Ramblings: My National Journey Resumes

vintage sports cards

National Eve has Rich Klein recalling the past and looking forward to his 2015 experience.

Ramblings: National Promos Good for Business

Ted Williams promo card 2015 Topps NSCC

Whether it’s a contest, free cards or free coffee, there’s nothing wrong with enticing business at the National, your local show or even your shop.

Ramblings: Bo and Bouton Part of 1960s Multi-Player Rookie Card Tales

Jim Bouton-Bo Belinksy-1962 Topps Rookie Parade

Sometimes a baseball card holds two great stories.

Ramblings: NSCC Follow Up

NSCC entrance

Rich follows up his column about show cities for the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Ramblings: Baseball Card Stories, 1969 Topps Edition

1969 Topps wrapper

From guys who couldn’t get off a Rookie Stars card to a manager depicted by a cartoon firing, the 1969 Topps set has the quirks Rich loves to highlight.

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.