Category: 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge

How ‘Mini’ of These 1975 Topps Herb Washington Rookie Cards Do YOU Own?

The first time I ever heard of Herb Washington was at the exact moment I “discovered” the 1975 Topps Mini set.

It was at a dank but sprawling junk shop (the owners called it an “antique shop”) in one of the towns near where I grew up. The owner’s son had commandeered a dark corner and set up a couple of display cases full of baseball cards he was selling from his personal collection.

1975-topps-407-herb-washington-37849This was about 1983, and the guy was a good 10 years older than me. He had been hitting the hobby hard for most of his life, and his wares stretched all the way back into the 1950s.

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The Dwight Gooden Baseball Card that Never Was, Never Could Have Been … But IS

The modern baseball card game is tough to get a handle on for a crusty old dude like me, and to be honest, I’m not really trying to get a handle on it.

2013 Topps Archives Dwight GoodenThere have just been too many thousands of cards issued in too many configurations with too many bells and whistles since I last seriously collected new material in the 1990s for me to catch up in any reasonable way.

But, man, there sure are some good looking cards out there today! And by “today”, I mean stuff that’s come out since roughly 2010.

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How to Stay Forever (Dmitri) Young with 2001 Fleer Platinum

By the early 2000s, baseball cards were about the last thing on my mind.

I had finished grad school a couple years earlier, moved out of state, and was firmly entrenched in career- and family-building mold.

I occasionally bought a copy of Beckett or thumbed through a stack of cards, but mostly my collection was just an albatross that I lugged through move after move.

It stayed that way for at least 10 years, so this installment of the 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge is particularly, well, challenging.

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