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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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1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski Rookie Card: A Closer Look

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The son of a potato farmer, Carl Yastrzemski came to the big leagues under a ton of pressure.

The Red Sox had hand-selected Yaz as the replacement for one Ted Williams.

The shorter and lankier Yaz struggled out of the gate, even getting batting tips from the ‘Splendid Splinter’.

Yaz eventually turned it around, cementing his legacy in baseball and Red Sox history.

The 1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski rookie card is one of the best-designed and most valuable rookie cards in the hobby.

In this piece, we take a look at the career of Yaz, his 1960 Topps Rookie card, and whether it might be a good investment for vintage card collectors.

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1967 Topps Tom Seaver Rookie Card: A Closer Look

67-topps-seaverTom Seaver mastered the craft of pitching, dominating opposing hitters for twenty seasons.

Seaver is one of only two pitchers to win 300 games, with 3000 strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00 (the other is Walter Johnson). 

Bill James ranked Tom Seaver as the sixth-best pitcher of all time.

James also noted that with a better team, Seaver could have been one of the best. 

The 1967 Topps Tom Seaver Rookie Card is one of the most prized rookie cards in the hobby and of the premier rookie cards from the 1960s. 

In this piece, I take a closer look at Seaver’s rookie card. Exploring the existing PSA population reports, values, and investment potential.

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1934 Diamond Stars Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

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The 1933 Goudey set gets all the fanfare for being the first card set to issue packs of cards with gum.

But the underappreciated 1934-36 Diamond Stars Baseball card set deserves more attention. 

The 108 card set covered a three year period from 1934 to 1936, offering up real competition for Goudey. 

The lack of serious collector interest likely stems from the omission of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, contracted by Goudey at the time.

In this piece we take a closer look at the 1934-36 Diamond Stars set, showcasing the most valuable cards in the issue. 

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1933 Goudey Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

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The 1933 Goudey Baseball card set is one of the hobby’s most coveted treasures.

The card design is one of the most beautiful of all pre war card sets.

Colorful renderings of some of the hobby’s most popular players, the set is anchored by not one, but four Babe Ruth cards!

Plus, oh yeah, there’s the added bonus of two Lou Gehrig cards in the set, two of the hobby’s most valuable cards

The 1933 Goudey cards are not rare (aside from the Nap Lajoie), but are tough to find in great condition.

Sports card collectors have continued to bid up the big names in the set

For investment purposes, Goudey baseball cards should remain an excellent long-term investment

Here we explore the most valuable cards in the 1933 Goudey Baseball card set. 

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Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card (Best 6 Investments, Value, Checklist)

psa-10-griffey-udI started collecting in the mid-80s, when Fleer, Topps, and Donruss ruled the streets during the junk era. 

As a Red Sox fan, I tended to emulate my hometown idols, guys like Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, and Mike Greenwell. 

But, every so often, there were players that you could not ignore. As a kid, one of those guys was Ken Griffey Jr. 

Griffey somehow emerged unscathed from the steroid era, ending his career as one of the best to play the game.

Griffey’s rookie cards came out near the peak of the junk era, so most collectors view his cards as poor investments.

I wanted to look at the best Ken Griffey Jr pre-rookie and rookie cards to see if there might be some good investments for collectors

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