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Farewell Chuck Noll and Wish You’d Had More Cards

Chuck Noll Steelers autographed police issue card

Chuck Noll football cards in mainstream issues are few and far between but he’s not alone among NFL coaches in that regard.

Ramblings: Hobby-Centric Birthdays are the Best

Rich Ramblings 2014

Rich revels in a baseball card birthday weekend and remembers a radio personality who was music’s version of the baseball card in the 1970s and 80s.

Rich’s Ramblings: Tony Gwynn a Friend to Collectors

Tony Gwynn rookie card

Rich Klein recalls when Tony Gwynn stepped in to help stop autograph forgers–and a baseball card commercial that showed us his sense of humor.

Ramblings: Really, 1982 Topps Traded Set? Steve Stroughter?

1982 Topps Traded Steve Stroughter

Rich wonders about the 1982 Topps Traded set which included an older, fringe prospect but not some future Hall of Famers. Can you create some ‘cards that never were’?

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

1939-Play-Ball-Ted-Williams

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

case

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

SGCFlip

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?