• Beer Money and Babe Ruth: Why the Yankees Triumphed During Prohibition Baseball season is upon us, so naturally our thoughts turn to beer. Yes beer, the social lubricant that transforms even the most taciturn fans into long-lost brothers and sisters—when it isn’t serving as the catalyst for countless post-game brawls in countless parking lots and bars. “Ruth responded to the writer's hyperbole by swatting a three-run homer.” We all have our beer-and-baseball stor…
  • Boston vs New York: Appraiser Leila Dunbar Talks Sports Memorabilia and Rivalries When I was about 10 years old, my dad started collecting antique toys, advertising posters, signs, folk art, and pottery. Soon after, we did Brimfield together, this huge outdoor antique show in Massachusetts that today covers 18 fields and runs for 10 days. Back then it was held on one field over two days. Before the sun came up, we would drive our van out to Route 20 and just park on the side of…
  • How To Build a Killer Baseball Collection: Scouting the Minors With Dave Bloomer Like most people my age, when I was growing up, baseball memorabilia meant baseball cards. The great thing about baseball cards at that time was that there was only one company, Topps, so not only could you collect, you also stood a good chance of getting all the cards that were available. Most people who have collections want to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. So, as an 8-ye…
  • George Steinbrenner, the Ultimate Yankees Collector You and I may consider ourselves baseball collectors, but we will never reach the level of George Steinbrenner, the longtime owner of the New York Yankees, who passed away today at the age of 80 at his home in Tampa, Florida. I am not suggesting that “The Boss,” as he was affectionately known, was sitting on a goldmine of old Yankee artifacts, although you have to assume he had a few prize piec…
  • The Secrets of Collecting Baseball, From Cards to Signed Bats and Balls I played baseball, basketball, and ran track from the time I was eight years old all the way through high school. Like the other kids in my neighborhood, I also grew up collecting baseball cards. I’d get an extra 5 cents and run down to the liquor store to buy packs of 25 or 30. Unfortunately, my mother threw out my cards before I was even in high school. That’s what makes baseball cards so valuab…
  • Hitting a Home Run with Baseball Cards I started collecting in 1986. If you’re in Boston and you’re a baseball fan, the Red Sox may take over your life. They take over your life in a way that other teams don’t. With the Red Sox, I was so used to everything being terrible. They’d get your hopes up and then they crush your will to live. So collecting cards grew from that appreciation. It became an easy way for me to harness OCD and my lo…
  • Now Batting, National Baseball Hall of Fame Curator Tom Shieber The Baseball Hall of Fame officially opened in 1939, so we’re coming up on our 70th anniversary. If you include baseball cards, we have hundreds of thousands of artifacts. We have almost any artifact you can imagine and many more that you couldn’t imagine that help tell the story of the history of baseball and its importance in American culture. Baseball evolved from other sports. There’s no in…
  • 19th-Century Tobacco Cards Dave Campbell contacted me after reading a post on The Baseball Card blog. He's been collecting baseball cards non-stop since 1981. He has recently created a collection of 19th century Allen & Ginter cards. I talked with him at length about how he got interested in these cards and what it took to assemble the collection. : What prompted you to begin collecting 1880's Allen & Ginter card…