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