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Ramblings: Grab Bags and Games of Chance

grab bag

Seven come eleven. Rich Klein recalls the days when grab bags and games of chance were a part of baseball card shows.

Ramblings: Imagining the Hobby Without the Internet

Rich Ramblings 2014

What the hobby might be like if the internet wasn’t here yet…and a strange redemption from Topps hits Rich’s mailbox.

Ramblings: PA Shop Owner Still Going After 24 Years

Warren Wolk

Rich Klein catches up with Warren Wolk, whose All-Star Collectibles is a long-running hobby success story–but it’s not all they sell.

Ramblings: Collecting Can Be an Important Outlet

Rich Ramblings 2014

News from real life has Rich thankful for the escape that the fun of collecting provides.

Secret Santa Exchanges Close Out Ramblings’ Year of Giving, Receiving

Rich Holiday Ramblings

Rich Klein looks back at a busy year and reports on his Secret Santa exchanges that put a little gift giving fun into the holidays.

Ramblings: Never a Dull Moment at Local Shows

Plano II show

$1 admission was too much for one collector, while one dealer has a lesson for others: promote yourself.

Ramblings: Reader Reaction

letters emails

Rich Klein’s mailbag includes reaction to his columns on the 2016 National, an idea for card show reviews and cataloguing.

Ramblings: Don’t Kill Cataloguing

Brewers Police set

A couple of developments have made cataloguing many sports card sets a challenge, but Rich Klein tells us why it’s important to keep chronicling them all.

Ramblings: Doc’s Birthday Recalls Days When Gooden Was Plenty Good

Doc Gooden 1984 Fleer Update rookie card

Rich Klein recalls the collecting frenzy over a can’t miss pitcher and his friend Darryl who missed the train to Cooperstown, but gained a measure of respect after all.

Ramblings: Show Report

sports card show Dallas

Rich’s latest on the efforts to promote local shows in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

Ramblings: Reader Reaction

Rich Ramblings 2014

Readers are writing about some of Rich’s recent columns…and he’s asking for your help in answering a couple of them.

Ramblings: Players Who Finally Showed Up in 1967 Topps Set

Maury Wills 1967 Topps

Rich Klein recalls the debut of some players who had been conspicuously absent from Topps cards–until 1967.

Ramblings: Recalling ‘Rick Face’ and Rodriguez

1989 Fleer Billy Ripken

Rich Klein goes back to the crazy days of the Billy Ripken error and the arrival of a hot prospect who found himself in hot water years later.

Ramblings: Card Sharks and the 2 Decades Since

Card Sharks

Massive change in the hobby in the late 20th century has given way to even more but that’s just part of the evolution says Rich Klein.

Ramblings: When Collectors Come Back

Leaf Rookies Stars Piazza 1998

Acquiring the cards you couldn’t or didn’t as a young person can be easy or hard depending on when you left.

Ramblings: This Card is More Important Than You Think It Is

David Robinson rookie card

The 1989-90 Hoops David Robinson rookie card may be almost an afterthought now, but Rich Klein says it’s important for a couple of reasons.

Ramblings: The ‘Other Guys’ on Famous Rookie Cards

1963 Topps Pete Rose

They’re famous by association but the other guys on some of those famous baseball rookie cards have stories to tell, too.

Ramblings: Sometimes It’s Not the Dealer’s Fault

Plano TX Card Show

A collectors discussion of dealer habits got Rich Klein thinking about the give and take over sports card pricing.

Ramblings: When Collectors Expect Too Much for Their Stuff

Rich Ramblings 2014

What’s a fair markup on a collection? Rich Klein has some thoughts on what isn’t.

Ramblings: Answering the Mail

Van Lingle Mungo

Readers write about Van Lingle Mungo, the card shop that opted for vintage only, storage unit finds and the dilemma that is the old unopened box.