Month: December 2017

50 Auld Lang Signs the New Year is Here — Old-School Collector Edition

(Check out our other “just-for-fun” posts here.) NOTE: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon listings. As the old year whithers away and gives way to the bright and shiny New Year, people take stock of what they’ve been doing and what they want to do differently this time around. For baseball card collectors, the New Year means early glimpses of new card issues, thoughts of Spring Training and a new baseball season, football playoffs, and visions of hobby grandeur for the coming 12 months. But sometimes the New Year just sneaks up on you, right? I mean, you’re...

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Christmas Cards: The Spectacular Run of the North-Pole Duo on Topps Baseball Cards

(Check out our other player card posts here.) You might remember Bill North as the speedy outfielder who captured two American League stolen base titles during the 1970s and helped Charlie Finley’s Oakland A’s turn into a mid-decade dynasty. You might remember Dick Pole (heh heh) as, well, Dick Pole. He quite simply has one of the greatest names of all time, inside of sports or out. And, yes, he also lived the dream of playing Major League Baseball, racking up a record of 25-37 with a 5.05 ERA over parts of six seasons. But did you know that...

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They Think He’s Cute! How Topps Fell in Love with a Photo of (Don) Rudolph

(Check out our other player card posts here.) Ah … Christmas! The time of year when Don Rudolph blazes through the night sky at the front of Santa’s team and … Sorry, getting ahead of myself. It’s just the excitement of the season and all the trappings thereof, I suppose. See, there is a scene in the Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer¬†that we play over and over at our house. Rudolph has gathered with the other young reindeer for training, and he’s got his nose covered with a ball of mud so that he can fit in with...

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Christmas Cards: How Holly & Ivie (Jeff & Mike) Spruced Up 1979 Topps Baseball Cards

(Check out our other player card posts here.) The Holly By Christmas of 1979, Jeff Holly was done with baseball, even if he or the Detroit Tigers didn’t know it at the time. And, even if collectors thought he was just beginning. See, there were some chapters to his story … The Chicago White Sox had drafted the left-handed pitcher out of high school in the 17th round of the 1971 June draft, and then he spent five years clawing his way up to Double-A. But after a 10-12 record with the Knoxville Sox in 1974, Holly’s ERA ballooned...

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Mike Garman’s 1979 Topps Baseball Card Points the Way to His Long-Lost Father

(Check out our other player card posts here.) The beauty of old baseball cards is that they reveal something new every time you look at them, no matter how many times you look at them. Take the 1979 Topps Mike Garman card, for example.   Mike Garman” width=”500″ height=”702″ />   I’ve probably come across this particular hunk of cardboard a couple dozen times over my 35-year collecting journey, but I had long ago relegated it to *meh* status because …¬† 1) Mike Garman didn’t make it out of the 1970s (baseball-wise) and 2) Mike Garmand sports a 22-27...

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