Earlier this month, I picked up a pair of older hobby catalogs; one is the 2003 Standard Catalog of Basketball Cards, and the other is the 2006 Standard Catalog of Football Cards.
For around $10, I picked up excellent references to aid me in researching sets for the oddball archive and the blog. I shared the pickups on Twitter, and it turns out old catalogs are pretty popular amongst collectors for various reasons. One collector shared the 1990 Price Guide to Football Cards, and he mentioned he uses it as a physical checklist when looking through boxes at shows. He also shared the Racing Collectibles and Die-Cast Price Guide as a reference that helped him develop a YouTube Video.
Two other collectors shared the pair of Beckett Baseball Card Price Guides and The Sport Americana Baseball Card Price Guide pictured below.
It’s common to hear collectors mention that they aren’t looking for card information for sets made later than the years these catalogs were published. Plus, pricing information is obsolete the moment most catalogs are published. If you collect or use older catalogs in unique ways, let me know how in the comments or over on Twitter.
In terms of my work on PostWarCards.com, it was a pretty exciting month with nine articles on the blog, seven new sets added to the unopened archive, and seven new sets on the oddball archive; I’ve linked them all below.
Articles Published in March
Here are the nine articles I published on the blog this month.
- A Deeper Dive into the 1969 Topps Baseball Blue Cello Packs and Boxes
- Why Topps Made Two Base Cards for George Blanda in 1975
- The Only Topps Basketball Release to Feature the San Diego Sails
- 10 Incredible Post War Babe Ruth Baseball Cards
- The Awesome 1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson Rookie Card
- Are the 1957 Topps Football Twin Blony and Bazooka Checklists the Set’s True Gems?
- Star Card Placement in Topps Baseball Rack packs Between 1975 and 1982
- The NBA Hall of Famer Who Pitched for the Chicago White Sox
- The Topps Mickey Mantle Cards We Didn’t Get
The Unopened Archive
Here are the seven sets I added to the Unopened Archive in March:
The Oddball Archive
Here are the seven sets I added to the Oddball Archive in March:
- 1948 R346 Blue Tint
- 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers Schedule Cards
- 1962 Tang Team Photos
- 1982 Red Lobster Chicago Cubs
- 1989 Topps Cap’n Crunch
- 1989 Topps Hills Team MVP’s
- 1995 Taco Bell Dallas Mavericks
Be sure to check out my Twitter feed Friday mornings for a weekly thread sharing some of the best writing in the hobby.
Thanks for reading PostWarCards; if there is ever a topic you’d like me to write about or a set you’d like me to prioritize for either archive, please reach out to me.