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The Controversial Collection: Top 10 Sports Cards with a Story

by Vinnie Rullo

Controversy often stirs heated debates, and nowhere is this more evident than in the world of sports cards.

From secrets that took over two decades to unravel to revelations that shocked the community in mere months, the tales behind these cards are as varied as they are fascinating.

This article delves into the top 10 most controversial sports cards of all time, uncovering the stories that have sparked debates, lawsuits, and sometimes, even legends

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The Controversial Collection: Top 10 Sports Cards with a Story
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Investing in Vintage Rookie Cards: A Guide to Potential Gains

by Vinnie Rullo

Investing in vintage rookie cards offers a potentially lucrative opportunity, with substantial financial gains possible for savvy collectors.

It's tempting to focus solely on high-value vintage cards, but it's wise to avoid allocating all of your capital into cards that may not offer quick liquidity.

A balanced approach, combining short-term and long-term investments in your card portfolio, is key.  

This guide explores key strategies for navigating the market, emphasizing the importance of market knowledge, strategic purchasing, and the critical role of card grading.

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Investing in Vintage Rookie Cards: A Guide to Potential Gains
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2024’s Best Bets: Top 24 Sports Cards to Invest In

by Vinnie Rullo

The new year has arrived, bringing with it the potential for many sports cards to increase in value as the year progresses.

This article examines 24 must-have sports cards you should consider buying this year.

Many of these cards feature athletes who are potential future Hall of Famers, players in the spotlight, MVP-caliber talents, and those who might benefit from an appearance in this year's Super Bowl.

Let's delve into our Top 24 Must-Have Sports Cards for 2024.

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2024’s Best Bets: Top 24 Sports Cards to Invest In
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Top 10 Coaching Sports Cards Of All Time

by Vinnie Rullo

Coaches play a pivotal role in shaping championship contenders, leaving an enduring impact on numerous sports franchises throughout history. Some of these coaching legends were once star players who transitioned into remarkable coaching careers, while others never graced the professional athlete arena themselves.

Intriguingly, many coaching rookie cards and key cards featuring future Hall of Famers remain underrated gems. As follows, I'll review the most valuable coaching cards across the four major sports: baseball, basketball, football, and hockey.

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Top 10 Coaching Sports Cards Of All Time

Junk Wax Gems: Top 15 Most Valuable Cards Of The Era

by Vinnie Rullo

The Junk Wax Era, spanning from 1986 to 1993, is predominantly recognized for its significant overproduction of baseball cards.

This period led to a substantial bubble in the sports card industry, which eventually burst, causing a notable collapse in the market.

However, the era was more than just bubble and bust; it also produced a rich array of sports cards, including valuable rookie cards and rare short-prints

Many cards from this era now hold surprising value. You could discover some of these hidden treasures in your collection.

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Junk Wax Gems: Top 15 Most Valuable Cards Of The Era
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Bubble To Bust: A History Of The Junk Wax Era 1986-1993

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The 'Junk Wax Era' of baseball cards, spanning from 1986 to 1993, marked a period of massive overproduction by card companies, leading to a market saturation that significantly diminished the value of these cards. 

Initially swept up in a wave of hysteria, collectors once believed their cards would be worth fortunes, only to find them nearly worthless today.

This era served as a stark lesson for card companies, catalyzing a shift in production strategies to balance supply and demand—a cornerstone in today’s thriving sports card hobby.

In this article, we'll delve into the Junk Wax Era, exploring its lasting impact and the subsequent evolution of the hobby.

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Bubble To Bust: A History Of The Junk Wax Era 1986-1993
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The Top 10 Sports Cards That Changed The Hobby

by Vinnie Rullo

Sports cards have been on quite the journey since the late 1800s.

From humble beginnings with baseball cards tucked inside tobacco tins,
to today's flashy 1/1s and autographed patch cards.

Throughout this evolution, a few cards and sets have truly turned heads,
setting new trends and directing the next big thing in card collecting.

These aren't just pieces of cardboard; they're snapshots of sports moments in time, shaping the hobby and leading to the dynamic card culture of today.

Without these game-changing cards, our hobby would be a different ball game.

So, let's dive in!

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The Top 10 Sports Cards That Changed The Hobby
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A Collector’s Guide: Mickey Mantle’s Topps Cards, 1952-1969

by Vinnie Rullo

Mickey Mantle is one of the most iconic baseball players of all time.

Many of his sports cards, produced during the baby boom era, were affixed to bike spokes by kids, making mint condition cards rare today.

High-grade copies of The Mick's more valuable cards consistently break records at auction.

I've analyzed every Topps card of Mantle from his playing days, dating from 1952 through 1969. 

The analysis of each card follows, examining value, scarcity, and investment potential. 

Also see our guide to the ten best Mickey Mantle cards to invest in, which covers many of Mantle's non-Topps baseball cards. 

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A Collector’s Guide: Mickey Mantle’s Topps Cards, 1952-1969
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Shohei Ohtani: Top 10 Rookie Cards

by Vinnie Rullo

Shohei Ohtani has captivated major league baseball since his 2018 debut.

He has excelled as a hitter AND a pitcher, making him the only active MLB player to achieve such a distinction.

In 2021, Ohtani clinched the AL MVP title, and based on his outstanding 2023 performance, he's poised to claim it once more.

To no surprise, the value of Shohei Ohtani's rookie cards have soared in recent years.

In this piece, we'll delve into the top 10 most sought-after and valuable Shohei Ohtani rookie cards

Not all of these Ohtani rookie cards are not the most expensive, but they are the most popular in the sports card community.

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Shohei Ohtani: Top 10 Rookie Cards
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Hidden Gems: Top 10 Undervalued ’70s Baseball Rookie Cards

by Vinnie Rullo

The 1970s featured many baseball stars, Hall of Fame players, rookies, and some players who made a significant impact during the decade. 

Still, today many rookie cards from that era fly under the radar. Rookie cards from this decade, especially high-grade examples, continue to increase in value.

In previous baseball rookie card articles, I have discussed rookie cards of players not yet in the Hall, including Dave Parker, Keith Hernandez, Lou Whitaker, Thurman Munson, and Dwight Evans.

In this piece, I dive deeper into ten rookie cards from the 1970s that still look like excellent buys.

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Hidden Gems: Top 10 Undervalued ’70s Baseball Rookie Cards