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Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. On with the show… Here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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Apparently so. Seems to take some of the spontaneity out of it, no? Wonder what Zack Hample thinks of this. He’s made a career of collecting — and writing about — the fine art of nailing these treasures.

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Got it. Got it. Need it. But really, it’s not like opening a pack of baseball cards; you can’t keep Pop-Tarts that long after tearing the foil. Now Twinkies in their clear plastic wrap… Twinkies last for-ev-er.  Put logos on those bad boys.

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A few weeks ago, I believe I was among the first in baseball circles to mention the passing of Jim Brosnan. In fact, I take at least some credit for his obit in The New York Times since Bruce Weber, who wrote the piece, had not heard of Brosnan’s death prior to my e-mail to […]

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I am working on a “Bookshelf Conversation” podcast with Heather Quinlan, producer of a new documentary about the 1986 New York Mets. Quinlan is trying to raise $50,000 for her project via Kickstarter. (There are similar sites , but who has time to go through them all? Perhaps this will motivate you to investigate further.) […]

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I get the Poynt

June 11, 2014 · 0 comments

I am signed up for a bunch of daily Google alerts which inform me about various sports topics, including baseball stuff and Jewish-related items for my other blog. Sometimes I even read them. After the death last week of baseball lifer Don Zimmer, I received a GA for a story appearing on the very serious-yet-entertaining […]

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From the Associated Press: Advanced Stats Find Way Onto Baseball Cards The advanced-stats movement is making headway in another area: baseball cards. Topps added WAR (wins above replacement) to its cards last year in a sign that the oft-debated metric is becoming more accepted by the mainstream. As a company that’s been making baseball cards […]

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And it’s even literary, technically.              

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No offense to Woodstock. To honor Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, MLB has commissioned a series of statuettes depicting several Peanuts characters in baseball motif. The characters, which sell for $24.99, include good ol’ Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Schroeder, Pig Pen, Franklin, and Belle. The 2014 All-Star game will be hosted by […]

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Call me old-fashioned, call me a baseball dinosaur, call me irresponsible (kids, ask your parents), but I think this is just wrong Of all the teams, you expect the Yankees, who boast about their proud tradition and heritage as the “uber-franchise,” to stay the sartorial course. And several fans apparently agree with me. My complaint […]

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The top-ten baseball books as per Amazon.com. Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); I’m old fashioned that way. Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read it. But it’ll be close enough for government work. Caveat 3: […]

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But how sad is this: The Newark Bears Professional Baseball team and its concessions company are hosting a liquidation sale and auction at 10am on April 26, 2014. Location: Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium, 450 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102 Business and personal items will be available for purchase.  There will be items offered through set pricing as […]

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The Yogi Berra Museum and Education Center on the campus of Montclair State University is holding a fun and potentially profitable event on Saturday: America’s Roadshow: Memorabilia Appraisal Event Wondering what an old baseball card or autograph or your other memorabilia is worth? Check out America’s Roadshow at the Museum on Sat. April 5 from […]

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First of all, congratulations to Jim M. of Austin, Texas, winner of last week’s book, A Game of Brawl: The Orioles, the Beaneaters & the Battle for the 1897 Pennant, by Bill Felber. Thank you all for your comments. In an attempt to encourage even more commenting, and brighten up your week when you need […]

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(As opposed to this; you can stop watching at about the one minute mark.) What else can you say about the new set of Jewish Major Leaguers cards? The updated edition, the first since the 2010 “Deck of the Decade,” features all-new photography for the players who appeared during the 2010-13 seasons (including a clean-shaven […]

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The Wall Street Journal ran this cute piece about several members of the NY Mets who got married during the off-season.

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The beverage, not the drug. Honestly, get your mind out of the gutter. From Mark Aubrey, my “proofreader,” comes this item on eBay: “1967 Coke Cap RARE PASSOVER variation Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates HOFer” Asking price: $75. When I was a kid growing up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, there was a kosher […]

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Well, that was relatively easy. The Boston Red Sox are your new World Series Champions! As a newspaper buff, I always like to see how the local press covers such high-profile sports events. Frequently, tabloid publications employ “wraps,” using the entire front and back page for one large photo, like these from the Boston Herald. […]

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Brought to you by the folks at Mental Floss, the magazine that gave me my first national exposure and cover story (right). Have these World Series matchups ever happened? (Not to brag but I aced it.) The Baseball Card Brand Quiz (a lot tougher; ugh, I only scored 64%, which was slightly higher than the […]

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Baseball Nation posted this appreciation of “The 10 greatest World Series program covers,” beginning with I’m kind of partial to this one, which came in at No. 4 in Jim Baker’s list:

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