Taking a whirlwind around the hobby, exploring Sy Berger, Marshall Merrell mysteries, oldest players, ‘footy’ cards and some questions regarding eBay. Hop aboard the Hobby Train.
The organization that fosters an appreciation of American art and cultre through the context of baseball history adds three members to its Shrine in 2015: Sy Berger, Steve Bilko and Glenn Burke.
Len Brown’s first big job at Topps involved the 1960 Topps Baseball issue; Brown details his involvement here, from writing the backs, to dealing with trades to the gray vs/ white colors.
Len Brown spent 41 years at Topps, coming up with the text kids memorized and recited for decades; he recounts his time here. From being asked as a kid about his thoughts on products to producing the cards himself, Brown has seen plenty of cardboard history.
Sy Berger, the man behind the first Topps cards and the man responsible for signing all of the players featured on cards back in the day, has passed away at age 91.
The man behind Topps baseball cards still brings a smile to your face at age 91. Sy’s family weighs in on their father’s career and his home life in an exclusive interview with George Vrechek.
In year one, 1951, the evolution of the game and exploding TV markets helped set the stage for Bowman, Topps battle. Warren Bowman knew when to get out.
In the second part of a two-part series on mystery cards unearthed at a flea market, football cards are the focus, and insight is gleaned from Sy Berger, Woody Gelman and other collectors. In the end, your help is still needed.
You’d think we know about all cards produced in the 1950s. Perhaps not. Mystery baseball and football cards appeared at a flea market. They have ties to Bowman and Topps from the 1950s, but their origin is unclear. Join the investigation and come up with your own conclusions.