They still wore stirrups. Cable was still new to some folks. The Braves were on The Superstation. And there was a baseball card shop in any town that had a few thousand people living in it, or nearby. Like thousands of others across the country, Jim Caple was a little caught up in the suddenly red hot card market as the 1980s headed toward the finish line. He bought a … [Read more...] about ESPN’s Jim Caple on What 1988 Topps Cards Reveal
Cubs fans do it because...well...it's just something Cubs fans do. While ballhawks outside Wrigley Field chase down any home run ball that leaves the park, fans who catch one in the bleachers throw it back if it was hit by an opposing player. The general idea is that a home run ball hit by the other team isn't worth keeping. It may have been funny once, but now it's just … [Read more...] about Pujols Historic Home Run Ball Tossed Back on Field
Part of being a Topps' spokesman is doing a lot of interviews. That job fell to Hank Aaron earlier this year. Hammerin' Hank appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and did plenty of other guest spots on network and major market TV. Now, it's Joe Namath's turn. A few weeks back, we showed you his appearance on Letterman where he talked about popping out of bed to … [Read more...] about What’s in Joe Namath’s Closet?
Some were funny. Some were dumb. Some made it seem like the players were just like us. The little cartoons on the backs of baseball cards were a staple for nearly 30 years. Who drew them? How did they know all of this stuff? As kids, we wondered. Before the internet, cards were one of the best ways to learn about the players we read about in magazines and newspapers … [Read more...] about Missing Those Baseball Card Cartoons
They were once thought of as a relic of the 1950s and 60s. A strange little collector's item that was meant for little kids who didn't have anything more cool to collect (well, beyond cards anyway). Bobblehead dolls enjoyed a renaissance when major and minor league teams rediscovered them in the 1990s, giving them away on special promotions to an audience that went crazy … [Read more...] about Bobblehead Nation is Still United