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Ramblings: Dreaming of the Cards That Might Have Been

Ernie Banks Topps photo negative 1972

Why is there no 1968 Topps Reggie Jackson? Rich Klein discusses players and big moments that would have filled a void in our card collecting past.

Brief and Buh-Bye: Baseball Cards of Aquisitions Who Didn’t Pay Dividends

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Rich Klein chronicles players who were acquired by a team with high hope, given a card and then quickly moved on.

Ramblings: Mistaken Identity on Sports Cards

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Rich Klein runs down a few sports card photo blunders; some you’ve probably heard of and others you haven’t.

Ramblings: Answering Your E-Mails

Rich Ramblings 2014

From 1960s All-Star mysteries to the vintage card market to Jordan Spieth, readers offer Rich their two cents on his recent columns.

Ramblings: Reality Tie Makes Our Hobby Stand Out

1989 Topps Update Griffey-Johnson

Rich K says the business may have contracted but the “living hobby” aspect of 25 years ago remains the same.

Ramblings: Cards and Broadcasts Connect Us to Baseball’s Past

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Baseball cards and long-lost broadcasts help bring the past back to life.

Ramblings: Fun With 1962 Topps Card Backs

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The cartoons and the copy make for a fun ride through the backs of the 1962 Topps Baseball cards.

Ramblings: Gifford Was More Than Monday Night

Frank Gifford 1952 Bowman Large

Frank Gifford was skilled enough to carve out two long careers, appearing in card sets as a player and a play-by-play announcer.

Ramblings: My National Journey Resumes

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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

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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

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