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Topps Throwback Thursday

Median print run for Topps Throwback Thursday

Topps is producing another on-demand card series, Throwback Thursday. Every Thursday they release a six-card set of baseball players in vintage card designs. Each set is available for one week only. The print runs are announced once the sale is done. Beckett reports on the designs used: 2016 Topps Throwback Thursday looks to use a […]

Official Topps Now Store on eBay

The median quantity for Topps Now is 402 cards

Ichiro reaches 3,000 hits. The next day Topps is selling a card. These cards from Topps are on-demand printing featuring the latest events. 360 such baseball cards exist so far. 24 hours is the window to purchase the latest card. Last night Jason Heyward hit the game-tying single in the 9th and the walk-off single in the 13th […]

Young man in dormitory room

T206 baseball cards taped onto bedroom wall

Imagine rare 1911 tobacco cards taped up on a bedroom wall. Crazy, right? We expect T205 and T206 baseball cards from 1909 and 1911 to be encased inside plexiglass cases. In this 1911 photo from the Library of Congress, there are over 50 cards hanging on this bedroom wall. Look around the guy’s head, you’ll […]

Ichiro meets President Obama

Ichiro and President Obama

As Ichiro broke Ty Cobb’s hit record yesterday, I’m glad to say that I still have hanging on my cube wall, a 2010 Upper Deck baseball card where Ichiro meets President Obama.  Do you have any baseball cards hanging up at your desk? 

Jacob Hannemann inscription on 2013 Leaf Trinity

Jacob Hannemann “can’t wait to play in wrigley”

  A professional baseball player expressing his dreams on the front of a baseball card. Looking at autographs, you wonder where is the soul. You want to see some sort of meaning behind a player’s autograph. On the 2013 Leaf Trinity “Authentic Inscription” series, players are to write inscriptions next to their autographs. Some players […]

Jose Canseco: 2001 Upper Deck SP Game Bat Edition Piece of the Game

Reassembling a baseball bat from relic cards

Baseball card manufacturers like Topps (and formerly Upper Deck) slice apart game-used baseball bats and embed them into cards. What if you bought a stockpile of one player’s relic cards and reassembled the bat? It would look rather like a LEGO bat, I’d imagine. Or if you sanded off the rectangular edges, you’d end up […]

Fu-Te Ni and Chien-Ming Wang back-to-back in same pack

Fu-Te Ni and Chien-Ming Wang in the same pack

One Chinese pitcher, one Taiwanese pitcher, both arrived back-to-back in the same 2010 Upper Deck pack. Both photos feature the Asian pitchers in their windup. Seeing these two cards of Fu-Te Ni and Chien-Ming Wang next to each other makes me want to collect all the 2010 Upper Deck cards featuring Asian pitchers.

T206 Sweet Caporal REBEL OAKES Cincinnati

1910 T206 Rebel Oakes tobacco card

Look at the fun outfielder Rebel Oakes is having on his T206 card. Now this is a ballplayer playing the game for fun. He’s so delighted to have caught the ball. Probably because that year with Cincinnati, he was second in the league for errors committed by an outfielder with 18. (Bob Bescher of Cincinnati […]

1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel Ty Cobb

1909 E95 when cards were printed on cardboard

What a beautiful card this Honus Wagner 1090 E95 is. The photo/illustration depicts Wagner with a dirty uniform. The card is dirty. The view of his grip on the bat gives you a real feel for how he handled the bat. The bright colors painted onto the card. Then you have Ty Cobb’s extremely beat […]

Scribble correction for team name on Harmon Killebrew 1961 Topps

Correcting the team on a baseball card

In 1961 the Washington Senators moved Minnesota and became the Twins. Their star player Harmon Killebrew’s 1961 Topps card shows him with the Minnesota Twins. An astute fan corrected the card by scratching out the Senators name and hand-writing Twins onto the face of the card. There. Much better. NOW this card is correct. (even […]

1920 W516 1 Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Roger Hornsby, Tris Speaker, Ping Bodie

Five mystery cards revealed

Yesterday we featured the backs of five baseball cards. They come from the 1920 W516 set: #3 Ping Bodie #5 Tris Speaker #7 Roger Hornsby #8 Walter Johnson #1 Babe Ruth Notice how Babe Ruth is featured as a pitcher, one of his first Yankee cards. Hat-tip to Sports Collector Daily for discovering these cards […]

Beckett Official Price Guide Baseball Cards

Alternative baseball card price values

The baseball card industry has just one official pricing guide–Beckett. The master of the land gets to decide the baseline prices for all baseball cards. This mighty giant has decided that the growing upstart COMC can no longer use their prices online. COMC is revolutionizing the baseball card industry by storing all the sellers cards […]

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