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Matthew Glidden
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Cards To See Before You Die, a.k.a. #BucketCards
I tweet about baseball as @Number5TypeCard and, every so often, I post photos of my #BucketCards, specific cardboard that's worth an extra look. Here's my latest, a 1930 minor league 8"x10" premium of "Specs" Toporcer. Cards To See Before You Die: 1930 Roch...
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Five Whys: 'Selected By The Youth Of America!'
This post follows my  History of Topps According to 2016 Anthology , where Topps played loosey goosey with its legacy, nudging a collectors-first story to the forefront and their competitive business decisions to the back. Here's that blurb in full. Notice ...
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One for Five : The History of Topps According to 2016 Anthology
Today post follows the spirit of a pair of posts from spring 2016 and give you a head-start on the evolving business of 1950s Topps baseball sets. Feel free to check those out first. How and Why Topps Created the All-Star Set Comparing the Rookie Stars of 1...
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1946-49 W603 Sports Exchange Baseball series #5, Charlie Grimm and Billy Southworth
Back at the end of WWII, the closure of wartime industry meant the return of resources key to the making of baseball cards: paper for cards and plastic for gum. While the better-known Bowman and Topps didn't issue baseball sets until 1948, an interesting pu...
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Top Five Bowman Vintage Sets
Back before my dad's time, one Philadelphia company served as America's premiere gum card maker, creating a multitude of sets spanning the WWII era. Sport sets included baseball, football, and basketball. Non-sports included pop culture, war machines, and l...
Top Five Bowman Vintage Sets
Top Five Bowman Vintage Sets
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Getting Joe DiMaggio into pinstripes
Back in 2013, on the occasion of  Joe Dimaggio's 99th birthday , I looked at the "rookie" cards stemming from his November 1934 trade and move from San Francisco's Seals to the Yankees. Those of a certain age will remember the hobby once considered 1938 Gou...
Getting Joe DiMaggio into pinstripes
Getting Joe DiMaggio into pinstripes
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1949 Sommer & Kaufmann PCL Baseball #5, Al Lien
A decade-plus into my type collection, subsets of it are close to complete, if challenging to close out entirely. I'm almost done with 1940-49, made closer still by this latest Pacific Coast League pickup. With Al Lien's card in my pocket, I'm done with 194...
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2017 Post-National Dollar Box Giveaway
Following my luck with dollar boxes during the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, I'm trying a new kind of blog giveaway. If you guess it, you get it. Lots of interesting stuff shows up in show bargain boxes and I gravitate to the HOFers...
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2017 National Sports Collectors Convention recap
2017 set my new high water mark for hours on the National floor. Most years, I duck out for city sights at least one day, even at shows in Atlantic City. I skipped that tradition this year, as my "Chicago brother" moved west to Seattle earlier this year and...
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1948 Sommer & Kaufmann San Francisco Seals Baseball #5, Kenneth Gables
"Regional issues" remain an interesting, and often elusive, aspect of type collecting. Most often, regional sets start with a local business trying to expand in their market. They'd license some photos of the local players, print a modest number of sets, an...
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