Hobby Oddities: An Introduction To Baseball Card Collecting On VHS

The year is 1989. You’re visiting your local video rental store. Walking up and down the aisles you begin to browse their inventory. Die Hard, Beetlejuice, Coming To America, etc… Its a difficult choice. That’s until you see An Introduction To Baseball Card Collecting. I’ll take it!

An Introduction To Baseball Card Collecting was released in 1989. In this 28 minute video Bobby Valentine covers many of the important principles as to how baseball cards were collected at that time. Some of these principles are valid today, while others are completely outdated.

An example of an outdated principle is when the video states that a player’s rookie card is his most valuable card. At one time this was true. Today we have grading, parallels, autographs, and relics. A mass-produced base rookie card can be worth significantly less when compared to a non-rookie, low-numbered, autograph, relic card of the same player today.

Distributed by JCI Video out of Woodland Hills, CA. The summary on the VHS back reads:

Finally, a video about baseball card collecting is available! Bobby Valentine hosts this beautifully filmed explanation of how a simple pastime of the 1950s exploded into a multi-million dollar industry in the 1980s. Bobby discusses all the basic subjects of card collecting, including how the distribution methods through 1973 affect card prices today and the current hobby role played by dealers, card shops, trade shows, price guides and hobby newspapers.

A highlight of the video is its photography of the cards themselves, filmed with lush backgrounds and lighting effects to make their rich colors evoke the kind of nostalgic emotions that are the essence of the relationship between a collector and his cards.

I wonder if we’ll ever see the 4K, Blue-Ray, DVD, Extended Director’s Cut? Imagine watching it in IMAX.

Believe it or not this wasn’t the only VHS released on baseball card collecting. There are others.

Grading started with cards, and now extends all the way to VHS tapes. Someone should get a copy of An Introduction To Baseball Card Collecting graded. That would complete the circle.

Card of the Day: 2012 Press Pass – “Happy Holidays! Happy Collecting!” – Santa

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Collecting Manny Pacquiao

Last night in front of 40,000+ people, Manny Pacquiao defeated Antonio Margarito and obtained the WBC super-welterweight championship.  At one point during the fight, Pacquiao actually asked the referee if the fight should be stopped because he thought he might do permanent damage to Margarito.  Pacquiao is already going down as one of the greatest fighters in history.

As far as collecting goes, Pacquiao doesn’t have a ton of cards.  I’m surprised that Sportkings hasn’t included him in any of their products.  For you die hard Pacquiao fans, you’ll find his most valuable cards in Famous Fabrics.  He has a handful of boxing relics found in those sets.  Even though his image doesn’t appear on any of those cards, they still don’t come cheap.  It wouldn’t surprise me if you see more of his cards made.  I guess for now you’ll just have to stick with my own personal Sports Card Info custom Pacquiao card.

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Collecting Sports Legends: The Ultimate Hobby Guide

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Last weekend I was on Amazon.com looking for a good book to read.  I wanted something that dealt with the sports memorabilia industry, and I came across this book titled “Collecting Sports Legends: The Ultimate Hobby Guide“.  Today this book arrived, and it looks awesome.  There are over 300 pages featuring some of the rarest cards in the world from a wide variety of sports.  They showcase some of the best athletes through their collectibles.  Just browsing through it I came across a picture of a Mickey Mantle 1951 Bowman RC graded by PSA a Gem Mint 10!!!  I can’t wait to read through the entire book.  Every sports collector would enjoy a book like this, I highly suggest that you check it out.

The Twelve Days of Collecting

Cardboard Junkie is one of the better sports card blogs that I usually check out a few times a day.  It always has such interesting posts to read.  A few days ago, CardBoard Junkie started doing a “Twelve Days of Christmas” post everyday.  The other night, I sat down and wrote my own version called “The Twelve Days of Collecting”, and I thought I would share it with you.  Everything in it deals with sports or cards in one way or another.  Enjoy and Happy Holidays!!!!!  

 

The Twelve Days of Collecting

On the first day of Collecting my card shop gave to me,

A brand new box of 09 O-Pee-Chee

2nd – Two game used gloves

3rd – Three French Spectrum autos

4th – Four Cooperstown Callings

5th – Five Rings of Honor

6th – Six Victory Lines a-laying

7th – Seven Phelps Fans of the Game a-swimming

8th – Eight Farm Hands a-milking

9th – Nine Lady Bing’s dancing

10th – Ten Lord Stanley’s leaping

11th – Eleven Between the Pipes a-piping

12th – Twelve T205 drums a-drumming