With origins dating back to 1880, the Richards-Wilcox company produces hardware, storage, and conveyor systems for all sorts of structures and facilities. Nearly 150 years later, the company is still in business today. But some collectors of old sports cards are familiar with the brand through its large distribution of calendar-themed trade cards in the early 1900s. About the … [Read more...] about Sports at the Forefront of Rare Richards-Wilcox Trade Cards
The T206 baseball card set (aka, the Monster) has always been a popular target for collectors of vintage sports cards. With a grand total of 524 cards, it's one of the most daunting set builds that collectors can undertake. Many have tried and eventually given up before completion. These days, most collectors pursuing the set will chase either a 520-card set (the set minus … [Read more...] about The Wayback Collector: How Are Collectors Tackling The T206 Monster?
Ask most collectors familiar with vintage baseball cards, and they will tell you that there are 324 cards in the popular 1951 Bowman set, which boasts the true rookie cards of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. While that is true, however, there is at least one more baseball card produced by Bowman that year that many are unaware of. See, while Bowman produced its popular … [Read more...] about What Was Jim Hegan Doing in Outer Space in 1951?
Between low supply issues and bulk buying by resellers, card collectors might think they have it difficult today. But collecting today is a breeze compared to the difficulties of buying product in the pre-internet days. And if you think card buying in the 1970s or 1980s was complex, just imagine what the very earliest collectors went through to secure needed cards. Forget … [Read more...] about The Wayback Collector: For Early Collectors, Finding Sports Cards Was No Small Feat
While the names of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb dominate the pre-war baseball card landscape, that pair of all-time greats has made room for a few other legends of the game. Among the players' cards that have grown in popularity over the years is the iconic Shoeless Joe Jackson. Jackson's story hardly needs repeated at this point for longtime collectors or fans of the game. Simply … [Read more...] about Shoeless Joe Jackson Rookie Card Continues Its Meteoric Rise In Value
In 1992, Shaquille O'Neal was heralded as the biggest NBA rookie in years. Fresh off of a three-year career at LSU, O'Neal had become one of the most dominant players in the college game, averaging 24.1 points and 14 rebounds per contest in his final year. The dominant center was ready to step into a starring role with the Orlando Magic, who quickly scooped him up as the top … [Read more...] about 30 Years Ago, Classic Shook Up The Basketball Market With An Exclusive Contract With Shaquille O’Neal
While card collecting ultimately became quite an accepted hobby, it wasn't necessarily viewed in the greatest light in its early days. The very earliest cards, typically understood to be trade and advertising issues, weren't terribly complex. Used as a simple advertising medium for businesses, those cards were often collected and placed into scrapbooks. There was less concern … [Read more...] about 19th Century Trade Cards Highlight Early Card Collecting
The 1939 Play Ball baseball card set has it all. Thanks to the rookie issue of Ted Williams, there's an iconic first-year card. There are shortprinted high number cards to increase the difficulty in building a set. And there is a slew of star cards, including the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Mel Ott, and Hank Greenberg, among others, that are plentiful enough to create a meaningful … [Read more...] about Plenty of Candidates for Missing No. 126 Card in Landmark 1939 Play Ball Set
It's hard to believe but the 1991 Desert Shield baseball cards issued by Topps have turned 30. I remember those cards distinctly, even if finding them proved difficult. Here's a closer look at this impressive set that continues to generate collector interest three decades after it was first issued. About the 1991 Topps Desert Shield Baseball Cards The cards, if you're … [Read more...] about 30 Years Later, 1991 Topps Desert Shield Cards Remain Popular — and Valuable
The Obsequio de Susini tobacco card set is one of those international issues that doesn't come up a whole lot. The lack of baseball cards in it is a contributing factor for its relative obscurity. Nevertheless, there are plenty of great sports cards to be found in it. Let's take a deeper look at this rare set. About the Obsequio de Susini set Obsequio de Susini? That's a … [Read more...] about Sports Cards Highlight the Rare Obsequio de Susini Set