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Ramblings: Williams Not Part of the Great Pre-War Rookie Card Debate


Trying to give players from long ago an ‘official’ rookie card is dicey business.

Bob Welch’s Strikeout of Reggie Pushed Pre-Price Guide Rookie Card

Bob Welch rookie card

Bob Welch’s duel with Reggie Jackson would have made his 1979 Topps card a star if monthly price guides had come a year earlier.

Ramblings: Where Have All the Nicknames Gone

Horse  Danning

Rich Klein says old baseball cards with colorful nicknames are the best.

Ramblings: Padres Drafting Manziel Recalls Past QB Selections

1982 TCMA John Elway baseball card

Quarterbacks are popular in the MLB Draft and a few wound up with a baseball card or two.

Rich’s Ramblings: Cards Part of Keeping Youth Alive

Rich Ramblings 2014

A voice on the air; a face in a pack of cards. Youthful memories are sometimes hard to hang onto.

Rich’s Ramblings: Stuff I Miss

Rich Ramblings 2014

Rich Klein recalls some things from the distant and recent past that he wishes could return.

Ramblings: Case Breaking Pavilion a Good Idea


Rich Klein says the move to bring a special area for case breaking to the National is a good move but in some ways, it’s kind of a throwback concept.

Rich’s Ramblings: Long Live Big Sets

Upper Deck 40 Man

Rich Klein recalls the ‘counter-revolution’ that brought back bulked up baseball card sets–for a few years anyway.

Rich Klein’s Ramblings: Mailbag Edition

Corn Palace

Rich’s inbox is full and he’s answering emails including one from a shop owner across from an unusual tourist attraction.

Ramblings: Beckett’s Focus on the ‘Now’ is Understandable

Beckett Magazine July 2014

Rich Klein says he’s surprised Beckett didn’t cut vintage cards from its monthly magazine long before now.

Ramblings: SGC’s Flip Change Could’ve Been a Fun Contest


After some customer feedback, SGC will adjust the design of the new labels it has planned. Rich thinks having a design contest would have been a win-win.

Ramblings: 1959 Topps Rookie Cards Foresaw Future Managers

Felipe Alou 1959 Topps

Future managers, including some very successful skippers, abound in the 1959 Topps baseball set.

Ramblings: Bet You Haven’t Seen This Topps Set Before

Hobby media baseball cards 1992

Back in 1992, Topps’ PR department created trading cards for members of the hobby media.

Ramblings: Cardboard Heroes Became Real Heroes During War Time

Bob Kalsu

On this holiday weekend, Rich Klein recalls some of the players whose sacrifice makes them heroes worthy of collecting.

Ramblings: Reader Reaction to Boxes vs. Expected Value

Rich Ramblings 2014

We’ve gotten quite a bit of response both via email and on Facebook from one of our recent Ramblings about what buyers of new sports card boxes should expect in terms of ‘value’ when they open them. Here are a couple of them with my responses. I really enjoyed the article as it brought up […]

Rich’s Ramblings: Do Consumers Have a Right to Expect Secondary Market Value?

Rich Ramblings 2014

When secondary market value doesn’t exceed cost, is that a problem of the sports card manufacturer or an unrealistic consumer expectation?

Ramblings: A Trip Through 2 Old Hobby Publications

Collecting publication Sports West

Rich Klein flips through two 1970′s hobby publications and finds prices you won’t believe but still some universal truths about collecting.

Ramblings: Trailblazer Tommy John’s Career Spanned ’64 Topps to Upper Deck

Tommy John rookie card

Rich Klein talks Tommy John, Tommy John surgery and ‘mom threw away my baseball cards!’ stories.

Ramblings: The Readers Write

baseball card show Craig Ranch TX

Promoting the hobby to a new generation isn’t as easy as it may sound.

Ramblings: Fleer’s 1986-87 Basketball Issue Wasn’t an Instant Hit

1986-87 Fleer basketball pack

The basketball card world was a far, far different place when Michael Jordan was but a youngster.