Although it doesn’t carry the same popularity as it once did, 1983 Topps Traded Baseball remains one of the most recognizable sets of the 1980s. The first cards of Darryl Strawberry and Julio Franco are the best in the set.
Boasting one of the decade’s most iconic cards in Cal Ripken Jr, 1982 Topps Traded Baseball marks the second straight year of the late-season box set.
For Rick Klein, Friday brought some highs and frustrations at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention. Find out about his adventures and collecting triumphs.
We count down football’s 10 best rookie cards from the 1980s. Includes analysis, images and links to purchase.
One collector is going to hit the big-time with 2012 Topps Football — literally. Get details on a 35-autograph card that is a last-second addition to the flagship football set.
Here is the ultimate reference for every Mike Trout autograph card released between 2009 and 2012. Includes a full checklist, parallel info, tons of images and buying guide.
Boasting a 792-card checklist for the first time, 1982 Topps Baseball is most notable for the Cal Ripken Jr. rookie card. Other rookies include Lee Smith, Dave Stewart and Kent Hrbek.
Rick Klein goes to Baltimore to tackle the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention. Get his view of the show for Thursday, August 2nd as he gets lost in quarter boxes, ogles at the Black Swamp Find and eats some really old gum.
Continuing while the Force was still hot, 1977 Topps Stars Wars Series 2 is notable for its red borders. Numbering continues from where the first series left off, adding another 66 base cards and 11 stickers to the checklist.
With competition from Topps for the first time, 1954-55 Parkhurst Hockey features lots of colorful action images and a 100-card checklist. The key rookie in the set is legendary goaltender, Johnny Bower.
1933-34 V252 Canadian Gum Hockey was one of the sport’s first sets to come with gum. The set also had a game component that left many cards with cut bottoms. Key players include Howie Morenz and Charlie Conacher.
Mario Lemieux and Al MacInnis rookie cards lead a stacked 1985-86 O-Pee-Chee Hockey checklist. Over the years, the strong lineup and clean design have made it one of the best sports card sets of the 1980s.
It’s patches, not ink, that headline the initial sales of 2011-12 Panini Gold Standard Basketball. Bullion Brand logo patches are particularly hot as we tally the set’s top 10 early eBay sales.
2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One brings the popular series to trading cards for the first time. Boasting two autographs per box, signers include Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Sean Bean and Emilia Clarke.
1981 Topps Traded Baseball launched a big change in the hobby. The first late-season box set, it captures key players on their new teams and gives rookies their first solo cards.
The most decorated athlete in Olympics history, we present our list of the top 10 Michael Phelps cards.
1924 V145-2 Hockey features many of the game’s top stars at the time. Included on the checklist are the likes of Georges Vezina, Howie Morenz and King Clancy. The greenish tint on card fronts help differentiate them from V145-1 cards.
Running about a dollar a pack, 2012 Triple Play Baseball offers a broad mix of interactive and informative cards. Intended for collectors of all ages, base cards come with cartoon-style artwork instead of traditional photography.