Baseball Cards on Steroids
With the steroid controversy clouding up the image of baseball,
what can be said of baseball cards that have been enhanced so as
to give a particular card an unfair advantage over others?
Injecting cards with bat chips and uniform material certainly
puts those cards on a different level. Are people buying the
card or the bat chip? It’s hard to tell.
The Worst Year for Baseball Cards –
Baseball cards were gaining in popularity
in the early 1950s. Year after year they looked more and more
amazing. They couldn’t compare to the cards of today, with
glossy, clear photos, chrome highlights and super photography.
The cards of 1952 and 1953 were pretty ordinary. The cards from
1954 and 1955 were almost replicas of each other except for the
horizontal rather than vertical orientation, but better. Then in
1955 the magic occurred...
Baseball Cards of Team
Managers – Do Nice Guys Finish Last?
They don’t make as much money as
players. They usually had very mediocre baseball careers. But,
they often have played a substantial role in bringing out the
best in their players and directing their teams to postseason
play. But, not much is said for baseball cards of team managers.
The manager is often the edge a good team needs to be great. Why
then are there very few manager cards with significant value.
1959 Fleer Ted Williams: The Teddy
Ballgame Baseball Card Set
It’s unusual to
find a baseball card set honoring a player’s life while the
player is still playing. Fleer did just that by signing Ted
Williams away from #1 Topps in 1959 just two years after
Williams electrified baseball again by hitting .388 at the age
of 39. He would play another year before retiring, and would hit
.316, with 29 home runs and a .645 slugging average — a career
year for most players.
Old Baseball Cards vs. Vintage Baseball
Maybe it’s just semantics. But, I was wondering if my baseball
cards from 40 to 50 years ago are vintage or just old. I’ve
often referred to them as my old baseball cards in the
shoeboxes. I’ve never said to myself, “I think I’ll look at my
vintage baseball cards.” It just doesn’t sound right.
Old Baseball Cards of Old-looking
Baseball Card Blog
article from April 9, 2006, Ben
Henry discussed the Topps Heritage
sets. At one point he describes the 1957 card of Joe Adcock as
that of someone who looks older than he really is. Adcock was 30
years old in the picture, but Ben felt that he looked much
older, like from the barnstorming days. Anyone who remembers
Adcock will agree that Ben is pretty close to being right about
his comparisons, though I don’t really think Adcock looked old,
he just looked weathered and tough.
The Golden Age of Baseball and the
Golden Age of Baseball Cards
Does the Golden Age of Baseball coincide with the Golden Age of Baseball Cards? George F. Will’s Washington Post article of Sunday, October 15, 2006 concludes that the Golden Age of Baseball is now. ...Read Full Article
Rule Suggestions for the All Star Baseball Game
Baseball Cards Save the Game of Baseball Itself
Did baseball cards save the game of
baseball itself? Back in the 1950s the game wasn't really doing
very well. Attendance was down throughout the league.
Would television destroy the game? The baseball owners thought
Beckett Media – A Good Value to Those Who Value Baseball Cards
What did people do before Beckett came
along and produced a periodical that informed people of the
value of their baseball cards? Most likely the value was
whatever you could get from a dealer or from someone at a card
show. There were no grading systems and the value of the card
depended primarily on the demand at the time. ...more
The History of Baseball Cards of the Golden Age - Topps 1952
Baseball Boss | Virtual Baseball Cards
The Day Baseball Cards Lost Their Luster
Topps 1959 Baseball Thrills