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Ramblings: Why a Sport Rules a City and its Collectors

1962 Houston Colt 45s tickeet

Why do some cities have a bigger collector base than others? Rich Klein says some of it has to do with the history of its pro sports teams.

Ramblings: Show Notes and Successful Dealers

Cowboys police set Doug Donley

A weekend show has Rich recalling some tips from successful dealers and shop owners.

Ramblings: Yaz as Don Mincher and Other Unexpected Cameos

Don Mincher 1970 Topps Poster

A Hall of Famer’s guest shot on a 1970 Topps poster is just one of the interesting cameo appearances Rich Klein is discussing.

Ramblings: Cards That Try to Pair Old Faces with New Places

Jerry Morales 1974 Topps

Rich Klein has a soft spot for old Topps cards that show players in their former team’s uniform.

Ramblings: Finding a Show Guest

Lindy McDaniel

Finding an autograph guest for your card show sometimes just means a little legwork and a little knowledge of players who might have an interesting story.

Ramblings: Reader Question About Starting a Card Show

Plano Card Show

Rich answers a potential show promoter’s question about how to get a new event off the ground.

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.