Author: Adam Hughes

1978 Topps Dave Goltz – Don’t Forget to Tip!

If baseball cards have taught me anything about life, it’s to never underestimate the power that timing and personal experience can have on perception of the truth. Take this 1978 Topps Dave Goltz card, for example. Had I been a collector that Spring, I might have already known that Goltz was one of the top pitchers in the game, and, if I hadn’t, Topps’ photo choice might have clued me in. Here was a guy who was so popular and good-looking, after all, that The Old Gum Company chose to devote card #249 to his special brand of fan relations. You...

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Baseball Card Blogs Weekly Roundup: Bracket Busting Edition (March 12-18, 2016)

St. Patrick’s Day is behind us and March Madness has already dashed more dreams than that vending box of 1985 Topps baseball you’ve had stashed in the back of your closet for the last 30 years. But that’s OK, because there is still plenty to look forward to this Spring — Easter, the rest of the NCAA Tournament, sweetsweetsweet Opening Day. And baseball cards. There’s always baseball cards. To help you get in a proper cardboard frame of mind for weekend, here are some of the best posts from the hobby world over the past five days. Want more...

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The Sandy Koufax Baseball Card that Never Was … Actually WAS

Quick hobby quiz: which Sandy Koufax baseball card was the last to show him as an active player? If you know your baseball history, then you’ll remember that Koufax retired at the age of the 30 after the 1966 season, which might prompt you to answer, “1967 Topps.” And that’s correct, sort of. Had Koufax played today, his elbow woes likely wouldn’t have ended his career so early. But if he did somehow end up on the shelf after a half-decade of dominance, you can bet that card makers would scramble to pay tribute to the man who went...

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The Roger Clemens Baseball Card from 1990 that You Don’t Have

If you were in the market for a Roger Clemens baseball card during the peak years of the hobby boom, the spring of 1990 would have been as good a time as any to find a bargain. After two “warm-up” years in 1984 and 1985, The Rocket had streaked across the baseball firmament in 1986 with a 24-4 record, 2.48 ERA, and 238 strikeouts. He followed up that Cy Young and MVP award-winning season with another Cy Young in 1987 and a top-notch campaign in 1988. Then, his booster rocket fell off in 1989 and his ERA “ballooned” all...

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Ken Griffey, Jr., Baseball Cards: The Definitive Guide

For most of the last three decades, Ken Griffey, Jr., baseball cards sat near the top of the hobby mountain. The popularity of Junior cards climbed steadily through his first 11 years with the Seattle Mariners and then jumped into the stratosphere when he came “home” to the Cincinnati Reds before the 2000 season. Unfortunately for the Reds and Griffey, that marriage turned out not to be quite the dream match-up we all envisioned, and Griffey’s star dimmed, just a bit, as his numbers tumbled and other superstars stepped into the spotlight. With the late-career exploits of Barry Bonds and...

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