Author: Adam Hughes

Brian Allard and His Briefly Consequential Baseball (Card) Career

(Check out our other player card posts here.) If you were Brian Allard in the spring of 1980, life must have been pretty sweet. Consider … The Texas Rangers had selected you in the fourth round of the 1976 MLB amateur draft out of Henry Senachwine High School in Henry, Illinois, when you were just 18 years old. Over the next three years, the Rangers went from bouncing around the bottom of the AL West to competing for the division title each year. At the same time, you — Brian Allard — steadily climbed the Texas minor league ladder....

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A Tale of Two Doc Medich Baseball Cards … in One!

(Check out our other player card posts here.) Every baseball card tells at least one story, and the cardboard tales vary in import and length as widely as the tomes on the shelves of your local library. Take the 1976 Topps Traded George “Doc” Medich card, for instance. A quick look reveals a gaudy swath of cardboard with a cheesy headline. But look deeper, and you’ll find that this card really is a Dickensian masterpiece, a cardboard version of the Tale of Two Cities. The Best of Times … For the second time in the three years since they...

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Texas Rangers: Ultimate Guide to the Biggest Team in Baseball

(Check out our other posts related to the Texas Rangers here and check back here for more of our ultimate team guides.) As Major League Baseball teams go, the Texas Rangers got a late start in life and came at it from an oblique angle. When the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota (to become the Twins) before the 1961 season, Major League Baseball acted swiftly to accelerate their expansion plans. In particular, they spun up both the Los Angeles Angels and a new team in the nation’s capital … the new Senators. When the owner (and general manager) of...

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8 Ugly Baseball Cards You Can Buy Right Now

(Like some cardboard with your #FridayFeeling? Read the whole series of related postsĀ here.) Driving through town this morning, I caught sight of an older gentleman waiting to cross the street, and something about him struck me. It was his ears. And his nose. The former jutted from the sides of his head and climbed over the sides of his John Deere baseball cap. The latter was the most prominent feature of a weathered face that probably looked older than it was. And all I could think of as he faded from view was, “I wonder what Don Mossi is...

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From the Corner Store to Twitter, with Love: David Gourlay’s Collecting Story

(Read all of our collector stories here. Want to share your own story? Let me know!) It’s the idealized picture of the hobby that so many of us hold of dear, a picture we hope to recapture every time we pick up a rectangle of cardboard … A preteen boy hops on his bike and rides down to the corner store to plunk down whatever change he could scrape together for a pack or two of baseball cards. He rips open the wax wrappers right there in parking lot, one knee propped on his bike, and jams the sharp...

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