Ramblings: Dreaming of the Cards That Might Have Been

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Why is there no 1968 Topps Reggie Jackson? Rich Klein discusses players and big moments that would have filled a void in our card collecting past.

Brief and Buh-Bye: Baseball Cards of Aquisitions Who Didn’t Pay Dividends

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Rich Klein chronicles players who were acquired by a team with high hope, given a card and then quickly moved on.

Ramblings: Mistaken Identity on Sports Cards

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Rich Klein runs down a few sports card photo blunders; some you’ve probably heard of and others you haven’t.

Ramblings: Answering Your E-Mails

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From 1960s All-Star mysteries to the vintage card market to Jordan Spieth, readers offer Rich their two cents on his recent columns.

Ramblings: Mantle’s Youth Lives on Through Cardboard

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Mickey Mantle left us 20 years ago this month. Rich Klein recalls getting a chance to see him play during his final season, bringing his cards to life.

Ramblings: A Few Stories from Recent Show Travels

Ty Cobb 1907 Dietsche postcard

Whether it’s the National, flying home from the National or doing a local show, Rich Klein always finds a chuckle or two.

Ramblings: Reality Tie Makes Our Hobby Stand Out

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Rich K says the business may have contracted but the “living hobby” aspect of 25 years ago remains the same.

Ramblings: Early 1960s Topps All-Star Mysteries

Rocky Colavito 1962 Topps All-Stars card

Rich Klein delves into a few questions about All-Star selections in Topps cards from over 50 years ago.

Ramblings: Cards and Broadcasts Connect Us to Baseball’s Past

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Baseball cards and long-lost broadcasts help bring the past back to life.

Ramblings: Fun With 1962 Topps Card Backs

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The cartoons and the copy make for a fun ride through the backs of the 1962 Topps Baseball cards.

Ramblings: Gifford Was More Than Monday Night

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Frank Gifford was skilled enough to carve out two long careers, appearing in card sets as a player and a play-by-play announcer.

Ramblings: My National Experience

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Rich Klein wandered the floor of the National, catching up with old friends and connecting with new ones while sizing up the crowd and looking ahead to 2016.

Ramblings: No Shortage of New Chicago Sports Stars

Kris Bryant 2015 Topps Update base rookie card

Rich Klein says the National should be fertile ground for the new generation of stars, finally a match for Chicago star combos of the past.

Ramblings: My National Journey Resumes

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National Eve has Rich Klein recalling the past and looking forward to his 2015 experience.

Ramblings: Stories Inside The 1970s Multi-Player Rookie Cards

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Rich Klein is your guide on another fun tour of stories behind the 1970s Topps multi-player rookie cards.

Ramblings: National Promos Good for Business

Ted Williams promo card 2015 Topps NSCC

Whether it’s a contest, free cards or free coffee, there’s nothing wrong with enticing business at the National, your local show or even your shop.

Ramblings: Starting a Show? Don’t Forget the Basics

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Rich Klein shares a little of what he’s learned after a couple of years in the local card show promotion game.

Ramblings: Bo and Bouton Part of 1960s Multi-Player Rookie Card Tales

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Sometimes a baseball card holds two great stories.

Ramblings: NSCC Follow Up

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Rich follows up his column about show cities for the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Ramblings: Baseball Card Stories, 1969 Topps Edition

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From guys who couldn’t get off a Rookie Stars card to a manager depicted by a cartoon firing, the 1969 Topps set has the quirks Rich loves to highlight.