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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.

Ramblings: 1970s Prove Prospecting Never a Sure Thing

Jack Clark rookie card

A player’s first few good seasons don’t always mean the Hall of Fame comes calling but Rich Klein isn’t ready to skip the fun of prospecting just yet.

Ramblings: COMC’s New Partnership

COMC

Rich Klein discusses a new deal between two of the hobby’s major online sellers of vintage sports cards.

Ramblings: When Gregg Jefferies Ruled

Greg Jefferies 1988 Score

Rich Klein recalls the explosive late 80s when a young Mets prospect was driving a crazy market.

Rich Klein: Volunteers Invaluable at Show

Sports-Card-Show

Rich Klein says his fundraising show was a success, thanks in large part to volunteers and donors.

Ramblings: On Deck in the Dallas Show Circuit

Volunteers and freebies

Dallas area collectors have more opportunities for show going than they’ve had in a while and Rich Klein’s non-profit event is next on the docket.

Ramblings: Preparation is a Positive

Strongsville show

For dealers, collectors and promoters, staying a step ahead is never bad advice.

Ramblings: Finding a Show Guest

Lindy McDaniel

Finding an autograph guest for your card show sometimes just means a little legwork and a little knowledge of players who might have an interesting story.

Ramblings: Quarter Boxes, Dealers and Promoters

sports card boxes

Rich has some thoughts on a dealer’s complaint that allowing dealers with rows of nothing but cheap single cards is a bad idea.

Ramblings: Reader Question About Starting a Card Show

Plano Card Show

Rich answers a potential show promoter’s question about how to get a new event off the ground.

Ramblings: Shows and Stories

Southfork Hotel

A winter afternoon was perfect for some selling, some storytelling and some insight on making small shows a success.

Ramblings: Stamped Buybacks, Autographs and Other Heritage Thoughts

Stamped buyback Topps 2014 Heritage 1965 Topps

Rich Klein is fine with stamped buyback cards. He also wonders if Topps will do anything to mimic famous mistakes in the 1966 set with this year’s Heritage.

Ramblings: Fun Baseball Cards You May Have Never Noticed

David Parrish 2001 Topps Heritage

A look back at some baseball cards that showcase a sense of humor–and a sense of history.

Ramblings: One-Off Sets Not Always Duds

SSPC George Brett-Al Cowens

From 1963 Fleer to 1992 AW Football, those one and done card major sports card sets provide a fun trip into hobby history.

Ramblings: Busted Prospects, Part Deux

2001 Fleer Platinum Mark Prior

Their futures seemed rock solid but Hall of Fame careers were not in the cards for these late 1980s and early 90s phenoms.

Ramblings: Answering the Mail

Nolan Ryan autographed 2012 Topps Marquee

Some recent columns produced reader feedback and Rich is sharing the questions and his responses.