Joy of a team set, chapter 26 (50 years in the biz)
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23h ago
  These are bizarre words for me to write but this year marks 50 years since I first held baseball cards in my hand. Those cards were 1974 Topps baseball cards. Had Heritage not been so scared to begin with Topps' first real baseball set when it kicked off the brand in 2001, we'd be celebrating my 50 years with the '74 design in Heritage. Full circle! But Heritage has been out of kilter ever since and I need to take a time-out every time I try to figure out which set Heritage will be replicating in the 2030s when it should take milliseconds. Heritage did the '74 thing last year and the ..read more
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Still seems like an odd time to be playing hockey
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23h ago
  I don't know what the weather is like in your area but around here, it's pretty warm pretty early. It's 85 today and that's not typical in May in the north country. I quite like it but I know if it's like this nonstop through the end of September there is going to be a whole lot of whining around here. And speaking of whining, what a weird time to still be playing hockey. I know that the Stanley Cup playoffs have been stretching into June for decades now. It's played some portion of the final series in June since the early 1990s. Not the first time this Gen-Xer looked at some new occ ..read more
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Following up
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4d ago
  I've been meaning to follow up on a couple of posts and the longer I've waited, the more follow-ups I've added. I'll write about all of them now, but I'll try to keep it from going on for too long (not that I've cared about that in the past!)   Starting with the card show I went to last weekend, I mentioned on that post that I had acquired the 1967 Topps Carl Yastrzemski card, which allowed me to replicate the 1975 Topps '67 MVPs card that shows the Yaz card and the Orlando Cepeda card side by side.      Like so. But I didn't realize at the time that I had pick ..read more
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One-card wonders, update 16
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1w ago
  I noticed on baseball-reference the other day that Buzz Stephen had died recently.   The name vaguely rang a bell but I wasn't sure why. It turns out I had just come across his name while working on the latest One-Card Wonders post for this blog. That's life in my addled state, a name that sounds vaguely familiar isn't from 40 years ago, it's from the last couple of weeks.   I was going through the 1970 and 1971 sets to find players who appeared in those sets for their one-and-only card. I wanted to include 1972 as well, because each of these sets are large and I wanted to se ..read more
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Some of you guys buy a lot of cards
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1w ago
  When I first started blogging way back when, I was amazed not just by the size of my new blogging buddies' collections, but also their ability to continue acquiring cards and also distributing those cards at will to fellow collectors. I knew only my tiny card world, which mostly remained the same since I was a child. I never had that much money to spend on cards. At first, it was whatever I could save up from my allowance, then it was whatever I could save up from my newspaper route, later it was spill-over cash from part-time jobs. I then took on a career that is renowned for paying ..read more
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Legend of cardboard: Mike Fiore
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1w ago
  I'm working on a couple of blog posts that involve research and I was hoping one of them would be ready today, but it turns out we're a long way from that. Thanks, work week. So I've got a fairly quick post instead.   I think we can all agree that among the poses that appeared on baseball cards from the '50s through the '80s, one of the best was the first baseman's pose with mitt outstretched waiting for the throw, or even better, with the ball nestled in his glove.   I liked those shots a lot. There's a reason that you haven't seen the few examples of that pose in the 1975 ..read more
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Later is better
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1w ago
    It's no surprise that I would subscribe to that theory. Night owls wouldn't be caught dead spouting sayings about worms and early birds. Later has always worked for me, in dozens of scenarios. The latest one was the monthly card show this afternoon. The show doesn't start in the afternoon. Like most weekend shows, it's open bright and early, when I'm still sleeping. I'll get up early Saturday for a long road trip but otherwise, wake me up at 11.  That doesn't stop me from going into a mild panic that all the card goodies will be gone by the time I get there. So sometimes ..read more
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Right on time
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1w ago
  There has to be a name for the experience of intending to send a package of cards to someone, packing up the cards, forgetting to mail off the cards for months, then finally sending the cards with a note of apology, both for forgetting and taking so long. There has to be a name because I've done it and you've done it. We've all done it multiple times. We need to stop doing it, stop the apologizing. Here's why: You're busy. I'm busy. I'm so busy that I don't remember that you told me you were going to send me cards. When was that? Months ago? Hell, last year? I don't remember that! W ..read more
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The 1975 Topps countdown, worst to best (No. 200-181)
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2w ago
  I mentioned on my 1975 buyback milestone post that I was easing up on the chase after reaching 500 buybacks for the set, so I could focus on some other card things. But a few other buybacks trickled in before I made that decision so I'm now at 505 of the 660 cards in buyback form. Here are the last five that arrived from the recent binge: Some good ones there. Happy to get the Dock Ellis out of the way, though it wasn't exactly cheap. Two of the cards in that group have not shown up on the 1975 Topps worst-to-best countdown yet, which means they're in the final 200. We're getting ..read more
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Diversity
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2w ago
  Diversity is a huge deal in the business world and I've been hearing about it virtually my entire career, probably even during college when I was preparing for my career. Diversity, in a different way, is a big factor in the hobby, as it relates to variety, different brands, different styles of cards, etc. When collectors complain about Topps' exclusive license, they're complaining about a lack of diversity. But as far as individual collectors, there are those who have diverse collections and those who keep the parameters limited. I admire those collectors with limits and am also baf ..read more
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