Author: Adam Hughes

The First Hank Aaron Baseball Card Was a Real Clown Show

Many fans consider home run king Barry Bonds to be a real hot dog — or much worse — but the first Hank Aaron baseball card is proof positive that the former title holder was a real Clown. An Indianapolis Clown, that is. The Indianapolis Clowns were a barnstorming team in the Negro American League that could trace its origins back to the old Miami Giants. For most of their history, the Clowns were a stunt-driven team, much along the lines of basketball’s Harlem Globetrotters. By the time the Clowns signed Aaron for $200 a month early in 1952, though, they were...

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The Forgotten Ty Cobb Baseball Card — When He Was a Baker?

From the moment the first Ty Cobb baseball card — maybe the 1906 Sporting Life issue? — was issued, fans could count on their cardboard treasures to give them an accurate picture of the man. Bonus:  This post is part of a series on some of the most unusual baseball cards of the game’s great — or colorful — players. Click here to be notified when a new post in this series goes live. Just look at that steely gaze on Cobb’s 1914 Cracker Jack card or the challenging, choked-up stance on his T3 Turkey Red issue. He looks as if...

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This Oddball Willie Mays Baseball Card Will Get Your Engine Reving

If you were looking for the quintessential Willie Mays baseball cards, the choices would be pretty clear-cut. First, you have his iconic 1952 Topps issue, not technically a rookie card but still the pasteboard most collectors mean when they refer to the “Willie Mays rookie card.” Alongside the Mickey Mantle card from the same set, Mays” #261 helped build the Old Gum Company into a juggernaut that would unseat Bowman less than four years later. Of course, there is also Mays’ real rookie card, #305 in the 1951 Bowman set. You know the one — Mays cocked in his...

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1990 Topps Baseball Cards – The Ultimate Guide

By the time the first wax packs of 1990 Topps baseball cards hit store shelves that early spring, the pressure was already off for the Old Gum Company (OGC). And yet, the pressure was also “on” like never before. All allusions of scarcity for their base brand had been cast to the wind during 1988 and 1989, when Topps card were rumored to be found growing from sidewalk cracks in New York City and sprouting inside tumbleweeds outside El Paso. Even the loaded 1987 Topps set was starting to lose luster as collectors found cache after cache in junk shops...

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Roberto Clemente Baseball Cards – Complete Visual Guide

When Topps released the last of its regular-issue Roberto Clemente baseball cards, the one shown here from 1973, they may have had the benefit of hindsight to help them in choosing the right image. Clemente appears to be confused, caught between a lunge and a checked swing, basked in the twilight of day and his career, warm sun on one side of his body and cold shadow on the other. The best of his diamond feats were surely behind him, but he still wanted to do a bit more. Just months before the first wax packs hit shelves in...

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