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Ramblings: When Rose Ruled the Hobby

1980 Burger King Pete Rose

Rich Klein recalls three distinct times when no one was bigger in the hobby than Pete Rose and wonders if his absence from the Hall might actually be working in his favor.

Ramblings: One Team, Two Manager Cards Just Part of Senators/Rangers Saga

1969 Topps Ted Shows How

The Ron Washington situation is just the latest in a crazy managerial history for a franchise that has two cards of skippers in the 1969 Topps set.

Ramblings: Faces on Sports Cards and September 11

Garnet Bailey

Remembering a few players from years past who are forever connected to September 11, 2001.

Ramblings: When Collectors Expect Too Much for Their Stuff

Rich Ramblings 2014

What’s a fair markup on a collection? Rich Klein has some thoughts on what isn’t.

Ramblings: Recalling the Late 90s Resurgence

Rich Ramblings 2014

Rich Klein recalls an era when some of those cards from the 1980s and 90s got hot and what it might have meant for the hobby.

Ramblings: Unlicensed but OK, Flood Fun, Mystery Sheet, Vic Wertz

1969 Topps Joe Sparma

Rich K has some random thoughts about various card-related topics including a 45-year-old Topps baseball mystery.

Ramblings: Plano II Recap

Plano TX Card Show

Rich Klein has a recap of his second ‘put up or shut up’ local fundraising sports card show.

Ramblings: Answering the Mail

Van Lingle Mungo

Readers write about Van Lingle Mungo, the card shop that opted for vintage only, storage unit finds and the dilemma that is the old unopened box.

Ramblings: Almost Show Time

Plano Card Show

Plano II is almost here and Rich Klein chronicles the past, present and future of the show he launched near Dallas.

Ramblings: Great ‘Graphing at AA Games

Frisco RoughRiders Facebook page

Rich Klein says autograph collecting at the mid-level minors is great fun and you never know who’ll be there.

Ramblings: Storage Unit Stories

storage unit

A court battle over a storage unit supposedly full of sports memorabilia has Rich Klein recalling his brush with a mystery.

Ramblings: Show Admission

2012 NSCC show

Deciding what–if anything–to charge at the door is one of the dilemmas show promoters have long wrestled with.

Ramblings: Card Shop Owner Opts for Old vs. New

Vintage Baseball Cards

Rich Klein with some thoughts on a shop owner’s decision to stick to vintage.

Ramblings: Knowing Who Owned a Collection is Part of the Fun

Rich Ramblings 2014

Sets and cards that are part of hobby history or great collections shouldn’t be forgotten.

Ramblings: The Readers Respond

Rich Ramblings 2014

Rich Klein’s cyber mail bag is full again and he’s ready to grab the letter opener.

Ramblings: Buying at the Dip

Fred McGriff rookie

Rich Klein follows up his 1994 strike column with a recollection of the player it may have hurt the most and some advice for ‘buying at the dip’.

Impact of 1994 Baseball Strike Still Lingers

Upper Deck 1994 Baseball

20 years ago this week, an exciting season came to a halt and the fallout from the 1994 strike would impact the sports collecting industry for years to come.

Will Ruling Mean College Trading Cards Become an Industry?

Bowman Manziel

Rich Klein wonders if a court ruling that favors college athletes being compensated for the use of their images could lead to more college trading cards.

When Cleveland Embraced Another Young Football Star

1962 Topps Ernie Davis

His football card is among the most valuable in the 1962 Topps set, even though Ernie Davis never played a game.

Ramblings: Are Sets the Next Group Break Idea?

Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps PSA 8

Case breaks and box breaks are fine but Rich Klein says the same concept applied to complete sets might be popular.