Fun with baseball

Questions for Topps and Beckett Media

Do you think the #1 trading card manufacturer (topps) and the official trading card pricing experts (Beckett Media) would respond to you if you had questions for them? I tweeted a different question every day for nine days to these experts and got zero responses. Granted, Beckett Media responds to no tweets. But @toppscards does …

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Baseball teams that finished in second place in the most consecutive seasons

Imagine your favorite MLB team finishing in second place. Not too bad. You might even get a wild card chance. Now imagine if your team finishes in second place the next year. Kinda frustrating that you get so close, but no first place. Now imagine your team finishing in second place year after year. That’s …

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How baseball card magazines of my youth inspired my design career

Simplicity. Something covers of magazines today often lack. Multiple headlines cry for your attention alongside a primary photo. Editors hope one of the headlines will grab your attention while standing in line. You don’t have to pick up the magazine to see its contents. We’ve all gotten used to the shouting matches on magazine covers. …

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Baseball cards that are well-worn should sell for more than mint cards

Well-worn baseball cards are a beauty to behold. Just like old furniture, you want the worn-look to be kept. The agedness is a value. There’s a certain art to getting a baseball card to be aged nicely. Why aren’t worn baseball cards valued more? Old baseball cards in mint condition are more rare making the …

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Professional sports salaries influence our hurt economy

Maybe part of America’s economic problems is related to the rising salaries of professional sports players. Their salaries are completely wacked. Thus high-level execs of companies feel like they should be making lots of money too. Thus the average worker gets screwed because executives take on higher salaries. It’s not the complete cause, it’s just …

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Least Valuable Player for every year

I want to make a baseball card collection of every season’s Least Valuable Player. This list comes from High Heat Stats Lowest Non-Pitcher WAR (Baseball-Reference Version) By Season: 2011 Adam Dunn -3.0 2010 Nate McLouth -2.8 2009 Yuniesky Betancourt -2.4 2008 Jeff Franceour, Mike Jacobs, Jacques Jones and Jeff Keppinger -1.9 2007 Jermaine Dye -1.9 …

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Every baseball card should have its own QR code

Imagine displaying your entire physical baseball card collection online. But how? Manually searching and typing each baseball card? Too much work. Scanning in each baseball card? That’s even more work! Googling each card to find an image? There needs to be a solution to showing your baseball cards online. Enter QR codes. It would be …

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Players picked for just one All-Star Game in his career

1,637 players have appeared in the MLB All-Star Game. 680 players were picked for just one game. Here’s some highlights: Kiki Cuyler: 1934 Randy Hundley: 1969 Lou Piniella: 1972 Manny Mota: 1973 Gary Matthews: 1979 Don Baylor: 1979 Steve Stone: 1980 Bill Buckner: 1981 Ron Kittle: 1983 Dave Dravecky: 1983 Vance Law: 1988 Mitch Williams: …

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