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Ramblings: Remembering Cards of 1960s Two-Sport Stars

Rich Klein recalls a few of his favorite two-sport athletes from the 1960s and their cards.

Rich’s Ramblings: Running Ragged

Call it a Card Show Triathlon. Rich Klein says being involved in three shows over eight days gave him a greater appreciation of the value of a good promoter.

Ramblings: Recalling Look-Alikes and Cardboard Rumors

Rich Klein recalls the days when speculation around a player’s identity fueled rampant rumors and price increases.

Ramblings: Readers Write on 1962 Backs, Rare Cards, Trivia

Rich Klein digs through the inbox where readers are asking for help on 1962 Topps backs, Pro Set’s rare Prototype cards and one has some nice trivia.

Ramblings: Reader Reaction

Rich’s columns, past and present, spur emails from old and new friends with questions and comments.

Ramblings: Remembering Bob Schmierer and the Willow Grove Show

The death of long-time Philly show promoter Bob Schmierer has Rich remembering one of the hobby’s all-time great card shows–in a not so great hotel.

Ramblings: It’s Show Time Again

Advice from fellow hobby veterans, wrangling prizes and hunting free publicity is all part of trying to ensure the success of a non-profit show.

Ramblings: Ripken Recollections as Anniversary Approaches

Twenty years after he passed Lou Gehrig, Rich Klein recalls how Cal Ripken’s generosity–and his rookie cards–helped baseball heal some deep wounds.

Recalling Two of the Hobby’s Major Figures

Rich Klein recalls the impact and the times of Bill Mastro and Alan ‘Mr. Mint’ Rosen.

Ramblings: Dreaming of the Cards That Might Have Been

Why is there no 1968 Topps Reggie Jackson? Rich Klein discusses players and big moments that would have filled a void in our card collecting past.

Brief and Buh-Bye: Baseball Cards of Aquisitions Who Didn’t Pay Dividends

Rich Klein chronicles players who were acquired by a team with high hope, given a card and then quickly moved on.

Ramblings: Mistaken Identity on Sports Cards

Rich Klein runs down a few sports card photo blunders; some you’ve probably heard of and others you haven’t.

Ramblings: Answering Your E-Mails

From 1960s All-Star mysteries to the vintage card market to Jordan Spieth, readers offer Rich their two cents on his recent columns.

Ramblings: Mantle’s Youth Lives on Through Cardboard

Mickey Mantle left us 20 years ago this month. Rich Klein recalls getting a chance to see him play during his final season, bringing his cards to life.

Ramblings: A Few Stories from Recent Show Travels

Whether it’s the National, flying home from the National or doing a local show, Rich Klein always finds a chuckle or two.

Ramblings: Reality Tie Makes Our Hobby Stand Out

Rich K says the business may have contracted but the “living hobby” aspect of 25 years ago remains the same.

Ramblings: Early 1960s Topps All-Star Mysteries

Rich Klein delves into a few questions about All-Star selections in Topps cards from over 50 years ago.

Ramblings: Cards and Broadcasts Connect Us to Baseball’s Past

Baseball cards and long-lost broadcasts help bring the past back to life.

Ramblings: Fun With 1962 Topps Card Backs

The cartoons and the copy make for a fun ride through the backs of the 1962 Topps Baseball cards.

Ramblings: Gifford Was More Than Monday Night

Frank Gifford was skilled enough to carve out two long careers, appearing in card sets as a player and a play-by-play announcer.