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A Pack of Wax, and Stacks of Memories

1986 topps

A college professor from California is taking a cross-country tour to meet with players he pulled from a random pack of 1986 Topps baseball.

Great American Baseball Card Book is Back on Kindle


Before the boom and bust, before blogs and magazines, there was the “Spinal Tap of baseball books.” Author Fred Harris gives us an inside look at a hobby classic.

Baseball Cards of the 10 Forgotten 1945 All-Stars

Ken O'Dea

They were named All-Stars for the only time in their careers but World War II cancelled the game. A look back at some of the players through their cards.

1983 Wrestling All-Stars Set Wraps 80s Trilogy

1983 Wrestling All-Stars Gino Hernandez

Information and a checklist for the last of three 1980s sets: the 1983 Wrestling All-Stars set which includes personalities not in the 1982 issues.

Notes: Lynch’s NFC Title Helmet; Curry’s Finals Jersey; Rose in Vegas

Marshawn Lynch helmet

Around the horn with the sale of another Steph Curry Finals jersey and Marshawn Lynch’s NFC title game helmet plus new allegations aside, Pete is signing.

Blindness Can’t Stop This Kid’s Love for Cards, Sports, Music


Would you still collect cards if you couldn’t see them? You might have a different opinion after you read 15-year-old Jake Cohen’s story.

PSA to Give Away Mint Jordan Rookie Card at NSCC

Michael Jordan PSA 9 rookie card

A PSA 9 Michael Jordan joins signed items from Chicago icons Walter Payton and Ernie Banks in a giveaway that’s part of PSA’s National promotion plan.

On the Brink: Rare 1938 Ted Williams Photo at Auction

1938 Ted Williams Minneapolis Millers

He was getting instruction from another former .400 hitter that summer, one in which Ted Williams became baseball’s next great star.

Notebook: PSA Cert App; Chub Feeney’s Rings; Young Collector; Steiner Autos

World Series ring 1976 Cincinnati Reds

PSA launches a mobile app for checking certs, championship rings at auction, a teenage fan of pre-War cards and more In Their Own Words autographs.

Helmar Card of the Week: Slim Caldwell, 1914 New York Yankees

Slim Caldwell Helmar 1914 Yankees

Other “interests” may have contributed to a relatively short stay in the big leagues but Ray “Slim” Caldwell’s baseball life was a long one.

NBA Finals MVPs of the 2000s and Their Rookie Cards


The fourth part of our series brings us a little closer to the present with a look at rookie cards of the NBA Finals MVPs of the 2000s.

A Summer Baseball and Collectors Reading List

Whos Who 100 Years

Ready to kick back a little? We’ve got some fresh new baseball and collecting books along with some old standbys to tackle while the livin’ is easy.

New Discovery: 1914 Joe Jackson Photo at Auction

1914 Joe jackson photograph

Hidden in a photo archive for decades, our Photo of the Day features Shoeless Joe Jackson in his final year with Cleveland.

NBA Finals MVPs of the 1990s and Their Rookie Cards

BGS 10 Michael Jordan

The NBA Finals MVPs of the 1990s is a short list that marked the end of one era and the beginning of another. Their rookie cards offer options.

Signatures for Soldiers Turns Autographs into Assistance

Signed baseball cards

Veterans and their families benefit from Signatures for Soldiers, a program turning autograph requests into donations for Military Missions in Action.

2015 All-Star FanFest Autograph Signers List

MLB All Star FanFest

A list of Hall of Famers and former Cincinnati Reds will be on hand for autographs at the 2015 All-Star FanFest in Cincinnati next month.

Topps’ Scout Hunted Players’ Signatures in 1952

Turk Karam

A newspaper article from 1952 sheds some light on Topps’ efforts to battle Bowman and snare players for use on its early card sets.

Helmar Card of the Week: Benny Kauff, 1915 Brooklyn Tip-Tops

Benny Kauff Helmar Brewing T206

Benny Kauff’s life is begging to be made into a movie. Helmar has created a T206 ‘card that never was’ for one of the game’s most interesting characters.

Rediscovering the Hobby

1986  Donruss Canseco

Writer Grant Bisbee’s story about coming back to his childhood hobby is one of the best things you’ll read this year, especially if you grew up with Beckett.

Vintage Football Break of the Month: 1958 Topps

Topps Football 1958

The set that dates to the NFL’s breakthrough year and includes one of collecting’s top rookie cards, is the subject of the May Vintage Football break.