Josh Wilker’s Cardboard Gods

One of my favorite blogs is Josh Wilker’s Cardboard Gods.  Josh takes a different slant than most baseball card blogs, which are mainly nostalgia.  Josh uses one card to help tell some (often quite personal, sometimes funny and/or emotional) story about his own life, or about the world around him.

Several years ago he took some of his blog content, added several new entries, and turned out a book, also called Cardboard Gods. I highly recommend the book as well.

Note that we have a Blogroll over to the lower right.  If you have any other blogs that are worthy of promotion via SABR’s Baseball Cards committee, let’s add them.  Also, feel free to post about them as well.

— Mark

 

Bruce Markusen’s Card Corner

For those of you who don’t know, Bruce Markusen writes a column devoted to baseball cards (usually focusing on a single card) for the Hall of Fame web site.  He has a new entry today, which is on the 1968 Don Mincher card.

Bruce is a member of this committee, but even if he wasn’t I would recommend giving his column a read.  At the very bottom of the page there are some links to earlier entries, but you might need Google to find the rest.

— Mark

 

Just in Time for Christmas

I am always making a Christmas list for my family – no need for them to get me things I don’t need or sizes from eons ago. The top of the list every year is Topps cards – I used to ask for the upcoming season, but as my collection has grown, anything they get me is thoroughly enjoyed.

This year, there is something specific: Topps Transcendent Collection.

https://www.topps.com/blog/nearly-40-great-names-included-in-2016-topps-transcendent-collection-baseball-final-checklist/

That looks incredible! The reviews are amazing, but so is the price tag.

Topps Transcendent Will Be Most Expensive Baseball Cards Ever Made

http://www.beckett.com/news/2016-topps-transcendent-baseball/

Retail prices haven’t been seen (by me). Release date is December 9, in case anyone wants to get me and Mark something for getting the blog moving…

Autographed cards

A friend of mine is trying to put together a complete set of autographed 1968s (at least I think they are 1968s). Its something that I always wondered about  -how does anyone chase down the gold insert sets, or the Target Red sets, or get a full autographed set?

Obviously money is a key player, but it is time and dedication well beyond opening pack after pack to collate a 2016 set.

I was amazed to discover you could collect *this autographed set:
http://www.sportsartifacts.com/aagpblcards.html

Impressive.

Series on Topps Baseball Cards

Partly to test out our brand new blog (for SABR’s Baseball Cards committee), I thought I would provide links to a series of articles I wrote in the spring of 2016 on Topps baseball cards. Here they are.

April 7. Part 1: Introduction.

April 14. Part 2: Taking Over. (focus on 1956-57)

April 21. Part 3: Innovative Subsets. (focus on 1958-61)

April 28. Part 4: Men Without Hats. (focus on 1962-63)

May 5. Part 5: Rookie Cards. (focus on 1964-67)

May 12. Part 6: Conflict. (focus on 1968-69)

May 19. Part 7: Collecting. (focus on 1970-71)

May 26. Part 8: Grey Backs. (focus on 1972-75)

June 2. Part 9: Competition. (focus on 1976-80)

June 9. Part 10: The Best of the Best.

More posts like this coming.

— Mark Armour