Baseball Cards

Writings on Baseball Cards

Mark Armour

A highlight of Mark's 2019 was his trip to Cooperstown (May 24-26) for the opening of the Hall of Fame's Shoebox Treasures exhibit, for which he had consulted over the previous two years. On Friday, Mark was on a panel on baseball cards in the Hall's Grandstand Theatre (with Bruce Markusen, John Odell, and Doug McWilliams. Saturday was the opening of the exhibit, and that evening was a night for meeting ballplayers.

The Great Topps Baseball Card Monopoly.  In 2016, I wrote a 10-part series on Topps Baseball cards for the National Pastime Museum, which I have preserved on my blog.



SABR's Baseball Card Committee Blog


A Quixotic Quest, April 12, 2021. (1970-71 Topps Scratch Offs)


Strike a Pose, There's Nothing to It, November 19, 2020.  (1971 Topps shows photos of game I attended)


Now Let Us Praise Famous Sets, November 16, 2020. (Finishing 1956-58, 1961-63 sets)


Joe Morgan (1943-2020); October 21, 2020.


Tom Seaver (1944-2020), September 4, 2020.


Legitimacy, July 8, 2020.  (The problems with pre-integration baseball card sets)


The One About Home Decorating, May 31, 2020. (Hanging cards on the wall)


213, May 4, 2020. (Humor, about the 'greatness' of card #213.


Faux Cards, August 8, 2019.  (Modern baseball cards that "should have been" in vintage sets).


Jim Bouton (1939-2019), July 15, 2019.


The Say Hey Kid: Willie Mays is Really Good, October 24, 2018. (Mays, Part 3)


The Say Hey Kid: There Isn't a Thing Willie Mays Can't Do, October 4, 2018.(Mays, Part 2)


The Say Hey Kid: Willie is the Greatest, October 1, 2018. (Mays, Part 1)


SABR 48, July 12, 2018.


Cards on Film: "Mermaids", April 23, 2018.


My First Baseball Cards, March 13, 2018.  (Ed-U-Cards game)


An Ode to El Tiante, November 9, 2017. 


A Team By Any Other Name, August 4, 2017. (sorting by team)


Father and Son, July 13, 2017. (Collecting with Drew)


SABR 47, July 3, 2017.


Thriller Decade, Part 1 (Results), June 2, 2017.  (Poll: best card set, 1980-84)


Topps Amid the Counterculture (Results), May 15, 2017.  (Poll: best card set, 1960s.)


Hooked on Heritage, May 3, 2017.  


"Skipped Parts", April 19. 2017. (film)


Ponder This, April 5, 2017. (condition sensitivity)


A Card Too Far, March 30, 2017. (Why I am not going to buy the 1963 Rose. Narrator: He later bought it.)


The Game's The Thing, March 24, 2017.  (1968 Topps game insert)


What's in a Base Set?, March 22, 2017. 


The Me Decade (Results), March 16, 2017. (Poll: best card set, 1970s)


1964 Giants: Topps Pinnacle, February 10, 2017.


1970 Topps: Chillin', February 1, 2017.  (candid poses)


Doing My Part to Win the Cold War, January 25, 2017. (Buying my first Jackie and Ted cards)


My Favorite Common, January 20, 2017.


In Praise of Corsairs and Belters, January 9, 2017.  (Topps multi-player cards)


The 1967-68 Player Boycott of Topps, January 3, 2017.


Death of a Museum, December 20, 2016.


Whither the Astros, December 19, 2016. (Astros name/logo missing from 1968-69 cards)


Natalie Wood and Ron Swoboda, December 16, 2016. ("Penelope" film)


"The Baseball Card Song", December 14 2016. (song by The Baseball Project)