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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.

Ramblings: Interest in Shows a Positive Sign?

Vintage Baseball Cards

Rich Klein is wondering whether the increased number of Dallas area shows might be a good sign for the hobby as a whole.

Cleveland National Recalls Super Joe

Joe Charboneau Hometown Heroes

Johnny Football? LeBron Who? Rich Klein recalls Cleveland’s 1980 super rookie, Joe Charboneau.

Ramblings: Turning Wax Into Common Cash

Plano Card Show

Rich K recalls when it was possible to break just about any box, sell singles and earn a profit.

Ramblings: Hunt for Bigfoot Always Fun

Joe Doyle T206 error card

Rich Klein recalls some rumored variation cards that came to fruition and others that never got fixed.

Ramblings: Buying and Selling Philosophies Elicit Comments

Rich Ramblings 2014

Is pricing cards a pain? Have alternate payment methods? Why do some shop owners cop an attitude over retail? Rich is wondering and wants your comments.

Ramblings: A Little Selling, a Lot of Promoting

Plano Card Show

Rich Klein takes a turn behind a table at a Texas card show, visits a couple of local shops and has some news about Plano II.

Baseball and Collecting Still Regional

Rich Ramblings 2014

It may be the ‘national past time’ but Rich K says if you think about it, baseball and baseball cards have their own regional history and quirks.

Ramblings Mailbag: The Readers Write

Rich Ramblings 2014

The email man was busy again this week and it’s time for Rich K to answer those loyal readers.

Ramblings: Fresh Take on Baseball Card Investing

Modern Baseball Card Investor

A new book puts a fresh spin on investing in baseball cards.

Ramblings: ’67 Topps Red Sox Recall Team’s Sudden Fortune Change

1967 Topps RedSox team

Forty-seven seasons later, 1967 Red Sox baseball cards are still in demand and that ‘Impossible Dream’ season plays out through Topps’ series.

Ramblings: Altered Reality of Jeter Rookie Cards

Derek Jeter Fantasy card 1993 Astros

What a Jeter rookie card might have looked like had he been picked by the Astros.

Ramblings: Boccabella, Coco, Rusty and The Rons: Remembering The 1969 Expos

Coco Laboy

Great nicknames, cool uniforms, a tiny ballpark, a bilingual franchise…it all adds up to great memories for those who remember the 1969 Montreal Expos.

Ramblings: Why Jim Brosnan is More Than Just a Common

1962 Post Jim Brosnan

He was a good pitcher but an even better writer. Rich Klein says Jim Bouton may be more famous but Jim Brosnan was the pioneer.

Ramblings: Recalling Pinnacle’s Efforts to Try Something Different

Cal Ripken Pinnacle Snapshots

Unusual pack configuration in a new product has Rich Klein recalling the 1990′s, when Pinnacle Brands was trying to earn space on crowded store shelves.