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Hobby News and Notes from the Editor’s Blog

Steve Young

Of redemptions, the return of basketball cards, superstar jerseys and the Industry Summit.

Rich’s Ramblings: Now Catching… Dr. Jim Beckett

Richs Ramblings

Rich Klein talks 1982 card shows, is made to feel really old after his wife calls the cops on him …and recalls an NSCC softball game in which Beckett’s founder was the all-time catcher.

Triple Platinum: A First Look at 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball

Bat Plate Bryce Harper

We’ve got the lowdown on 2012 Bowman Platinum baseball, plus a sneak peek at some of the cards, a checklist and more.

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Preview

Albert Pujols Allen Ginter 2012

It’s still in the quirky mode of the original, but you’ll find more baseball content in 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball.

Aaron Rodgers’ Rarest Rookie Card Auto Has Air of Mystery

Upper Deck Rookie Premiere Rodgers auto

Just how many signed copies of the 2005 Upper Deck Rookie Premiere Aaron Rodgers are floating around out there? Then there’s the ones with the sticker…

Editor’s Blog: 15 Years and 738,395 Memorabilia Cards

Press Pass Jeff Gordon tire

Looking to collect every memorabilia card ever made? You’ll need a mighty big checklist. But recent developments make one wonder about the origin of some.

Topps to Produce 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Glossy Factory Set

Glossy set 2011 Topps Allen Ginter

Topps will print a limited number of its 2011 Allen and Ginter glossy set and tack on ten cards we didn’t see in the regular offering.

Variety, Quantity Make 1922 Attractive Target Year for Card Collectors

American Caramel Walter Johnson

A couple of major issues and some eclectic cards make 1922 stand out as a year that attracts buyers–and sellers.

Editor’s Blog: First Pack, Old Pack, National Impressions, Prime 9

Mike Schmidt Topps Prime 9

Topps PRIME 9 #5 is revealed, some nostalgic remembrances about baseball cards and childhood, a 1972 Topps pack rip and another take on this year’s NSCC.

Baseball Card Shop Making a Mini Comeback?

sportscardshop

The Editor’s Blog mulls the latest headlines and whether the dearth of card shops and the rise of technology might be creating some new brick-and-mortars.

Old Shop Back in Business

Joe Saldivar

How can the 19th largest city in America not have even one baseball card shop? That’s what one long-time dealer couldn’t stand.

Unopened Baseball Cards: True Test of Willpower, Patience

Unopened pack 1954 Topps baseball

The iconic pack is still the foundation of collecting. To open or not open…that is the question.

Iowa Collector Reunites Stolen Photo With Boston Library

George "Nig" Cuppy

An alert collector’s curiosity has brought George Cuppy back home.

Mark Ingram, Cam Newton Autograph for Topps

Ingram_Newton_Topps-Inception-Dual-Auto

Two of the big name offensive stars from this year’s NFL draft class have signed on for 2011 Topps football products.

1974 Topps Washington Nationals: The Year Topps Jumped the Gun

Johnny Grubb 1974 Topps

37 years ago, Topps moved the San Diego Padres, who actually weren’t quite ready to leave yet.

Posey Signing for San Francisco Dealer

Signed Buster Posey jersey

Special World Series jerseys are now part of the mix as 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey conducts another signing session for LC Galleries.

Top 10 Vintage Bowman Baseball Cards

Bobby Thomson 1951 Bowman

Topps released its top 60 baseball cards of all-time this week. Bowman’s short run in the card universe deserves a little love, too.

Editor’s Blog: Are Collectors Smarter?

kids baseball cards

Does a strong interest in sports cards lead to a better education and potentially a higher standard of living?

Hank Aaron and Dave Letterman: Baseball Card Buddies

1954 Topps Aaron

Henry laughs it up with David Letterman on the Late Show and brings out a pair of rookie cards.

2010 Topps Prime Football Review

2010 Topps Prime box

A look at what pops out of Topps’ newest football card product.