1992 Score The Franchise Autograph Cards – Musial, Mantle, and Yastrzemski

In their 1992 Series 1 baseball release, Score included Joe DiMaggio’s autograph chase cards. However, it was in Series 2 that Score released The Franchise cards, which would set the standard for certified autograph trading cards. Although The Franchise cards included three individual autographed cards featuring Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, and Carl Yastrzemski, which were … Read more

Kit Young’s Advertisements for Stan-The-Man’s Official 1964 Rack-Um-Up Bat Rack

I always found it interesting that Stan Musial wasn’t signed with Topps or Bowman from 1954 through 1957. James N. Giglio wrote that Musial refused to sign due to “insufficient compensation.” I later learned that Musial had some other business partnerships (for example, with Rawlings) and was showcasing a bit of business acumen, but I … Read more

Trading Labels for Legends: How the 1954 Red Heart Baseball Set Was Advertised and Distributed

Back in the 1950s, collecting baseball cards was all the rage with kids, and companies saw this as a perfect opportunity to promote their products, including the Red Heart Dog Food Co. They released a series of 33 stunning post-war baseball cards in 1954 featuring some of the biggest names in the game, spread across … Read more

Ranking The Last Card of 13 Post-War Baseball Legends

A lot of collectors focus on rookie cards and superstar cards from key sets like 1952 Topps. One thing collectors tend to overlook is the last card of a player’s career. What’s cool about the last cards is that they usually present a player’s full career statistics and summarize their entire career. Using the final … Read more