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MLB Lockout, Baseball Cards, And Heroes Of Player’s Union

MLB Lockout, Baseball Cards, And Heroes Of Player’s Union

Major League Baseball Is Broken. Shall We Count The Ways? 

The most obvious is the current owner-imposed lockout. The debate between franchise owners and the players union boils down to this. 

Owners want to make more money, and players want more fairness - both for the players and the game itself.

The owners want permission to advertise on players’ jerseys, and they want to expand the playoffs.

The players union hopes to address a decline in the player salaries, despite big increases in broadcast revenue for owners.

The median player salary is $1.2 million, and the MLB minimum salary is $570,000. 

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SGC Card Grading (A Collector’s Guide)

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PSA gets all the fanfare, but SGC is the second oldest grading company in the hobby. 

Launched in 1998, about seven years following the start of PSA, SGC has built a reputation as one of the most trustworthy and reliable card graders in the business. 

Unfortunately, PSA graded cards still sell at a sizeable premium to both SGC and Beckett graded cards. 

My hope is that at some point, SGC graded cards earn the due that they deserve. 

As follows is a full review on SGC.

Please let me know your thoughts on SGC in the comments section.

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Beckett Card Grading (A Collector’s Guide) BGS, BVG, BCCG

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Beckett has long been a powerhouse in the media business. 

It's monthly price guide magazines are synonymous with card collecting from the 80s and 90s.

Beckett Card Grading was launched back in 1999 and remains among the top tier of today's card grading companies. 

In this piece, we review the history of Beckett Grading and explore some of the details of its different card grading options.

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1934 Goudey Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

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The 1934 Goudey Baseball card issue followed one of the most coveted pre-war sets of all time

The set is beautiful and leverages a similar, colorful design as seen with the 1933 Goudey baseball card set. 

Yet, a glaring omission is the lack of any Babe Ruth cards in the set (recall, Babe has four cards in the 1933 Goudey set). 

Yankee slugger Lou Gehrig is the main focus of the set. 

The "Iron Horse" is the only player with multiple cards in the set.  Gehrig's face is also featured on the majority of the card fronts, with a quote from Gehrig on the backs. 

Collectors sometimes refer to this one as the 'Lou Gehrig Goudey' set.  

Follow along as I explore the 1934 Goudey issue, providing data on scarcity, investment potential, and the most valuable cards in the set

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Baseball Cards Of The Players That Shaped Toni Stone’s Career

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In a previous article, I wrote about Toni Stone, the first female MLB player.

Stone played in the Negro Leagues with the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953, and the Kansas City Monarchs in 1954.

Here, I will dive deeper into her story, exploring how she reached her lifelong goal of playing professional baseball at the highest level.

Along the way, I will identify some of the famous ballplayers who lent her a hand. 

Much of the information I present here comes from the excellent biography of Toni Stone, “Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone”, by Martha Ackmann.

I’d encourage those interested in Toni Stone’s story to give it a read!

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1984 Topps Football Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

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The 1984 Topps Football set is THE landmark football card set of the 1980s.

Sure, the 1981 Topps set has the Montana rookie card, and the 1982 Topps set has Lawrence Taylor’s rookie card.

But, the 1984 Topps set features one of the best collections of big-name rookies across any sports card set from the 1980s. 

In this piece, we take a closer look at the 1984 Topps set, providing PSA population data, card values, and thoughts on overall investment potential.

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