You couldn’t blame a novice collector for thinking every Honus Wagner card is out of reach. Anytime one of the few dozen T206s sells at auction, the headlines scream as the price soars deeper into seven figures. Yet one of baseball’s most famous faces has plenty of original cards you can own without seeing a loan officer. No, they're not as inexpensive as they … [Read more...] about A Honus for the Rest of Us: A Handful of More Affordable Wagner Cards
1940 Play Ball
Recently, I was flipping through some of my card binders. While I buy plenty of singles and lots, my primary collecting focus is really on building sets. I like the satisfaction of completion and set building can present some interesting challenges. Because my focus is on sets, often I find myself buying particular lots of cards even if I only need a few. That, of course, … [Read more...] about The Wayback Collector: Is It Bowman or Play Ball?
The 1940 Play Ball set was the largest baseball card offering from Gum, Inc. With a total of 240 cards, it's not only the largest Play Ball set, but one of the larger gum card sets in general. Not many baseball card sets were printed in the 1940s but this was one of them. And while this set includes plenty of contemporary stars, it is also known for a large collection of … [Read more...] about 1940 Play Ball Set Filled With Post-Career Stars
Much has been made recently of several Kansas City Royals players questionably leading All Star voting at their positions. As many as seven Royals could start in the July 14 game with talk of revising fan voting. All the same, this wouldn't mark the first time deserving players have missed their All Star chance. Seventy years ago, in the waning days of World War II, baseball … [Read more...] about Baseball Cards of the 10 Forgotten 1945 All-Stars
Talk to dealers and collectors and the one word that keeps surfacing about the 1940 Play Ball Baseball set is ‘underrated’. Our Vintage Set of the Week is a 240-card whopper, overflowing with stars of the day and stars of the past. Play Ball made its debut with the 1939 set, another black and white issue that used what were for the time, clear photos of contemporary … [Read more...] about 1940 Play Ball is a Slice of Baseball History
I'm always enamored of trivia so imagine my surprise when in one of the daily e-newsletters of baseball tidbits, Lee Sinise, mentioned the all-time leader in pinch-hit homers for the Boston Red Sox. Yes, the answer was a Hall of Famer, but not one you usually associate with coming off the bench. Would you believe Ted Williams? Teddy Ballgame was featured as an active player … [Read more...] about Ramblings: Williams Not Part of the Great Pre-War Rookie Card Debate