Collectors who pulled one of the "Celebration of the Decade" tickets inside packs of 2020 Topps Series 1 or 2 Baseball got lucky twice. Not only did they receive an invitation to a Topps gathering in Las Vegas featuring some baseball stars, they also became the only recipients of some exclusive products and cards. Topps announced the promotion when it began promoting … [Read more...] about Topps Celebration of the Decades Freebies Included Limited Boxes, Factory Sets, Autographs
It sat in a shoebox for years but over the weekend, one of the 50 copies of the 2008 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor Kobe Bryant--the card that shows him being guarded intensely by LeBron James--sold for a whopper of a price. The card was brought to last summer's National Sports Collectors Convention by a collector who had opened packs just stuck them away. He … [Read more...] about Notes: Found in Shoebox, Kobe-LeBron Card Nets $312,000
The 1981 Rochester Red Wings’ Media Guide has my name listed third, right behind team radio broadcasters Don Fisher and John Harmon. To this day I consider working for a community minor league baseball club affiliated then with the Orioles for a total of four seasons to be a career highlight. For each home game at Rochester’s Silver Stadium I would provide color … [Read more...] about Memories, Memorabilia Bring Baseball’s Longest Game to Life
Visitors to the Tristar Autograph Pavilion at The National can walk away with just about anything. Seriously, if you’re a fan of Hall of Famers of any sport…they’ve got you covered. Super Bowl champs? That too. Looking for a Captain James T. Kirk autograph to add to your collection? Yeah, they’ll help you out there as well. Wade Boggs supercollector Rich … [Read more...] about Wade Boggs Surprises Superfan at The National
After weathering the entry into the baseball card market by Fleer and Donruss in 1981, Topps needed a strong product by the time 1983 rolled around. As if to convince itself and baseball card collectors, Topps kept pushing the slogan “The Real One,” with “Real” underlined, on packs and boxes to remind fans who had held the license to produce baseball cards for so many … [Read more...] about 1983 Topps Baseball Offered A ‘Real’ Improvement
When the Boston Red Sox retire Wade Boggs’ number this spring, John Reichard will be there—probably adding a few more items to his ever-growing collection of Boggs cards and memorabilia. He may have even had a small role in making it happen. Reichard along with his friend and fellow Boggs backer Richard Davis used their Twitter account (@Boggsfan) to relentlessly push for … [Read more...] about Wade Boggs Collector: 20 Years and Counting
Think 1982 Topps Traded set and you probably think of the Cal Ripken card. However, if you think back to that summer, there are plenty of question marks and riddles to ponder. One of Topps’ most unusual decisions involves a card from that set featuring a player most of us have probably forgotten: The 1982 Topps Traded Steve Stroughter card. Stroughter had bounced around in … [Read more...] about Ramblings: Really, 1982 Topps Traded Set? Steve Stroughter?