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1. 2010 Baseball Card Price Guide
2. Sport American Baseball Card Price
3. The Sport Americana Price Guide
4. Instant Expert: Collecting Baseball
5. Card Sharks: How Upper Deck Turned
6. Rehabilitation Techniques for
7. Beckett Baseball Card Price Guide
8. The Sport Americana Baseball Card
9. Minor League Baseball Card Price
10. Beckett Official Price Guide to
11. Collectible Playing Cards (Collectibles)
12. Beckett Baseball Card Price Guide
13. Beckett Hockey Card Price Guide:
14. The Card: Collectors, Con Men,
15. Topps football cards: The complete
16. The Great American Baseball Card
17. The Sport Americana Team Football
18. 2008 Baseball Card Price Guide
19. Baseball Cards: Catalog and Price
20. Yoga Pretzels (Yoga Cards)

1. 2010 Baseball Card Price Guide
by Joe Clemens
Paperback: 1376 Pages (2010-05-11)
list price: US$22.99 -- used & new: US$11.08
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Asin: 1440213364
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars 2010 Baseball Card Price Guide
This book appears to be very well organized and complete.However, the print is so small, I have to use a magnifying glass.I would think even for a person with perfect sight, the print is ridiculously small. ... Read more

2. Sport American Baseball Card Price Guide #9 (Sport Americana Baseball Card Price Guide)
by Jim Beckett
 Paperback: Pages (1987-04)
list price: US$12.95 -- used & new: US$94.90
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Asin: 0937424331
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3. The Sport Americana Price Guide to the Non-Sports Cards/Number Four
by Christopher Benjamin
 Paperback: Pages (1992-07)
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Asin: 0937424579
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars non sportscard book
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4. Instant Expert: Collecting Baseball and Other Sports Cards (Instant Expert (Random House))
by James Beckett
Paperback: 176 Pages (2007-02-13)
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Asin: 0375720944
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America’s #1 sports card authority, Dr. James Beckett, presents an easy-to-use guide to building, buying, and selling collections of baseball, football, basketball, and other sports cards.

Card collectors will find:

•Expert advice on buying and selling techniques
•Resources for buying at auctions, through mail order, and online
•A history of sports cards
•Analysis of market trends
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5. Card Sharks: How Upper Deck Turned a Child's Hobby into a High-Stakes, Billion-Dollar Business
by Pete Williams
Hardcover: 288 Pages (1995-05)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$23.84
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Asin: 0026290618
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The sports memorabilia columnist for Baseball Weekly reveals the aggressive tactics used by manufacturers to beat the competition and the role played by baseball's executives in making the industry a billion-dollar business. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Baseball Cards, Autographs and the Shrewd Marketing of Pop Culture
The back-stage temper tantrum of Mickey Mantle speaks volumes on what has become a multi-billion-dollar industry in baseball cards and sports memorabilia.

Author Pete Williams shows an angry and bitter Mantle after a 1993 appearance on a national home shopping program that was in conjunction with the MLB All-Star Game festivities put on by Upper Deck - railing about the the host's questions, which may not have helped in pushing his autographed merchandise - and attempting to negotiate the following weekend's appearances for the company into being considered as two events, which will make the Yankee legend closer to accumulating enough dates in the year for his nearly $3 million salary to sign autographs on "exclusive" memorabilia.

From the days when baseball cards were used as inserts to secure the packaging of tobacco products to the bubble-gum wars waged by Topps on other companies and a landmark judicial decision in 1980 that opened the doors wide open for a competitive marketplace in baseball card sets, Williams ambitiously covers the bases as he delves into the creation of Upper Deck, an idea from a frustrated card dealer who was tired of buying bogus memorabilia and an inventor who could add a unique identification tag to thwart counterfeiters.

While the story is initially driven by an entrepreneurial spirit born in the 1980s, neither of the founders are in the picture a few years later as the company profits explode as it becomes the high-end retailer in sports cards and collectibles through aggressive marketing and the securing of legends with exclusive and lucrative promotional contracts, along with the baggage from any number of controversies and allegations of unsavory business practices and fraud.

This is an incredible tale on how a kid's summer pastime became an industry monster that seemed so solid on the outside, but could pop at any time like a bubble blown too large from one small stick of gum. With the shrewd marketing of pop culture and the creation of a unique sports boutique based on its alleged rarity, Williams forges a classic story driven by the dreams of youth....and greed of adults.

2-0 out of 5 stars A lot of mud slinging.
I found the book to provide an interesting history on collecting from early times to present.After the history lesson is over, William's seems to spend an inordinate amount of time dwelling on the various misdeeds ofUpper Deck President Richie McWilliam.McWilliam has a very strong (andnegative) reputation that is well understood within the industry.Whyspend half a book telling everyone that he is dishonest, a liar and a cheatwhen it is already well understood?

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at the sports collectables industry
The "Barbarians at the Gate" of the baseball card industry.Fascinating, yet creepy, to see from the inside how a child's hobby has been exploited by sleazy characters.Will definitely turn you offcollecting new cards as an investment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written book that is a must reading for card collectors
I enjoyed this book very much. It has two themes: first, it shows how one company with the right idea and the right people behind it can revolutionize an entire industry, against all odds.Second, it tells usthat to succeed in today's competitive markets you have to elbow your wayin.While the allegations of wrongdoings by trading card companies seemlike unsubstantiated hearsay, the book does make you feel that you are onthe inside, witnessing how the real entrepreneurs do it.Very entertainingread.

3-0 out of 5 stars Well written book for the money
I feel any person who is in the hobby of collecting cards or thinking about getting in the hobby should read this book I found it interesting some of the aligations of conterfiting ones own cards interesting. Some people would be shocked to know why there cards have no value. ... Read more

6. Rehabilitation Techniques for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training with Laboratory Manual and eSims Password Card (Rehabilitation Techniques in Sports Medicine (Prentice Hall))
by William Prentice
Hardcover: 720 Pages (2005-01-19)
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Asin: 007320580X
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Designed for the athletic trainer and sports therapist, this is the definitive guide to the management of sports injuries. Experts from the field of sports medicine have contributed to this comprehensive, updated edition, which addresses all aspects of rehabilitation, including protocols for rehabilitating the wide variety of injuries athletes are prone to receive. Pros and con of various rehabilitative modalities are discussed, as well as currently accepted techniques. This text is recognized as a handbook for any practitioners who manage rehabilitation programs for injured athletes. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Terrible
The seller said the book was in good condition and when I recieved it that telling was far from true...The spine was loose and the cover was torn and terribly worn...Very dissapointing...

4-0 out of 5 stars Good
This book has helped me a lot with the rehabilitation aspect of Athletic Training, which is my major at school. Two of the grad assistance have it and loved it, so I decided to get the book! So far it has been the best move, I have learned new exercises to help with athlete's that I didn't know about prior to this book. The only downfall was I bought it used from someone whom claimed the book had "NO writing or Highlighting" inside and once I received the book it was filled with highlighting. If it doesn't bother you when other people have highlighted information that you might not want highlighted than go ahead and buy it used. If not than I really recommend buying it new, especially if you are in a physical therapy or sports medicine field. ... Read more

7. Beckett Baseball Card Price Guide 2008
Paperback: 800 Pages (2008-03)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$29.95
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Asin: 1930692684
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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[ ] EXPANSIVE. More than 290,000 prices listed!

[ ] COMPREHENSIVE. Complete listings from 1948 to 1997, featuring current market values for the following complete sets and individual cards *plus many, many more:










[ ] WRITTEN BY THE EXPERT DEALERS RELY ON! Dr. James Beckett is the leading authority on baseball card prices.

[ ] CLEAR IDENTIFICATION. Every baseball card is identified by year, manufacturer, size, format, and player.

[ ] VALUABLE TIPS. Professional advice on buying, selling, caring for, and storing your cards.

[ ] CARD COLLECTING HISTORY. All the facts you need to know, from the early days of baseball until today.

[ ] CONDITION GRADE PRICING. Beckett's state-of-the-art system for accurately identifying values based on grade and condition.

[ ] INVENTORY CHECKLIST. A great feature for quick and easy cataloging.


Serving collectors for more than thirty-five years

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Customer Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book for B Ball cards
Great book for those of us that want to know what our baseball cards are worth or not worth. Layout is easy to use only draw back is the print is very small due to the amount of information they stuffed into this book. Over all 5 stars must have for any card collector.

5-0 out of 5 stars BaseballBeckett card guide review
Excellent guide especially for the early TOPPS cards for greats such as Mickey Mantle, etc. Highly recommend this guide.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beckett Baseball Card review
My son and the neighbors boys have not stopped looking up the
value of their precious collectibles.It is easy to use. Some of their cards are worth 7 cents and some several hundred dollars.They are having a blast with it.My husband is enjoying it too.He is now lamenting losing one of his old Mickey Mantle cards.
I highly recommend it for your baseball card collectors, young or old.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very poorly designed book
I collected baseball cards in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a kid, mostly Topps.I re-opened my card collection in March 2008 after 35 years in the attic.The book doesn't doesn't have any logic or organization to it, and makes no sense.For example, if you're looking to price your Topps cards (as I suspect most people are), 1973, for example, you have to look under "1951 Topps Blue Backs" in the table of contents - bizarre.And good luck finding the table of contents sandwiched between more than 10 pages of advertisements.in the "How to Use this Book" section it starts "isn't this great" then continues, "every year this book gets better."Almost nothing on how to use the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars 2007 Beckett Baseball Price Guide
This is a good product for the collector or dealer that that is interested in mainstream issues and the more widely known limited distribution sets.However if your interests are more ecclectic and you like the more obscure and less traded or sold products....forget it. For those people I suggest Sports Collectors Digest Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards.This is equally true of Becketts Price Guides for Football and Basketball.In short if you stick with Topps and the other nationally distributed sets Beckett is OK.If you are looking for regional or otherwise limited production products your wasting your time; SCD is MY choice. ... Read more

8. The Sport Americana Baseball Card Price Guide
by Beckett; Eckes
Paperback: 442 Pages (1981)
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Asin: 0937424072
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3rd Edition of the best-selling book on America's Fastest Growing Hobby 8.5" x 5.5"; 444 pages ... Read more

9. Minor League Baseball Card Price Guide (Sports Collectors Digest)
by Mark K. Larson
 Paperback: 480 Pages (1993-04)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$11.69
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Asin: 0873412397
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10. Beckett Official Price Guide to Basketball Cards 2010, Edition #19
by Dr. James Beckett
Mass Market Paperback: 432 Pages (2009-11-10)
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Asin: 0375723285
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Written by the leading authority on sports card values, this fully-updated manual is the most trusted source for organizing and pricing basketball card collections. It includes:

•Over 50,0000 price listings for cards from 1948 to the present, with each card clearly identified by year, manufacturer, size, format, team and player
•More than 25 basketball card brands, including Bowman, E-X, Finest, Fleer, Hoops, Skybox, Stadium, Topps, Ultra, Upper Deck, and more
•Professional advice on acquiring, selling, grading, and storing cards
•Valuable coupons for Beckett merchandise and grading services ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars beckett 2010
i received this book today and disappointingly it was not what i was expecting.This book contains a lot of cards from all years as stated, the deceiving part that they don't tell you is that they are only pricing common cards and very very few jersey/auto cards.ONLY good if you are into collecting base sets from the products.I would highly recommend that you look inside the book before you buy it, there is a little link under the picture at the top of the page that allows you to do so. ... Read more

11. Collectible Playing Cards (Collectibles)
by Frederique Crestin-Billet
Paperback: 384 Pages (2003-05-02)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$10.26
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Asin: 2080111345
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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There are very few families who don't own at least one deck of cards. The hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds are a familiar sight to all of us. In fact, the use of playing cards has a rich history that dates back to the late 1300s. This volume features cards from all over the world; from the familiar format used for playing poker and bridge, to cards used by fortune tellers, to unique round packs from India. Showcasing over 400 different designs, Collectible Playing Cards takes the reader on a fascinating journey through history that spans the globe.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Greta Item
I'm a prop master for a local college here and this book is wonderful at helping me to re-create proper period playing cards for any and all stage and film productions. ... Read more

12. Beckett Baseball Card Price Guide 2009
by James Beckett
Paperback: 800 Pages (2009-03)
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Asin: 1930692773
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Price Guide without Labels on Its Columns
There are two columns of prices for each card, each column for a different condition card. At a bare minimum, the book should label its columns of prices. Nowhere in this book does it say what condition the left column of prices is for, nor does it come right out & say what the right column of prices is for. On p. 10 of the book, it states "Prices in this issue... generally mean(s) Near Mint-Mint condition for modern era cards." But which column are they referring to? And if one column is for M-NM, what condition does the other column represent? And they say it "generally means" something? What about the cases that don't fall under the "general" category? What does it mean then? I think in an 800 page book that costs $20, there must be room to spell it out so that everyone can clearly read "In this book, the right price column is for M-NM condition, & the left price column is for VG-EX condition." Which, by the way, I don't believe to be the case. In previous Beckett baseball price guides, the two columns were for different conditions, based on the year/rarity of the card. E.g., a 1909 card series wouldn't have a M-NM column; one column would be VG-EX & the other would be G or something like that. In this book, who knows what column is for what condition? It's clearly a very serious omission on their part. Also, what's a "modern era card"? I have to look that up somewhere & memorize it? Each card series should have price guidelines with headers, as in past editions. The reader should not have to do research just to find out what price condition is being viewed. And a price guide that doesn't tell you what it's price columns represent is a worthless book. ... Read more

13. Beckett Hockey Card Price Guide: 2011 Edition
by James Beckett
 Paperback: 648 Pages (2010-10)
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Asin: 1930692897
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14. The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History's Most Desired Baseball Card
by Michael O'keeffe, Teri Thompson
Paperback: 272 Pages (2008-06-01)
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Asin: B003H4RB4O
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Only a few dozen T206 Wagners are known to still exist, having been released in limited numbers just after the turn of the twentieth century. Most, with their creases and stains, look like they've been around for nearly one hundred years. But one—The Card—appears to have defied the travails of time. Its sharp corners and still-crisp portrait make it the single-most famous—and most desired—baseball card on the planet, valued today at more than two million dollars. It has transformed a simple hobby into a billion-dollar industry that is at times as lawless as the Wild West. Everything about The Card, which has made men wealthy as well as poisoned lifelong relationships, is fraught with controversy—from its uncertain origins to the nagging possibility that it might not be exactly as it seems.

In this intriguing, eye-opening, and groundbreaking look at a uniquely American obsession, award-winning investigative reporters Michael O'Keeffe and Teri Thompson follow The Card's trail from a Florida flea market to the hands of the world's most prominent collectors. The Card sheds a fascinating new light on a world of counterfeiters, con men, and the people who profit from what used to be a pastime for kids.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great story on card collecting, but...
It doesn't really go into the history of The Card (T206 Wagner) before 1985. That's a lot of missing years, and the story could have used more investigation. That being said, this book is a real fun read for people in the hobby. This book details the who's who in the field, and all their positive and negative contributions and personalities. Also, it introduces the reader to both the good and bad of so-called
"authentication services" that perform grading on cards.

Overall, it is an entertaining book that you will enjoy and learn from. I just wish more dirt digging was performed on the true history of the Wagner card.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Icon of American Material Culture
This book traces the story of the world's most valuable baseball card, the Honus Wagner psa 8 T206.The author did a commendable job of researching the story, and text is interesting, engaging, and has good flow.The author also offers very convincing evidence that this million dollar plus card was actually tampered with prior to being graded and "slabbed."This book is well worth reading for its information about the card, baseball card collecting in general, and Honus Wagner - the man.Every sports card collector should have a copy in their library.

4-0 out of 5 stars A breezy read on an intriguing mystery
The story of the world's most expensive baseball card, the T206 Honus Wagner PSA 8 NM-MT, isn't very complicated.Unearthed in 1985, it has changed owners a handful of times, netting each one a tidy profit.Its whereabouts for its first 75 years of existence are unknown.The reasons for its rarity have been speculated on, but are ultimately unknown.Whether the card has been trimmed somewhere along the way, a big no-no in the card collecting world and, if ever determined to be true, would permanently mar the hobby, is unknown.While O'Keeffe and Thompson perform an admirable job of attempting to answer these unknowns in The Card, the reader is ultimately left unfulfilled.

What the authors do accomplish, however, is the painting of a vivid picture of the high end of sports card and memorabilia collecting.From the eccentric personalities involved to the back-room dealings to the heinous manipulation of items considered by some to be national or historic treasures, The Card lays it all out in unflinching detail.The king of the hill is Bill Mastro, the uber-dealer whose involvement has touched just about every sale of the Wagner.Surrounding him are other prominent collectors and dealers, some on his side, others attempting to dethrone him.While the authors exhibit a bias in who is "good" and "evil" in this fight, astute readers will recognize universal themes in this battle and be able to make their own judgments on motives.Like the question of whether the Wagner has been trimmed, the heroes and villains in this story are not clear-cut.What is clear, however, is that what used to be a fun hobby for boys and men with a touch of OCD has become commoditized by skyrocketing prices.Along with this commoditization comes all of its associated evils:all-encompassing greed, hubris, the destruction of national treasures.Ultimately, this unfortunate revelation will be The Card's final legacy.

Written in a light journalistic style, The Card is easy leisure time reading and can be finished in a single sitting.While a bit erratic in detail -- the sections on Wagner's life as a player seem scant, while too much time is spent on the purported Wagner card owned by Ray Edwards and John Cobb -- the narration nonetheless flows easily from one topic to the next.Longtime hobbyists will probably find very little new information in The Card, though, and may even be distracted by easily quashable errors such as Alan Ray's assertion that the red printer's mark present when he owned the Wagner is now missing.However, this book was more than likely not written for hardcore collectors; its target audience being laymen with a passing interest in the hobby and its most expensive artifact.That being said, though, The Card does provide a decent aggregation of many of the tidbits of information on the Wagner that have been scattered amongst Internet message boards and whisper-filled back rooms.Advanced hobbyists may find it useful for that reason, although the lack of an index may at the same time hinder it.All in all, The Card is a decent book for card collectors' reference shelves, and as an exciting read for everyday folks.

4-0 out of 5 stars SO WHAT If It's Hand Cut?
First, let me say that this is, by far, the single greatest book ever written about the history of collecting.Even if you're not into cards, this book is a fast read which you absolutely will not be able to put down.

THAT BEING SAID, I strongly disagree with the very premise that a card which was hand-cut from a production sheet is somehow worthless.

THE Card is supposed to be "fake" or "worthless" because it has been "altered" or "trimmed".This is because it is designated PSA 8 NM-MT when PSA normally refuses to grade hand-cut cards.

In other words, PSA violates their own rules.I submit that it's not THE Card which is fake.It's PSA's RULES.They should get over their bias against hand-cut cards from production sheets and start grading them, the way they grade strip cards from the 1920's and 1930's.

99% of the vintage trading cards in existence were cut by machine at the factory.However, there were some cards which still existed as uncut sheets when collectors started getting into old cardboard back in the 1970's and 1980's.

Some cards were distributed to the public as uncut sheets only.This was mostly in the 1920's through the 1940's.These cards are called "strip cards".You can see examples if you search eBay for "w551".Once in a while, you'll even see an intact uncut sheet from the 1920's in collector's circles.

PSA will grade a strip card which was hand cut, no problem.If the margins are fully intact, they'll give it a numeric grade.If the card has been cut into the margins, they'll give it the dreaded "authentic".Either way, PSA provides a valuable service by doing so.Either way, a strip card is not considered to be a "Fake" or "Altered" in any way.

What PSA refuses to do is this:let's say a card like a T206 or 1933 Goudey was distributed to the public in machine-cut form.If you happen to run across an uncut sheet of those cards and cut them out of the sheet, no matter how neatly, no matter how perfectly, PSA will refuse to grade your card.

Well, I'm sorry, but that's just wrong.I've seen some absolutely beautiful hand-cut cards in my time.The cards are just as old, just as rare, just as desirable.The pictures are the same.They came off the same printing press.They are REAL, genuine, authentic, historically significant, and any true collector should be proud to own one.

A good example is the 1944 American Beauties trading card set.This was a non-sports series of World War II pin-up cards by famed artist Gil Elvgren.Most were distributed in packs of 12 cards.There were only 24 cards in the set, so each pack contained 1/2 the set.

HOWEVER, they were also distributed as strips of 6.You'll sometimes run across uncut sheets on the internet, and you'll sometimes run across neatly hand-trimmed examples of the cards.Genuine cards.From 1944.Identical in every respect to the cards from the packs, except for the trimming.

Submit one of these cards to PSA, and they'll return the card.Mind you, they keep the $15 or $25 grading fee.But your card will be treated with about the same amount of respect usually reserved for those who murder puppies.

In my opinion, that's just wrong.PSA makes the rules and PSA enforces the rules.The author of this book makes a compelling case that the most famous baseball card in the world was hand-cut from a production sheet.And he says it's "artificial" because that violates PSA's rules.The card isn't artificial.The RULES are artificial.So change the rules.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deal or No Deal
A person may have never collected one baseball card, but the T206 Wagner transcends that industry. And with any item worth millions of dollars, the pop culture publicity surrounding it has been a curse and a blessing.

Authors Michael O'Keeffe and Teri Thompson take the reader on a wild ride of the history of the Honus Wagner tobacco card through the fiction that has oftentimes shuffled the facts to the clubhouse and the legacy of "The Card," the ultimate T206 that is worth at least $2 million.

From cards as fake as the slimy smiles of a con-man to the high-stakes game in the art of the deal to obtain the ultimate collectible, the story is a home run that is hammered out of the stadium.

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15. Topps football cards: The complete picture collection : a history, 1956-1986
by Jack Clary
Hardcover: 350 Pages (1986)
list price: US$59.95 -- used & new: US$150.00
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Asin: 0446513369
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars ToppsFootball Cards: The complete picture collection: a history, 1956-1986
This book provides a card sized photo(in color) of each Topps football card made during the 1956-1986 time period.The book also provides statistics for each player at the back of the book.This is a nice table book, and item for conversation, and an excellent book for those who were young when these players were part of the NFL.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
If you are a football fan or card collector this book is for you. Many beautiful pictures of cards of the past. When they played for the love of the game and worked in the off season for money.

2-0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE
Terrific book. I collected football cards during my childhood into adulthood. Unfortunately, my extensive football card collection was entirely damaged beyond repair a few years ago. Replacing them is an impossibility for me due to today's staggering costs for vintage cards. This book is the complete pictoral collection of Topps football cards, stats included, from 1949 to 1985. I virtually have most of my collection back, thanks to this book. Topps, I can't thank you enough for publishing it. I hope other card companies will follow suit. ... Read more

16. The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book
by Fred C. Harris, Brendan C. Boyd
Paperback: 144 Pages (1991-04-08)
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Asin: 0395586682
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars What Spinal Tap was to rock'n'roll.....
.....this book is to baseball and baseball cards. Nothing to do? Ballgame rained out? Friends out of town? Start reading this book. It doesn't matter if you haven't heard of any of the players profiled - if you love baseball and all of its attendant baggage, fallacies, and foibles, you will enjoy this book. It perfectly captures that almost forgotten age when baseball cards were more valuable to young boys than, well, just about anything on the planet.

Classic? Controversial? This book became almost NOTORIOUS in its day - something you would almost have to sneak off and read away from parental supervision. While downright tame by today's cut-and-run journalistic standards, the purple prose contained within could only have been dreamed up by a collaboration between HL Mencken, Don Rickles, and Jim Bouton (referred to as a "big mouth" on page 100 - talk about the pot calling the kettle black). The authors do show respect and admiration for some of their personal favorites, but otherwise it's open season on the pious reverence that made up the bulk of sportswriting well into the late 1970s. Without this book, the anger of Bill "If you don't agree with me, you're an idiot and I have the numbers to prove it" James would never have been possible. If, however, you consider two guys who never played professionally having a few laughs at the expense of third-string catchers to be evil and mean-spirited, you might want to pass this one up.

Even though the title of this book is The Great Amercian Baseball Card Flipping, Trading, and Bubble Gum Book, the cards themselves (mostly Topps, all from the 1950s-60s) serve mostly as illustrations of the players being profiled. There is a perfunctory visit to the Topps factory, and occasionally there is a discussion of design or photography, but otherwise that's it. Before the wheeler-dealer, mini-mogul age (1982-92) when baseball cards became "investments" and part of "portfolios", this was a child's only close and personal insight into the players themselves. There was no 24/7/365 media and statistical saturation that there is today, so it didn't matter whether the cards were of bench-warmers or superstars. They became ICONIC and were better than money, regardless of how ugly or attractive they looked. If you ever wanted to know what the players or stadiums of the 1950s looked like, you couldn't find a better place to start than the beautiful 1952 or 1957 Topps sets. On the other hand, it would take a great effort to come up with more hideous designs than the 1958 or 1964 Topps sets. Then there is the photography: even a great design can't save a close-up shot of a capless player with a crewcut, of which there were all too many during the 1950s-60s (thanks to a heavy crossover between sports and military). Yet all of these cards were intentionally treasured by their grade-school-age consumers for the simple reason of being an "offical" card of a major league baseball player. What could be cooler? My own age-group had the ultimate eyesore set, 1975 Topps (released 2 years after this book), and we couldn't care less how ugly they looked.

As far as the player profiles go, it is at this time that I must point out three major errors: 1) Charlie Smith's profile (page 38) informs us that he was traded for "Roger Maris in 1966, only 2 years after he had broken Babe Ruth's homerun record". Maris broke the record in 1961, over 5 years before the trade on December 8, 1966. 2) Stu Miller's profile (page 59) mentions a game between the Angels and the Red Sox in July 1959. The Angels did not begin major league play until 1961. 3) Sandy Amoros' profile (page 84) reads that he "helped anchor the numerous Dodger pennant winners of the 50s and early 60s". Amoros only appeared in as many as 100 games in 3 seasons, only appeared in 12 games in 3 World Series, and finished his career in 1960 with the Detroit Tigers. Maybe that last one is a little bit nit-picky, but if you're going to be snarky, at least get your facts right!

For the statistically minded, the 1952, 1958, and 1963 Topps sets are pictured the most, while the 1953, 1966, 1967, and 1968 Topps sets are pictured the least. Two lines from the final profile sum up this book best: "Some things are just funny in and of themselves. They require little or no explanation, and are in fact most often beyond analysis." Yes, this book is a prototype for literary snarkiness. Yes, there is an immense quantity of childhood nostalgia. And yes, some of the self-congratulating humor falls flat, but for the most part, this book is outrageous fun and is recommended for those who love (not worship) baseball and are not too easily offended. The real mystery remains: whatever happened to the authors after their 15 minutes of fame writing this book? They dedicated their efforts to their wives (awww, how sweet), who must have been extremely tolerant of the amount of beer consumed during its composition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Whammy Douglas
I've had this book for many years and often refer to it every summer.It always brings an "out loud" laugh, even in an empty room.In fact, I've purchased roughly 12 of the cards of the long-forgotten obscure players that are in the book.Find them on eBay.Whammy Douglas must be my next purchase!

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem for the baseball fan with a sense of humor!
I remember getting this book when it first came out in the mid-70s and absolutely loving it. I still have it, somewhat warped and yellowed, and I occasionally still open it to a random page, knowing that I will be smiling when I put it down (and that I can't possibly stop after one page)! If you are a baseball fan, have a sense of humor, and especially, of course, if you collected baseball cards during the "golden days" of "real" (issued one series at a time, not readily available as complete sets) Topps cards anytime in the interval from their beginning through 1973, I've got to believe you would love it, too. I am a bit younger than the authors, and so most of the cards and players I was already familiar with were more recent than many of their examples from the 50s, but oh, such great stories and such witty humor! If you can find this used somewhere, it is really worth the hunt. :->

5-0 out of 5 stars caramba! no reviews?!? a sin - one of the best books ever!
how did this greatest of all books slip into obscurity?

so much more than a baseball book: "terrific - its all here, the real america," boston globe; a new york times "notable book of the year," etc.

this is a book that grows on one over the decades, and most fans of the book have memorized vast stretches of its text. more importantly, it is a way of looking at american culture, and life, that should be an example to the rest of the country, and the world.

the authors, once booksellers in cambridge (where are they now?) have a wise, insightful take on the things that really matter, and have mastered the essence of baseball as it once was; the "happy, golden days" of america in the fifties; and, just as germaine, "where did it all go?"

as the NY times said, "this is an easy book to pick up - and a difficult one to put down."

for anyone who loves fantastic writing with a BONE dry wit and social commentary that is right in the pocket.

(this review is by a former book professional who has read tens of thousands of books over the years, and eagerly re-reads this one several times a year.)

"an absolute hoot" - vogue

this book is one of my three all-time favorites, along with "the women's encyclopedia of myths and secrets," by barbara walker, and "letters from the earth," by mark twain.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest of all Baseball books!
This is one of the greatest of all Baseball Books. It is an unforgettable book. I first owned a paperback copy waaaaaaay back in 1975 when I was in the Sixth grade!!!
Those that have read this masterpiece will NEVER forget it,I guarantee it.
It is not only a book about Baseball or Baseball cards but about LIFE and about the America we wish to remember.
Buy it! You won't be dissapointed.
And...Goodnight Sibby Sisti,wherever you are...... ... Read more

17. The Sport Americana Team Football and Basketball Card Checklist, No 2
by Jeff Fritsch, Jane Fritsch-Gavin
 Paperback: Pages (1993-04)
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18. 2008 Baseball Card Price Guide
by Joe Clemens
Paperback: 1408 Pages (2008-04-25)
list price: US$21.99 -- used & new: US$1.58
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Asin: 0896896188
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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With a more limited supply of baseball card sets on the market, and 20 of the 30 professional U.S. baseball teams reporting increases in attendance in the last year and a half, there's no doubt that this is your season, card collector. No one understands this better than the staff of Sports Collectors Digest, the voice of the hobby and the experts responsible for the reliable and thoroughly researched pricing you'll find in 2008 Baseball Card Price Guide. This one-of-a-kind modern card reference must-have contains nearly 400,000 cards, including packs and boxes, inserts, parallels and rare variations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference manual
I am very please with the setup, clear, concise values of many different makers of baseball cards.Seems to be a fair assessment of cost.

5-0 out of 5 stars LOADED WITH MATERIAL
This price guide is filled with tons of card prices. I was not disappointed with this book as I think you will feel the same way. I would like to note that a few of the newer model inserts were not listed and cards past 1981 werent listed as well. Other than that, this book is a great addition to any collection. ... Read more

19. Baseball Cards: Catalog and Price Guide of Topps, Bowman, Donruss, Fleer, Leaf, O-Pee-Cee, Score, and Upper Deck 1993
by Larry Grossman
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20. Yoga Pretzels (Yoga Cards)
by Tara Guber, Leah Kalish
Cards: 1 Pages (2005-10-05)
list price: US$14.99 -- used & new: US$9.68
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Asin: 1905236042
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Practice bending, twisting, breathing, relaxing and more with Yoga Pretzels, a vibrant and colorful set of illustrated cards that provide a healthy dose of fun and education while teaching all the basics of yoga to help your head and heart.

Founded by Tara Guber and directed by Leah Kalish, Yoga Ed. develops health and wellness courses and materials that educate children, teachers and parents about the benefits of yoga! Our friends Tara and Leah co-wrote our Yoga Pretzels Deck, an exciting, educational addition to our Yoga Pretzels collection! Please visit the Yoga Ed. website to find out more about how to bring Yoga Ed. to your school or community! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great for therapy
i'm a therapist workign wtih adolescents and kids. these cards are amazing and just wanted I wanted. Abosolutely brilliant! highly recommend

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun tool to own for a pediatric therapist
I have the wonderful opportunity to work as a pediatric occupational therapist. I use these cards with my clients to help promote motor planning, balance, body awareness and the list goes on. I recommend these cards to any therapists (or parents) looking for activities for their clients. It's a creative way to encourage new skills that the kids truly enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Teaching tool
This deck has great ideas for a few children or many for a specific age or multi-age. It can be used in a classroom setting, indoor recess, a daycare or your own family. The deck is over sized making the illustrations of the poses very clear. It is also multicultural. I taught a yoga and music class for 2 weeks to children 4-10 years old and this was my main resource. This was worth every penny.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I am a yoga teacher and mother and was looking for cards my daughter could use to
introduce her to yoga. I thought the poses would be more classical.
On the plus side, she can play the games when she gets older.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am 8. I have occupational therapy,and I work with someone. She lays half of the cards on the ground and I throw a beanbag at the cards. Whichever card I hit,I do. Try it!!!!! I also like the pictures. It is cheap. If you like animals, try Yoga Pretzels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

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