love

(This is part of a series of posts about the 2017 Hall of Fame inductions. Read them all here.) When Ivan Rodriguez first came on the scene in the very early 1990s, he brought a lot of hype with him. Of course, many hotshot rookies have similar stories — they’re the next Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Rickey Henderson, or Steve Carlton. But Rodriguez’s advance billing came with a grain of salt. Sure, he was a great defensive catcher, but no one was quite sure if his bat could stand up to Major League pitching. Unlike most young players, though, Rodriguez...

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