Tony Gwynn Rookie Cards: The Ultimate Collector’s Guide

Tony GwynnTony Gwynn rookie cards are some of the most important and highly collected baseball cards from the early 1980’s.

You may be surprised at just how valuable they can be…

After all, they were printed during an era when the card companies flooded the market and notoriously drove down values.

But in top condition they can still go for hundreds of dollars.

As a kid I collected Tony Gwynn cards and had an entire section of my three-ring binder devoted to him. He was one of my favorites and I could only dream of hitting like he could.

I still remember that 1994 season when he finished with an incredible .394 batting average…man he could hit!

But I never did quite get a hold of any of his rookie cards…

To this day I still think they are great cards.

In this guide I go over everything you need to know about collecting Gwynn’s rookie cards.

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Joe Namath Rookie Cards: The Ultimate Collector’s Guide

Joe NamathThe 1965 Topps Joe Namath rookie card is quite possibly the face of the entire football card hobby.

The card has it all:

A tall, unorthodox design.

Bright yellow background.

And the perfect image of a young Namath clutching the ball, ready to break down an opposing defense.

Add to that Namath’s incredible popularity as one of the game’s biggest legends and it’s easy to see why collectors go crazy for this card.

Demand and prices remain incredibly strong, placing the card high on the list of the hobby’s most valuable football cards.

In this guide we’ll go over everything you need to know if you’re considering to add a Namath rookie card to your collection.

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Nolan Ryan Rookie Cards: The Ultimate Collector’s Guide

Nolan Ryan pitching for California AngelsIf you were going to try and crown one baseball card as the king of the 1960’s would you pick the 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card?

It’s a tough debate…

There are several great ones:

The 1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski rookie.

The 1967 Topps Tom Seaver rookie.

The 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson rookie.

Heck, even the 1962 Topps Roger Maris, 1969 Topps Mickey Mantle White Letter Variation and countless regional/oddball issues like the 1968 Topps 3D Roberto Clemente have held up well over the years.

But none of those compare to the 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie and 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie.

And between those two, I’d say it’s very close but eventually I’d have to crown the 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie as the best and most important card of the 1960’s.

That said, the 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie is an incredible card and one of the hobby’s most valuable baseball cards.

And to make things even more challenging, there are three other versions of his rookie card printed separately for collectors to chase.

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22 Magic Johnson Basketball Cards You Need To Own

Magic JohnsonFor anyone who collects Magic Johnson basketball cards, you know one thing’s for sure:

His cards are as sharp-looking as his legendary dazzling passes.

Ervin “Magic” Johnson was one of the most prolific passers the game has ever seen ranking number five on the all-time NBA assists list. But let’s be honest, no one’s passes were as exciting and entertaining as his.

The leader of the infamous “Showtime” Lakers of the ’80s and early ’90s, Johnson played the game with a passion that you rarely see today.

For that reason, his cards are still popular among collectors today.

Appearing on Topps, Hoops, Fleer, Skybox and Upper Deck issues over the years, there are several key Magic Johnson cards that any serious collector should own.

Here is a list of his top cards that you should consider for your collection.

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Ernie Banks Baseball Cards: The Ultimate Collector’s Guide

Ernie BanksFor Cubs fans and collectors, it doesn’t get much better than owning Ernie Banks baseball cards.

He was the greatest baseball player to ever wear a Cubs uniform.

His was the first number the Cubs ever retired.

He was “Mr. Cub”.

Because of his popularity with Cubs fans and his legendary status as one of the game’s true greats, Ernie Banks cards are some of the most popular in the hobby.

Below you’ll find a list of the key Banks cards that you’ll want to add to your collection. Enjoy!

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Best Baseball Blogs For Every Team In The Big Leagues

Best Baseball BlogsIf you’re a serious baseball fan then this guide to the best baseball blogs is for you.

Staying up-to-date on your favorite team is crucial to enjoying the season. 

And sure, you can read about your team on any number of major sports sites but I’m telling you there’s a better option:

Try following blogs written by the fans and local writers themselves!

Nowhere else will you get to witness the same passion that you have for your team than directly from other fans and writers. And these blogs give you exactly that: perspective, opinions and open discussion from fans just like you. 

This is a comprehensive list of the best blogs for each team in the Major Leagues.

To get started, simply click on your team’s name in the menu below to be taken directly to that team’s blog section. Have fun!

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40 Most Valuable Football Cards: The All Time Dream List

The most valuable football cards in the hobby can easily fetch upper five and six figure price levels.

Collectors simply go crazy over some of these cards.

Scarcity and fierce auction bidding competition can keep hobbyists searching for years.

Most Valuable Football Cards From The 1930's to the 1990's

If you're lucky enough to own one or more cards on this list then you've got something special.

While not as valuable in general as baseball cards, there's no question that collectors are willing to pay big bucks to get their hands on the cards on this list.

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John Elway Rookie Cards: The Ultimate Collector’s Guide

1984 Topps #63 John Elway Rookie CardGrowing up as a kid in Indiana in the late 80’s, I remember the 1984 Topps John Elway rookie card wasn’t too popular in the area.

Fans were still ticked off that he’d dodged Indy to play for the Denver Broncos.

But Elway went on to an amazing career in Denver anyway.

And nowadays his rookie card is extremely popular with collectors everywhere. Nine Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls goes a long way in boosting your popularity.

Elway’s rookie is not one of the most valuable football cards but it is a key to the 1984 Topps set and one of the most popular football cards in the hobby.

That said, here is a comprehensive guide that covers the key things you should know before you buy.
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Mickey Mantle Rookie Cards: The Ultimate Collector’s Guide

Mickey Mantle rookie yearThere is a common misconception in the baseball card hobby about the Mickey Mantle rookie card…

Usually it’s his iconic 1952 Topps card that comes to mind.

But the 1951 Bowman is actually his official rookie card, albeit less popular and less valuable than its 1952 Topps counterpart.

Make no mistake, collectors go crazy for both cards. No doubt about it.

So much so that both are ranked high on the list of the most valuable baseball cards in the hobby.

For that reason I’m going to talk about both of them. But it’s important to understand the key differences between the two.

This guide takes an in-depth look at each card to give you the details about what to know when hunting for a Mickey Mantle rookie.

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24 Best Roberto Clemente Baseball Cards: The Ultimate Collectors Guide

Roberto ClementeThose in the market for Roberto Clemente baseball cards know one thing is for certain:

they aren’t cheap.

He was one of the most productive players on the field. But, he was also extremely selfless and giving off the field. So much so that an award is given each year to the player who best exemplifies Clemente’s character.

That reputation allowed him to win the hearts of many fans. And that puts his baseball cards in very high demand.

In this guide we’ll take a crack at breaking down everything you need to know about Roberto Clemente cards.

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