The mystery of the 1964 Topps Curt Flood card has been solved. He's an important player in baseball history but he's not a Hall of Famer. Yet we had heard that there was a man who traveled to card shows, visited shops and chased this card down online in an effort to stockpile as many as he could. But why? ESPN the Magazine's Mina Kimes saw our … [Read more...] about Cornering the 1964 Topps Curt Flood Market
This is the 50th anniversary year for the 1964 Topps Giant Size All-Stars set which is the one of the most interesting sets of the modern era. Topps always tried to experiment with products of different types, some of which are now considered very rare “test sets’ such as 1961 Topps Dice Game and some of which ended up being produced in enough quantity so they gained permanent … [Read more...] about Massive ’70s Find Hasn’t Dulled Appeal of 1964 Topps Giant All-Stars Set
We sometimes talk about cards which have reached “mythical” status for how difficult they are to find online or at shows. Some of our favorite examples are some of the 1966 and 1967 Topps single print high numbers. However, there is a card for which one person is apparently driving the market upwards for reasons no one has yet been able to figure out. Unlike these two earlier … [Read more...] about 1964 Topps Curt Flood: What’s the Deal?
Seeing this is Topps’ 75th anniversary year, we started looking for people and events which occurred 75 years ago. Everyone remembers different aspects about players from the past but my first two thoughts of players born in 1939 were Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Carl Yastrzemski. Niekro is interesting as a player as he really did not develop into a full-time major league … [Read more...] about eBay Card of the Day: Better Late Than Never: Niekro’s 1964 Topps Rookie
One of the enduring mysteries of the over-production era of the card collecting hobby is how did a card with an easily observable obscenity on the bat get past so many people who were supposed to ensure such language would not appear on a card. Unlike the 1964 Topps Ray Sadecki card in which the card was cropped in such a way the word “ass” appeared in the background, the early … [Read more...] about Ramblings: Recalling Billy Ripken FF Card Mania
by Chris Harris To say that Topps’ once popular Heritage Baseball brand is in need of a facelift is a gross understatement. After years of issuing the same formulaic product (500 cards, with a “hit” in every box, Chrome parallels, and a series of unannounced “gimmicks”), collectors starting taking to their Twitter accounts and blogs (including some comments posted by Rich … [Read more...] about 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball Preview