Author: Adam Hughes

1983 Topps Baseball Cards — The Ultimate Guide

As pitchers and catchers dusted the grime of the previous season off their gear and the snow from their driveways to make their way south for Spring Training in 1983, Americans of all ilk labored under an increasing infatuation with Star Wars of various types. Fans of the George Lucas franchise were anxious for summer to arrive, bringing with it the “last” installment of the good v. evil blockbuster series that had been absent from theaters for three years. In Washington, President Ronald Reagan unleashed his plans for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), including the proposed construction of a...

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Bubble Gum Dreams: Complete Guide to the Golden Era of Baseball Cards (1948-1994)

Ask 100 baseball card collectors when their all-time favorite cards were issued, and you’re liable to get 100 different answers. But chances are pretty good that most of those responses will point to cards printed during the Golden Age of baseball cards, roughly 1948-1994. Why that specific date range? Well, these things are somewhat subjective, of course, but this one isn’t too tough to figure out … After World War II and its paper rations, the fledgling hobby took a few years to get back on track. But in 1948, both Leaf and Bowman issued cards with bubble gum to...

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Complete Checklist of Donruss Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Diamond King Puzzles

When Fleer and Donruss toppled Topps’ monopoly in 1981, both upstarts directly targeted The Old Gum Company’s business model. Not only did both companies issue wax packs with more cards than their stodgy counterpart (18 per pack for Donruss, 17 per pack for Fleer), but they also included a stick of gum in each pack. After some legal wrangling, though, Topps emerged with exclusive rights to include confections with their cards, leaving Fleer and Donruss searching for an alternative. Fleer opted to add a rather boring run of team logo stickers to their wax packs in 1982, but Donruss...

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Cesar and the Schwinn

More than anything else in this world, baseball cards have the power to transport me back to my childhood in rural Indiana. A single glimpse of, say, a 1983 Donruss Cesar Cedeno card, and I’m floating down Mill Creek in an innertube on a perfect summer afternoon. And sometimes, when I visit the old home place like I did today, the poetry of the game and the images of our boyhood heroes become overwhelming, and I have to cathart. So, if you’ll indulge me, here is a piece I wrote some years back but the sentiment of which hangs...

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Rod Carew Baseball Cards Tug at the Heart

The first year that I really collected baseball cards was 1983, and Rod Carew was everywhere in the packs I opened that summer. A (probably) incomplete listing of his pasteboards from that year include: 1983 Fleer #81 1983 Fleer Star Stickers #26 1983 Donruss #90 1983 Donruss Action All-Stars #38 1983 Topps #200 1983 Topps #201 – Super Veteran 1983 Topps #386 – All-Star 1983 Topps #651 California Angels Team Leaders 1983 Topps Glossy Send-Ins #29 1983 Topps Stickers #39 Before that summer, I was only vaguely aware of Carew — or any other player — but these cards...

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