Beckett 20 Questions: Retro Sets and Vintage Cards

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A new year is nearly here, meaning we’ll get a fresh start at new cardboard soon — or you can continue to revisit the past if that’s your thing.

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With plenty of popular retro brands, there are plenty of new options to revisit the old, and we want to ring in the new year with 20 Questions on both pieces of this collecting puzzle.

1. Did you buy more or less new wax in 2014 than in the past?

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2. Did you buy more or less vintage (pre-1980) cardboard in 2014?

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3. Which are you most comfortable buying?

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4. When it comes to your collection, how much of it is vintage?

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5. How would you compare today's hobby to the 1980s? (Pick answer that suits you best.)

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6. Which decade created the best baseball cards?

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7. Which of these past players is most-iconic in your mind?

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8. Which player's game-used bat card would you want first?

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9. Which pitcher's game-used jersey card would you want first?

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10. Which of these players do you feel is most-overlooked value-wise on cards?

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11. How do you feel about rare/old game-used items being made into cards?

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12. Which type of pre-1980s game-used memorabilia cards do you prefer? (Pick any you like.)

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13. Which of these past managers would you collect first?

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14. Which of these players would you buy first?

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15. Which of these players' game-used cards would you want first?

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16. Which pitcher's game-used card would you want first?

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17. Grade the retro baseball card brands in 2014.

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18. We all know Nolan Ryan has game-used cards ... what about Jerry Koosman?

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19. Which Braves pitcher's autograph would you want first?

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20. Do you want to see more 20 Questions items in 2015?

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16 comments

  1. Jonathan W. Iwanski 31 December, 2014 at 15:13

    With less variety, I like the older sets better. A player could have less than 10 RCs 30 years ago. Heck, 40 years ago a player could have a couple years’ Big League experience before his first card hit the drugstore. Now? The sky’s the limit as far as how many RCs a player gets, as determined by card companies and those defining “RC”. The old cards don’t change; they just get older and more valuable. There are plenty of players on the field today whose RCs cost a pretty penny when they first hit the stage. Today, some of those cards are worth a pittance of what people paid for them 5-10 years ago.

  2. Billy Kingsley 31 December, 2014 at 16:08

    Fun little survey. I must say though, there is more to the hobby than baseball, and, as a basketball and NASCAR collector, some of the questions I just clicked the names I recognized more than basing it on any actual knowledge of baseball or it’s players.

  3. David D 31 December, 2014 at 16:41

    I hope to see a Beckett Cover in 2015- preferably Spring-that shows Reggie Jackson and Chris Olds in a photograph together- probably after sharing coffee and pleasantries in last years National.

  4. kris 31 December, 2014 at 16:53

    man there were some tough decisions there. a few of them i was a draw on. more 20 questions is a plus

  5. chrisolds 31 December, 2014 at 17:19

    Billy: This was an item written for the results to appear in the next Beckett Baseball mag. You’ll see different 20 Questions approaches when it’s time to do one for Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

  6. Richard 31 December, 2014 at 18:52

    I like the idea of memorabilia cards, I just have lost faith they are real.
    Ever since they started printed COAs on the card that basically guarantee NOTHING it makes
    me think they are manufactured more often than not, so I no longer buy them for vintage players
    and I really only consider it a factor for a RC or the like knowing they are not game used, just event used.

    If a company can’t/won’t stand behind their material, I see no reason to trust they have any connection
    to the players pictured on the cards. I know I’m far from the only one to think this since I see old school
    material cards selling for more even if they might not be as attractive.

  7. Mike Pereira 31 December, 2014 at 20:34

    Can you do a questionare about things we want to get rid of or change in 2015. Or what quantity of product or autos is too much question?

  8. Wayne Koch 31 December, 2014 at 23:45

    That was fun, but I would have preferred to see the questions worded somewhat differently, such as: If you had to choose just one, which of these players card would you choose? Better than “Which would you want first”? I want them all! I look forward to the next survey.

  9. Mark 1 January, 2015 at 08:32

    It is amazing how Frank Robinson, Tom Seaver, and Bob Gibson are getting overlooked in the who’s overlooked question. I don’t see any evidence Aaron is overlooked in the hobby, but he’s the leading response to the question as I write this.

  10. Dan 1 January, 2015 at 13:18

    This poll makes me feel like a grumpy old man. Stupid kids with their fancy foil stamping. Get off my lawn!

  11. J Dogg 1 January, 2015 at 13:27

    I agree with Richard. I’ve literally dumped all my game used cards (including Clemente, Robinson and Paige) because the card companies won’t stand by them. They are cool, but there are now “event worn” jerseys and the glut on the market also is destroying the value. I would much rather see redemptions to win game used jerseys rather than getting a jersey card. For the price they are charging for Topps Dynasty, they could at least put a redemption card for an entire jersey in each pack!

  12. Chooch 6 January, 2015 at 11:19

    I think the new sets of cards they have out are really nice to look at…and now they have refractors, x fractors, z fractors, and any type of shiny stuff you can put on a card. The increase of autos from todays baseball cards makes it worth something not only as a card collector but as a collector for all sports memorabilia. I also like the creative ideas for cards such as bat relics, glove relics, and even a few shoe relics in other sports.

  13. Ron J 8 January, 2015 at 14:52

    I for one like the idea of “Game Used” cards if the manufacturer knows for certain it was game used. If a player is required by contract to supply a certain number of items they can change jerseys, pants, gloves every inning and create an abundance of items in a matter of a few games. I started collecting years 20+ years ago and have been trying to sell my collection which includes 275+ completed sets, Factory Sets and countless numbers of game used and Autographed items, never mind all the other inserts. Know one is interested. Everyone seems to have gone to the Bust a case and sell what is popular for quick cash scheme. Are there any true collectors anymore? Was great fun when I was collecting but now that there is only one Licensed manufacturer it has lost its luster and the prices are outrageous.

  14. jeffrey baker 1 March, 2017 at 02:16

    I have over 35k in mostly BASEBALL cards from 1950s to 1990, when things went south, from 87 on.And to get a card graded,boy what an ordeal! But that’s all that’s worth anything. I bought one of those vintage packs. Out came a vintage Roberto Clemente grade 8 was over joyed 1970.Then reprint was on back,tiny.JB!

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