Baseball Card Exchange

Ramblings: No Substitute for In Person Communication

baseball card show Craig Ranch TX

The show and shop experience is still valuable in today’s collecting world.

Ramblings: Yaz as Don Mincher and Other Unexpected Cameos

Don Mincher 1970 Topps Poster

A Hall of Famer’s guest shot on a 1970 Topps poster is just one of the interesting cameo appearances Rich Klein is discussing.

Ramblings: Cameo Card Appearances and Show Notes

Rams Joe Namath

Rich Klein recalls some players who left teams they’d been associated with for years and whether the cameo turned into cardboard commemoration.

Ramblings: 10 Years on From Fleer

Fleer-logo

Rich Klein recalls the tenth anniversary of Fleer’s demise and how it set the stage for a card contraction that’s still going on.

Ramblings: Reader Reaction Edition

Rich Ramblings 2014

Rich hears from a Puerto Rican collector about a 2013 column and from a nonagenarian with a bone to pick about past vs. present.

Ramblings: 20 Years From Nomo; Finding a Shop Autograph Guest

Hideo Nomo 1995 Topps

Rich Klein recalls the impact of Hideo Nomo on a hobby still reeling from work stoppages. He’s also talking autograph guests for shops and more.

Ramblings: Past Not Always Better

card show

The good old days of sports collecting were fun but Rich Klein says today’s collectors have it better in a lot of ways, too.

Ramblings: Show Notes

Michael-Downs

Rich Klein found a great autograph guest and is hoping it leads to others…and anyone for half day dealer rates? It’s all part of his show notes.

Ramblings: Producing Those Early Beckett Guides

Beckett Price Guide 4

Picking up some early Beckett price guide annuals has Rich Klein recalling times when not everything went perfectly.

Ramblings: Catching Up With Artist Monty Sheldon

2010 National Chicle Baseball cards

Rich Klein chats with the man who glides easily between creating sports art for card makers and hand-painting his famous Artballs.

Ramblings: Cards That Try to Pair Old Faces with New Places

Jerry Morales 1974 Topps

Rich Klein has a soft spot for old Topps cards that show players in their former team’s uniform.

Ramblings: Vintage Card Photo Shoots Tell Great Stories

Don Mincher 1970 Topps

The backgrounds of some older Topps cards are a sort of baseball travelogue.

Ramblings: Of Errors and Good Lessons

Sports-Card-Show

Rich says dad’s lessons about collecting, selling and how to approach things still ring true.

Ramblings: Creating Comprehensive Card Catalog Isn’t Easy

COMC

An imperfect science and a lot of cards to catalog is tough even for those who’ve been at it a while. Creating a database from scratch is even harder.

Ramblings: 50 Years of Super Bowl Starters Set Anyone?

Super Bowl 50

A conversation with a collector and his project has Rich Klein pondering the possibility of a card set tied to the 50th Super Bowl.

Ramblings: Concocted Card Tale Recalls Other Great Spoofs

Sidd Finch

A creative collector with too much time on his hands can be a dangerous thing, especially on this day.

Rich Klein: Ramblings on Razzes

Rich Ramblings 2014

Buying a chance to ‘win’ with no guarantee you’ll get anything seems like a gray area, at best. Rich Klein with some thoughts on sports card ‘razzes’.

NCAA Tournament Heroes Deserve Quick Card Commemoration

Ult. Rivalries Bird and Magic Auto

Rich Klein wishes some of those great moments in the NCAA Tournament could be quickly turned into trading cards and has a challenge for artists.

Ramblings: MJ’s Return 20 Years Later

1994-95-Skybox-Emotion-Michael-Jordan

Rich Klein goes back 20 years when Michael Jordan left baseball and returned to the hardwood, wearing a new number and gave an embattled hobby some hope.

Ramblings: Recalling Recalls

Billy Ripken 1989 Fleer Fuck Face

Recalling a product for a quality issue as Topps did last week with Tribute Baseball is a big deal, but not really a first.