1981 was a huge year for alternative baseball card sets

The baseball card landscape had been the same since 1956. Topps was the only game in town for the next 24 years, with the rare exception of 1963 when Fleer snuck out a set of cards packed with cookies. Forty years ago, though, everything changed and there was no going back. Long-running lawsuits had finally reached the …

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Dad’s old sets: A look back at the sports cards of 1971

Gas was 40 cents a gallon. Stamps were 8 cents. The average monthly rent was about $150. A new house? In the Midwest, you could still snare a decent one for less than $25,000. A pack of sports cards cost pennies unless you could nab a 25-cent cello pack or a rack pack (54 cards for 39 cents!). …

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Starting Five: Most popular vintage baseball card sets of all-time

It’s risky business to float anything called “most popular.” After all, what’s popular with one person might not be quite as cool with the next. After 150 years or so of baseball cards though, it’s pretty clear that some sets have captured the fascination of collectors more than others.  You may not have the gumption …

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How Topps posterized packs back in the day

Topps has always loved its inserts.   Decades ago, they were decidedly different in type and quantity and the company worked up a bunch of them. Stamps. Stickers. Decals. Coins. Glossy cards. Team checklists. All of those and more showed up as bonuses inside wax packs.   What they loved more than anything, though, were posters. Chances …

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