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Ramblings: Card Sharks and the 2 Decades Since

Card Sharks

Massive change in the hobby in the late 20th century has given way to even more but that’s just part of the evolution says Rich Klein.

Ramblings: Things to Think About Before You Open a Shop

Triple Cards Plano Texas

A reader’s question has Rich K listing a few things to keep in mind before opening a sports card shop.

Ramblings: More of Your Comments and Questions

Stephens Convention Center NSCC

Readers are reaching out and Rich Klein is once again busy answering the mail.

Ramblings: Another Show is Born

Southfork Hotel

J.R. and Miss Ellie would have appreciated the effort. The Southfork Hotel hosts a first-time card show and Rich Klein helped with the maiden voyage.

Ramblings: When Collectors Come Back

Leaf Rookies Stars Piazza 1998

Acquiring the cards you couldn’t or didn’t as a young person can be easy or hard depending on when you left.

Ramblings: The Series Quake on Cardboard

Lights Out 1989 earthquake

Rich Klein recalls the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake and the baseball card that commemorated the interruption of the World Series.

Ramblings: Generous Collectors, Good Kids, Missing a Friend

Rich Ramblings 2014

Rich appreciates the non-profit show donations, hears about some smart young collectors and eulogizes a collector gone much too soon.

Ramblings: Sometimes, the Dealer is to Blame

Craig Ranch Card Show

Rich K says sometimes it’s understandable why collectors get frustrated with show dealers.

Ramblings: Rookie Cards Drove the Tumultuous 80s

1982 Topps Cal Ripken Jr.

Baseball cards never made more news than they did in the 1980s and it was the growth of those recognizable rookie cards that drove it.

Ramblings: This Card is More Important Than You Think It Is

David Robinson rookie card

The 1989-90 Hoops David Robinson rookie card may be almost an afterthought now, but Rich Klein says it’s important for a couple of reasons.

Ramblings: The ‘Other Guys’ on Famous Rookie Cards

1963 Topps Pete Rose

They’re famous by association but the other guys on some of those famous baseball rookie cards have stories to tell, too.

Ramblings: Sometimes It’s Not the Dealer’s Fault

Plano TX Card Show

A collectors discussion of dealer habits got Rich Klein thinking about the give and take over sports card pricing.

Ramblings: Cup of Coffee Players Who Deserve a Card

The 'other' Billy Williams

Rich remembers a few guys–including one currently on a roster–who spent years in pro ball but never had a Topps card.

NFL Ramblings: McRebels of 2 Different Eras

McDaniel McMahon

One became more famous for his second career while the other kept fans, reporters and a commissioner guessing.

Ramblings: 1954 Topps Set Break Proves a Hit

Topps 1954 baseball cards

A vintage set break proved popular with collectors who hoped to turn 13 bucks into a 1954 Topps rookie or star card.

Ramblings: Promoting a Show? Give It Your All

sports card show

Rich sets up at a new show and finds the crowd a little light. Could more have been done?

Ramblings: Connecting Those Time Passages

2014 Topps Football Hobby Box

Rich Klein says the football card licensing deal is just part of those time passages that somehow stay connected.

Ramblings: Answering the Mail

Lum Harris 1966 Topps back

Another two manager year for Topps, a reader searches for some scarce 1990s football cards and a dealer’s two cents on buy prices.

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.