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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.

Ramblings: Some Pro Set Prototypes are Among 1990s Rarities

1991 Pro Set Michael Jordan Prototype

A Pro Set Michael Jordan card? It happened–but just as a prototype. Rich Klein looks at a piece of hobby history–and two other interesting Pro Set issues.

Ramblings: Fun With Busted Prospects

1989 Bowman Ricky Jordan

Rich Klein looks back at cards of players who were among the hottest of the late 1980s and early 90s but never became the stars some collectors envisioned.

Ramblings: Grab Bags and Games of Chance

grab bag

Seven come eleven. Rich Klein recalls the days when grab bags and games of chance were a part of baseball card shows.

Ramblings: Imagining the Hobby Without the Internet

Rich Ramblings 2014

What the hobby might be like if the internet wasn’t here yet…and a strange redemption from Topps hits Rich’s mailbox.

Ramblings: Free Autograph Guest Sends ‘em Home Happy

Lindy McDaniel

Collectors were able to snare a free autograph from a 20-year big leaguer and Rich Klein also says collectors help dealers who help themselves by promoting.

Ramblings: PA Shop Owner Still Going After 24 Years

Warren Wolk

Rich Klein catches up with Warren Wolk, whose All-Star Collectibles is a long-running hobby success story–but it’s not all they sell.

Recalling The Hottest Players, Products of 1990

1990 Upper Deck Ben McDonald error

As a new year gets going, Rich Klein is recalling what was hot in the hobby 25 winters ago.

Retirement Vision Becomes Reality for Twin Cities Sports Cards

Twin Cities Sports Cards

Rich Klein chats with the owner of Twin Cities Sports Cards, a Minneapolis shop born out of a desire for retirement income.

Ramblings: Sloppy Signatures and the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Clubhouse Signer

Morency

Rich Klein recalls Beckett having some fun with sloppy signatures and recounts a story about a couple of young autograph seekers visiting Thurman Munson.

Ramblings: Reader Reaction on Card Shops

Rich Ramblings 2014

Rich Klein answers an email about one of his recent columns that dealt with dealers and card shops finding ways to succeed.

Ramblings: Collecting Can Be an Important Outlet

Rich Ramblings 2014

News from real life has Rich thankful for the escape that the fun of collecting provides.

Rich’s Ramblings: In Defense of Store Owners

Inside Orlando Sportscards

Shop owners face tough opponents online and in big box stores but it doesn’t have to be a losing proposition.

Secret Santa Exchanges Close Out Ramblings’ Year of Giving, Receiving

Rich Holiday Ramblings

Rich Klein looks back at a busy year and reports on his Secret Santa exchanges that put a little gift giving fun into the holidays.

Ramblings: The Definition of Sports Card Box ‘Value’

Boxes of Sports Cards

Rich Klein’s thoughts on the concept of value in the current sports card box market.

Ramblings: Never a Dull Moment at Local Shows

Plano II show

$1 admission was too much for one collector, while one dealer has a lesson for others: promote yourself.

Buying Back Dad’s Cards: Connecting Generations

Buying Back Dads Cards

Rich Klein discusses a new book about a man who looks to buy back his childhood baseball cards and takes his son along on the journey.