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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.

Ramblings: Perfect 10 Baseball Set Possible With 1 Vintage Issue

1978 Topps vending box

All 726 cards graded ’10’? A daunting task but one set from the pre-1980 era proves it’s possible. Rich Klein has some reasons why.

Ramblings: Reader Reaction

letters emails

Rich Klein’s mailbag includes reaction to his columns on the 2016 National, an idea for card show reviews and cataloguing.

Ramblings: Shop Owners Hoping to Stay Above Holiday Product Avalanche

Exterior Nicks Sports Cards Dallas

For shop owners, keeping up with the mountain of fresh products as the year winds down is proving to be a challenge.

Ramblings: Don’t Kill Cataloguing

Brewers Police set

A couple of developments have made cataloguing many sports card sets a challenge, but Rich Klein tells us why it’s important to keep chronicling them all.

Ramblings: “Other Guy” on the Seaver Rookie Card Has Place in History

Tom Seaver rookie card

Rich Klein opines on the challenging 1967 Topps high numbers, including the Tom Seaver rookie card–or should we say the ‘Seaver-Denehy rookie card’?