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Vintage Baseball Card Blog Archive 2007

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The Future of Baseball Cards
July 1, 2007

The future of baseball card collecting is up in the air.  It will certainly continue to exist, but to the extent that it can recreate the glory years of the 1950s and 1960s is doubtful without considerable change in the product itself and possibly the game itself.  Baseball card sales are sliding.  The sale of Topps to The Tornante Co. LLC, a group founded by former Disney head executive Michael Eisner, will probably not change things significantly.  After all, Topps has been a big business for a long time, and new big business is not the solution.
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Why Are Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards More Valuable Than Others?
August 15, 2007

Many people have admired Mickey Mantle during his playing years and thereafter. Most would not say that Mickey Mantle was the greatest player of all time, or even the greatest of the 1950s or 1960s, though he did seem to be the most popular. Back then Babe Ruth would have gotten many votes for "greatest player" even though he had long been out of baseball.

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Why Are Rookie Baseball Cards Worth More Than Other Cards?
September 1, 2007

Why should rookie baseball cards be worth more money than the cards from years when the player was a star? This seems like a stupid question on the surface, especially nowadays when cards are commodities and values are determined in much the same way as stocks. But, this wasn’t always the case.

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Why Should Kids Today Collect Baseball Cards?
October 1, 2007 

Since this website extols the values of previous generations and the benefits derived from collecting baseball cards in the 1950s, 1960s and into the 1970s, you might think that I feel that kids today should follow this example and have better lives because of it.  That is not necessarily true.
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Best Topps Series of the Golden Age – 1956 or 1957?
November 1, 2007

The golden age of baseball cards began in the early fifties with the release of the Topps set for 1952.  Distributed in two parts, the cards represented the bulk of the players on the 16 major league teams at the time.  It was at this time that these color photos put baseball players into the hands of a growing number of kids who were experiencing baseball for the first time in their lives.
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A Tribute to Ron Santo
December 1, 2007

I will take some liberties in this submission to pay tribute to one of the most special players to ever wear a major league uniform, Ron Santo.  Since this platform is generally dedicated to baseball cards I will state that the majority of Ron Santo’s baseball cards are nothing special.  They do not capture the fire and intensity of the player and person.  That is a disappointment to me since Ron Santo has been a special person in my eyes since I was a youngster.
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