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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.

Ramblings: Great ‘Graphing at AA Games

Frisco RoughRiders Facebook page

Rich Klein says autograph collecting at the mid-level minors is great fun and you never know who’ll be there.

Ramblings: Storage Unit Stories

storage unit

A court battle over a storage unit supposedly full of sports memorabilia has Rich Klein recalling his brush with a mystery.

Ramblings: Buying at the Dip

Fred McGriff rookie

Rich Klein follows up his 1994 strike column with a recollection of the player it may have hurt the most and some advice for ‘buying at the dip’.

Impact of 1994 Baseball Strike Still Lingers

Upper Deck 1994 Baseball

20 years ago this week, an exciting season came to a halt and the fallout from the 1994 strike would impact the sports collecting industry for years to come.

Will Ruling Mean College Trading Cards Become an Industry?

Bowman Manziel

Rich Klein wonders if a court ruling that favors college athletes being compensated for the use of their images could lead to more college trading cards.

Ramblings: Turning Wax Into Common Cash

Plano Card Show

Rich K recalls when it was possible to break just about any box, sell singles and earn a profit.

Ramblings: Fresh Take on Baseball Card Investing

Modern Baseball Card Investor

A new book puts a fresh spin on investing in baseball cards.

Ramblings: Boccabella, Coco, Rusty and The Rons: Remembering The 1969 Expos

Coco Laboy

Great nicknames, cool uniforms, a tiny ballpark, a bilingual franchise…it all adds up to great memories for those who remember the 1969 Montreal Expos.

Farewell Chuck Noll and Wish You’d Had More Cards

Chuck Noll Steelers autographed police issue card

Chuck Noll football cards in mainstream issues are few and far between but he’s not alone among NFL coaches in that regard.

Ramblings: Really, 1982 Topps Traded Set? Steve Stroughter?

1982 Topps Traded Steve Stroughter

Rich wonders about the 1982 Topps Traded set which included an older, fringe prospect but not some future Hall of Famers. Can you create some ‘cards that never were’?

Ramblings: Explaining What They’re Worth Often a Futile Exercise

Rich Ramblings 2014

Dealing with one-time collectors who don’t understand why they can’t sell cards for full retail.

Ramblings: Show Report and Plano II Confirmed

Rich Ramblings 2014

Rich Klein sets up at a combination toy and sports card show while making plans for his second fundraising show later this summer.

Ramblings: Recalling the Crazy Days of 1989

1989 Fleer set

Billy Ripken was only part of the madness as dealers scrambled to corner the market on sets that it turned out weren’t all that hard to get if you were patient.