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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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Sure, we all know how rare the Honus Wagner and Mickey Mantle rookie cards are. And how valuable if they’re in pristine condition. How many times have we denied ourselves the pleasure of just handling the cardboard, worried about bending the corners or leaving finger prints? Back in the seventh grade, I did a project […]

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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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Josh Levin of Slate’s Hang Up and Listen podcast posted this educational piece on “The Worst Baseball Card of All Time.” Spoiler alert: It’s Bob Hamlin in the 1996 Pinnacle Foil set (card no. 289). Levin’s essay makes some very good arguments and offers a mini-history lesson on the industry, full of links to examples […]

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Every time I see a baseball-related story in a newspaper section or magazine that’s not specifically sports-related, I feel “vindicated,” that, as I maintain in my book, baseball touches so many aspects of American culture. In this case, it’s this piece by Dan Barry in today’s NY Times (my, he’s been a busy boy lately) […]

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Speaking about the topic some more, the Sabermetric Research blog posted these pieces about pitchers and hitters who, for whatever reason, missed out on having a baseball card printed. Now I’m not marketing expert, but I would have to imagine there would be some interest by hard-core collectors to have such players represented. As a […]

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A Cracker Jack idea

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments

Tom Zappala & Ellen Zappala, who previously released The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, a wonderful coffee-table edition about the the Holy Grail of baseball card sets, have done it again with their forthcoming book, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players. The new book, scheduled for an August 1 release, follows the […]

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John  Rosengren was recently interviewed in Prime Time Radio to discuss his new bio on Hank Greenberg (audio). BlueJaysBanter, a “subsidiary” of Baseball Nation, posted this review of Jeff Blair’s Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball. David King will sign copies of his new book, Ross Youngs: In Search of a San Antonio Baseball […]

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Long gone are the days when Topps would post tiny cartoons talking about a player’s unique skill, accomplishment or hobby.       But fear not; as long as there are Jumbotrons, we’ll still be able to enjoy these gems.

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Investing in Dandy Sandy

November 21, 2012 · 0 comments

BaseballCardInvestment.comt posted this piece on “Sandy Koufax Baseball Cards: A Short but Solid List.” I’m guessing it applies to at least a few of you out there.

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The author of Yankee Greats: 100 Classic Baseball Cards will be the featured guest at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. Woods was a guest on a Bookshelf podcast back in June. From the press release: Yankee Greats features 100 baseball cards of the greatest and most popular […]

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Review roundup, Aug. 22

August 22, 2012 · 0 comments

♦ From the Tulsa World, this on on Robert Fitts’ Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan. Upshot: “It is very well-researched and a balanced account, but it occasionally threatens to sag under the weight of such details. Readers need not be fans of baseball to appreciate the sport […]

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The New York Times ran a couple of interesting pieces in the July 8 issue. (Yeah, I know I’m late, so sue me.) * Tyler Kepner wrote, “The 83F project: Sign here, please,” about one man’s attempt to have his entire 1983 Fleer card set signed by the subjects, all 660 of them. he’s 99 […]

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That’s what it’s coming to these days. Topps is undoubtedly looking for a new audience, according to these recent pieces in The New York Times and Time magazine (both of which use the same photo to illustrate the story). According to the Time story, [T]oday, as Angry Birds and iPads beckon, the baseball card has […]

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Another story about the death of the baseball card industry, via CBS News Sunday Morning. The segment features Dave Jamieson, author of Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession. (Click here for the Bookshelf interview with Jamieson.) Back in the day, before they became part of an investment portfolio, kids used to stick […]

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Via Bruce Markusen at The Hardball Times.

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You’re the Topps…

March 29, 2011 · 0 comments

For those collectors out there, or anyone interested in the “backstory” of things, this is on the MLB Network tonight at 10 eastern/7 Pacific.

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Today we mark the birth of the late Lou Limmer. I don’t eBay often, but when I do it’s usually for some bit of Jewish sports memorabilia. Like this Limmer card from the 1955 Topps set. Colorful, ain’t it? I had the pleasure of interviewing Limmer shortly before he passed.

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Bits and Pieces

October 2, 2010 · 0 comments

As the days dwindle down to a precious few, here’s an attempt at a major catch-up: I met Rob Fitts at the SABR convention in Washington, DC, last year. His specialty is Japanese baseball. Here’s his site on baseball cards. The NY Times‘ Alan Schwarz covered the convention’s always-entertaining trivia contest. You know the theoretical […]

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While on vacation, we stopped at the Vermont Country Store in Weston. It’s a very cool place, especially of you’re a boomer. They have all manner of nostalgia for sale, including Colorforms, GI Joe, Slinky, and Spalding balls, just to name a few. For $1.50, my wife bought a pack of 1988 Topps cards, which […]

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