Author: Adam Hughes

The Hall of Fame Rookie Cards of Jeff Bagwell: A Collector’s Guide

(This is part of a series of posts about the 2017 Hall of Fame inductions. Read them all here.) If you were looking for a superstar face for the conundrum of the so-called Steroid Era in Major League Baseball, you couldn’t do much better than Jeff Bagwell. Here was a player who looked like a good bet to someday land a roster spot with the Boston Red Sox until they traded him to the Houston Astros for — guh — Larry Andersen at the 1990 trade deadline. At that point, Bagwell had never hit more than four homers in a minor league...

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The Long and Varied Baseball Card History of Hall of Fame Executive John Schuerholz

(This is part of a series of posts about the 2017 Hall of Fame inductions. Read them all here.) When it comes to glamorous baseball cards, baseball executives usually don’t move the needle. After all, would you rather have a rookie card of a potential 500-home-run slugger or a suit-and-tie shot of some Ivy League whippersnapper who wants to become the next Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer? But if there is one modern diamond chief who can buck that trend, it’s John Schuerholz, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July or 2017. Consider his record:...

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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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Were You Invited to the Topps Anniversary Party in 1973?

(This is Day 14 of our series on the “Best Card From” each year, 1960-1989. Read all the entries here.) Everybody knows that Topps celebrated their 40th anniversary in 1991.with a special “40 Years of Baseball” logo on each card front as well a contest that gave collectors the chance to win vintage cards Heck, they plastered their special “40 Years of Baseball” logo on each card front and also gave collectors the chance to win vintage cards and other fabulous prizes with each wax pack purchased. You also know that Topps has issued plenty of Archive and Heritage cards...

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