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Ramblings: Diamond Collection Website Still Down, Wax Pack Dare

Richs Ramblings

Rich Klein discusses Topps’ troubles with the Diamond Collection website and recalls the day he ate a 12-year-old piece of gum–and it was worth it.

Artist Gary Cieradkowski Connects with Dad Through Card Designs

Warren Spahn by Cary Cieradkowski

ESPN.com profiles talented graphic designer Gary Cieradkowski, who’s creating some cool looking art for the “Infinite Baseball Card Set”.

Top 10 Unopened Pack Prices on eBay

1972 Topps football cello packs

Not everyone is afraid to dip a big toe into the uncertain waters of unopened packs on the auction giant.

First 2011-12 Basketball Cards Won’t Appear Until Late February

Silhouettes auto Blake Griffin

The lockout has pushed the arrival of 2011-12 basketball cards back to late February. He’s what Panini is planning.

2012 Topps Museum Collection: A Real Name-Changer?

Quad Bat Relic Mantle 2012 Topps Museum Collection

2011 Topps Marquee morphs into 2012 Topps Museum Collection. A sneak peek at one of next year’s early season products.

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball: Back for A Second Go-Round

Roy Halladay 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen

Topps is bringing back one of its debut sets of 2011, Gypsy Queen Baseball. We’ve got a peek at what to expect.

2011 Topps Chrome Superfractor Cam Newton Rookie Card on eBay

2011 Cam Newton Topps Superfractor autograph

One lucky pack-popper pulled the pick of the 2011 football card litter.

Topps Opening Day Baseball: The Richard Nixon of Baseball Card Sets

Neftali Feliz 2012 Topps Opening Day

Topps has achieved peace with honor with its often ignored Opening Day baseball product, set to return in 2012.

1962 Topps: Sales Info Offers A Trip Back in Time

1962 Topps Baseball Box

Fifty years ago, Topps salesmen were preparing to hit the road, pitching those wood-grain beauties we now know as 1962 Topps. Unopened pack guy has more on the process–and the stunning return on investment one could have had by saving just one case.

Dominion Hockey Gives Up its Stanley Cup

Stanley Cup Canadiens mini 1979

A Michigan hockey card collector latches on to a 1978-79 Canadiens mini Stanley Cup through a Panini Dominion promotion.

Topps: Redemption Card Good for Pack, Not Set

Chrome

There’s an ‘error card’ inside 2011 Topps Chrome.

2011 Topps Football Offers Familiar Concepts

2011 Topps football box

Football is back and so, for the 56th year, are Topps football cards. Rich Klein tackles a fresh box.

Topps Adds Hall of Famer Relics to Tier One Baseball

2011 Topps Tier One Baseball Base Koufax

Out with the new and in with the old for Topps, which hopes adding some legendary relics will boost sales when the product arrives this fall.

Vintage Sports Card Packs a Challenge on eBay

1955 Topps baseball pack

The popularity of unopened packs and big time auctions keeps collectors on the prowl for rare, authentic wax.

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.

2011 Bowman Sterling Packs 2 Autographs Per Pack

Hosmer 2011 Bowman Sterling baseball card

One of Topps’ last products of 2011 will focus on signed rookie and prospect cards.

2011 Topps Tier One Baseball Will Debut in November

2011 Topps Tier One  Baseball Dual  Autos Longoria Schmidt

Topps is promising on card autographs galore as it prepares for yet another new product release this fall.

Pack Busting and Flipping with Jimmy Fallon and Bob Costas

Bob Costas and Jimmy Fallon

NBC’s late night funster Jimmy Fallon shares some old Topps gum and flipping games with Bob Costas.

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Review

Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Base Pujols

Box buster Rich Klein is off the DL and making up for lost time. How did he do with his box of the popular Topps throwback, Gypsy Queen?

2011 Topps Tribute Pack Review

2011 Topps Tribute Sandy Koufax

Not for the light of wallet, 2011 Topps Tribute packs offer autographs, relics and parallels in each five-card pack.