A Swing Through Golf Card History: Exploring the 1981 and 1982 Donruss Golf Sets

The 1981 Donruss golf set holds a special place in the hearts of collectors as the first series of cards officially licensed by the PGA that was available to most fans. Donruss followed up that inaugural release with another set in 1982. However, both the 1981 and 1982 sets faced a common challenge – the … Read more

Cracking the Code: How to Decipher Vintage Topps Case Stamps

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a few tweets and an update in Newsletter #29, highlighting some cool empty cases that Collect Auctions sold in their March 2023 Spring Auction. The Topps Archives, an extraordinary hobby blog, also featured some of these cases in a pair of articles titled “Shipping Out” and “Highly Anticipated.” … Read more

Topps File Sets Part 4: Exploring Individually Slabbed Vault Copies of Topps Baseball, Football, and Hockey Cards

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of the Topps File Set series. In the previous articles, I explored the history of Topps’ file sets, delved into notable resales of the albums, and shared some of the file copy binder pages that Topps authenticated and sold to collectors. Now, I’ll focus on individually graded Topps … Read more

Topps File Sets Part 1: The 1989 Guernsey’s Topps Auction

Topps files are a treasure trove for collectors and enthusiasts of baseball, hockey, basketball, and football cards. The files represent the sole collection of every series of cards that Topps preserved for its internal archives, usually with two card sets affixed to pages post-production to display the front and back of each card. In August … Read more

Discover Your Love For Vintage Sports Card Checklists: Checklist Central Is Here

I launched the 1952 Topps Baseball Type Photos and Crossovers project the other week. Well, I have another long-term documentation effort to share today; Checklist Central! A comprehensive resource dedicated to providing collectors with all the information they need to dive deeper into the world of vintage sports card checklists. Checklist Central is divided into … Read more

Comparing Collectibles: A Look at 1960 Topps, O-Pee-Chee, and Venezuelan Tattoos

In 1960, Topps introduced a unique non-card baseball collectible by wrapping tattoos around bubble gum. Their Canadian partner, O-Pee-Chee, also released these tattoos. However, it wasn’t until around 2013 that the larger collecting community discovered that Topps also released a version of these tattoos in Venezuela. This article will give a brief history of Topps’ … Read more

The 10 Items from the Topps Vault VIP Exclusive Auction Held at the 2011 National in Chicago

Back in 2011, at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, IL, Topps held an auction exclusively for VIP ticket holders on Wednesday, August 3, at 2:30 PM. It featured “10 magnificent TOPPS items direct from the Vault!” In this article, I’ll share the paragraphs describing the lots exactly as Topps advertised them on the … Read more

Everything We Know About the 1977 Topps Star Wars #207 C-3PO Anthony Daniels Error Card

The 1977 Topps Star Wars #207 C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) Error card is probably the second most infamous card in the hobby (next to the 1989 Fleer Bill Ripken FF Error). But Topps felt the card was a bit too inappropriate and airbrushed the “appendage” out in a later printing of the green-bordered 4th series set. … Read more

Why I Collect Old Sports Card Catalogs, Guides, and Magazines

In my “This Month on PostWarCards – April 2022” article, I had written that I had picked up a few older hobby catalogs. In sharing the pickups on Twitter, I found that old catalogs are pretty popular among collectors. In this article, I thought I would share a few more reasons why I’m into collecting … Read more