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Ramblings: Draft, Prospecting Always a Crapshoot

Tom Qualters 1954 Topps

This week’s MLB Draft will provide another exercise in predicting the future, something teams, card companies and collectors have been doing for a long time.

Ramblings: The Redemption Edition

2012 Bowman Josh Hamilton

Rich Klein was there when Josh Hamilton capped a big week that proves once again sports are often about redemption.

Ramblings: Fun to See 80s, 90s Youth Return


Those who aren’t concerned with the value of what they bought back in the day are coming back to the hobby for how it makes them feel.

Ramblings: No Substitute for In Person Communication

baseball card show Craig Ranch TX

The show and shop experience is still valuable in today’s collecting world.

Ramblings: Yaz as Don Mincher and Other Unexpected Cameos

Don Mincher 1970 Topps Poster

A Hall of Famer’s guest shot on a 1970 Topps poster is just one of the interesting cameo appearances Rich Klein is discussing.

Ramblings: Cameo Card Appearances and Show Notes

Rams Joe Namath

Rich Klein recalls some players who left teams they’d been associated with for years and whether the cameo turned into cardboard commemoration.

Ramblings: 10 Years on From Fleer


Rich Klein recalls the tenth anniversary of Fleer’s demise and how it set the stage for a card contraction that’s still going on.

Ramblings: Reader Reaction Edition

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Rich hears from a Puerto Rican collector about a 2013 column and from a nonagenarian with a bone to pick about past vs. present.

Ramblings: 20 Years From Nomo; Finding a Shop Autograph Guest

Hideo Nomo 1995 Topps

Rich Klein recalls the impact of Hideo Nomo on a hobby still reeling from work stoppages. He’s also talking autograph guests for shops and more.

Ramblings: Past Not Always Better

card show

The good old days of sports collecting were fun but Rich Klein says today’s collectors have it better in a lot of ways, too.

Ramblings: Show Notes


Rich Klein found a great autograph guest and is hoping it leads to others…and anyone for half day dealer rates? It’s all part of his show notes.

Ramblings: Producing Those Early Beckett Guides

Beckett Price Guide 4

Picking up some early Beckett price guide annuals has Rich Klein recalling times when not everything went perfectly.

Ramblings: Catching Up With Artist Monty Sheldon

2010 National Chicle Baseball cards

Rich Klein chats with the man who glides easily between creating sports art for card makers and hand-painting his famous Artballs.

Ramblings: Cards That Try to Pair Old Faces with New Places

Jerry Morales 1974 Topps

Rich Klein has a soft spot for old Topps cards that show players in their former team’s uniform.

Ramblings: Vintage Card Photo Shoots Tell Great Stories

Don Mincher 1970 Topps

The backgrounds of some older Topps cards are a sort of baseball travelogue.

Ramblings: Of Errors and Good Lessons


Rich says dad’s lessons about collecting, selling and how to approach things still ring true.

Ramblings: Creating Comprehensive Card Catalog Isn’t Easy


An imperfect science and a lot of cards to catalog is tough even for those who’ve been at it a while. Creating a database from scratch is even harder.

Ramblings: 50 Years of Super Bowl Starters Set Anyone?

Super Bowl 50

A conversation with a collector and his project has Rich Klein pondering the possibility of a card set tied to the 50th Super Bowl.

Ramblings: Concocted Card Tale Recalls Other Great Spoofs

Sidd Finch

A creative collector with too much time on his hands can be a dangerous thing, especially on this day.

Rich Klein: Ramblings on Razzes

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Buying a chance to ‘win’ with no guarantee you’ll get anything seems like a gray area, at best. Rich Klein with some thoughts on sports card ‘razzes’.