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Trading Card Central - Hobby Articles

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Collector Zone - Hobby Articles

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November 2005

11/20/05 - Boys of Summer '55 Title Team Ball a Keeper

11/16/05 - Shortened Autograph Makes Big Difference

11/13/05 - Wills Added Spice to First Topps WS Highlights Subset in 1960

11/9/05 - Santa Anita Layoff for WWII was Testy

11/6/05 - Lithos are High-Grade Copies of Original Artwork

11/2/05 - Regular Cards, Pictures Better than Gimmicks

October 2005

10/30/05 - Holloman's First and Only Win Was a No-Hitter

10/26/05 - Good Questions: Sets vs. Individual Cards? Use Boxes or Binders?

10/23/05 - 1973 TCMA Postcards Finally Make One of the Major Guides

10/19/05 - Game-Used, Signed Ted Williams Glove Tough to Authenticate; Worth the Effort

10/16/05 - Fake Signatures Add Up to No Value for Vintage Baseball

10/12/05 - Early Century Great Not In Demand Due to Off-Court Issues

10/9/05 - Readers Still Sweet on 1954 Sugar Bowl Memorabilia

10/5/05 - Clemente Stamps Common, Not Valuable

10/2/05 - Mint Vintage Cards Might Attract Some Lookers

September 2005

9/28/05 - Picture of Athlete Signing an Item Doesn't Mean Much

9/25/05 - Lots of Options When it Comes to Authentication

9/21/05 - Ruth's Visit to Dunsmuir Captured in Photographs

9/18/05 - NFL and LAPD Join Forces to Deliver Cards with a Message

9/14/05 - Value of Bonds' Ball Moot with Slugger Set to Return

9/12/05 - Ace Authentic Brings High End to Tennis Cards

9/11/05 - Key Signatures Missing from 1941 Dodgers Ball

9/7/05 - No Pennant, No Problem When it Comes to '54 Yanks Ball Value

9/5/05 - Flashback: Manufacturers of Football Cards in 1992

9/4/05 - Single Cards Cut from First Issues of Sports Illustrated Have Little Value

August 2005

8/31/05 - Faded Yankees Ball Still Hot if Signed by Stars

8/29/05 - Topps Adjusts Baseball Lineup in Response to MLBPA Decisions

8/28/05 - Breaking Up Yearly Runs of Sports Illustrated Magazines Can Hurt Value

8/24/05 - 1967 Raiders Cap is One Fan's Treasure

8/22/05 - Upper Deck Lone NHL Maker for Now

8/21/05 - Signing a Golf Tee is Hard to Do

8/17/05 - Determining Value of Card Numbered to 25 or Less

8/15/05 - Cards Available for Most Every Sport

8/14/05 - Value of Baseballs Signed by Mantle Going Up

8/10/05 - Focus on Team Sets for Minor League Cards

8/8/05 - Minor League Sets a Fun Addition to Collection

8/7/05 - Soft Corners Diminish Values of Classic T206 Cards

8/3/05 - Nile Kinnick is the Toughest Heisman Winner Signature

8/1/05 - Avoiding the Collecting Pitfalls Caused by Media Coverage

July 2005

7/31/05 - Collectors, Dealers and Card Manufacturers Have Changed Over the Years

7/27/05 - Topps, Upper Deck Still in Baseball as Competitors Axed

7/25/05 - And Then There Were Two

7/24/05 - Photo Signed by Mantle, DiMaggio and Williams Worth Protecting

7/20/05 - 1969 Topps Set has Numerical Hijinx, 2 Nos. 11s and 22s

7/18/05 - Collecting the MLB All-Star Game

7/17/05 - Few Autographed Items from 1948 Actually Signed by Ruth

7/13/05 - Stop 'n Go Provided 3-D Football Cards to Consumers

7/11/05 - Exquisite Makes a Second Appearance

7/10/05 - 1965 Baltimore Colts Team Football Includes Unitas

7/6/05 - Collectors' Convention an Annual Cornucopia of Fun

7/4/05 - Legends Focus of New Racing Set

7/3/05 - Valuing Collection is the First Step on the Road to Selling

June 2005

6/29/05 - Story Doesn't Jibe, but DiMaggio Bat Still a Great Catch

6/28/05 - Score Football Continues to Build on Long History

6/26/05 - First Issues of Sports Illustrated Still Valuable

6/22/05 - Remodeling Surprise: Cards Sponsored by Tobacco Company

6/21/05 - One Discarded Shoebox Full of Cards: $6,500

6/19/05 - Right or Wrong: Leiter's Rookie Card Has Little Value

6/15/05 - Effect of Pen Marks on Shoebox Full of 1960s Baseball Cards

6/14/05 - Baseball Heroes: From Inserts in 1990 to New Set in 2005

6/12/05 - Authenticity: Collectors Must Exercise Care

6/9/05 - Beckett Game Notes: NBA Finals, Collector Dmitri Young and AFL ArenaBowl

6/8/05 - Bell Brand Dodgers Cards

6/7/05 - Closer Look at WNBA Trading Cards

6/5/05 - '56 Rose Bowl Pennant Features MSU Spartan

6/2/05 - Beckett Game Notes: Hoops Breakdown, Mikan Cards, Huskers Gordon and Esposito Jersey

6/1/05 - Help Fight Prostate Cancer and Receive a 6-Card Baseball Set

May 2005

5/31/05 - 8 Great Baseball Sets for Under $8

5/29/05 - Box Bottoms Hard to Find in Top Shape

5/26/05 - Beckett Game Notes: Wade, Danica, Market Numbers, Thorpe and the New Great One?

5/24/05 - Fleer Stops Trading Card Operations - Out of Business?

5/23/05 - Copies of Copies, Even Great Yanks, Not Too Valuable

5/19/05 - Beckett Game Notes: NBA MVPs, Pujols, Brady and Major Hockey Auction

5/17/05 - Topps for 50 Years

5/16/05 - Deaf-mute Pitcher's Minor League Card a Real 'Fit for a King' Find

5/10/05 - An 'Ultimate' Showdown with $100 Hockey Packs

5/9/05 - Sculpture Genesis of Historical Jaunt Down Memory Lane

5/4/05 - Sports Cards: A Little Slice of Vegas

5/3/05 - NBA Veteran Cards Priced to Own

5/2/05 - Uncut Sheets Not a Valuable Find if They Lack Stars

April 2005

4/26/05 - From ESPN to McDonald's: Reviewing Hobby Happenings

4/25/05 - Ali's Photograph Loses Big Value If It's Unauthorized

4/19/05 - New Sets in 1995: The Best & Worst

4/18/05 - Ted Williams Prize from Last Opening Day in Washington

4/12/05 - Before Cards Had Part of the Game

4/11/05 - Traced Babe Ruth Autograph Worth Much Less

4/5/05 - Happy Belated April Foolsí Day

4/4/05 - Rare Mays Card is Worth the Dough, Even with the Gum Stains

March 2005

3/29/05 - New WNBA Cards Due Out in Summer

3/28/05 - If Baseball Advice is What You Need, Just Ask the Babe

3/22/05 - Ready for Some Football Cards?

3/21/05 - When it Comes to Topps Checklists, Uncut Sheets Rare

3/20/05 - Tennis Anyone? First Cards Hit the Market Since 2003

3/15/05 - Exhaustive List of Cards Poses Eternal Hobby Hunting

3/14/05 - Topps Metal Coins an Oddity with Marginal Resale Value

3/9/05 - Bridging the Gap: Modern and Vintage Collectors

3/8/05 - Third Time is a Charm for Arena Football League Cards

3/7/05 - MLB Who's Who is a Major League Find

3/1/05 - Hard to Believe, But Cards Were Once Free

February 2005

2/28/05 - Marketplace Needs to Determine Value of Jordan Jersey Card

2/23/05 - Cards That Sparkle

2/22/05 - Fleer Getting Back to Basketball Cards

2/21/05 - McDonald's Hoops Cards Not Unlike the Regulars

2/15/05 - NHL Hockey Cards Coming With or Without a Hockey Season

2/14/05 - Photo Signed by Broadway Joe a Bit Expensive

2/13/05 - Making the Leap to Online Trading

2/8/05 - New England Patriots Commemorative Cards Available

2/1/05 - NFL Experience Set Part of the Super Bowl Show

January 2005

1/25/05 - Fan Favorites Format to be Used in Football

1/11/05 - Topps Heritage Sets Remain Very Popular

1/4/05 - This Decade Has Some Great Issues

December 2004

12/28/04 - Baseball Immortals Are Still Popular Sets

12/21/04 - Collecting Was Really Different Years Ago

12/15/04 - Topps Closing in on a Deal with Bonds

12/7/04 - Red Sox Autographs Available, Expensive

November 2004

11/30/04 - Despite the Strike, Hockey Cards Exist

11/23/04 - Jordan Shoes Keep Going Up in Value

11/16/04 - Cards Make Great Gifts for Christmas

11/9/04 - Sets of Unsigned Draft Picks Due Out

11/2/04 - New Red Sox Sets Bound to Sell Well

October 2004

10/26/04 - Preview Peaks for í05 Baseball Cards Coming

10/19/04 - Yanks - Sox Rivalry Makes it Onto Cards

10/12/04 - Donruss Buys Rights to Pacificís Names

September 2004

9/28/04 - NBA Cards: A Look at the Year Ahead

9/14/04 - Pacificís Best Sets: The Baseball Years

9/7/04 - Taking a Look at Pacificís Best Sets

August 2004

8/31/04 - NHL Strike Will Take a Big Toll on Hobby

8/24/04 - No Olympics Cards on Shelves This Time

8/17/04 - Topps Traded & Rookie Sets for 2004 on the Way

8/10/04 - MLB Jewish Set Sparks Gathering

8/9/04 - The Who's Who of Card Grading

8/3/04 - More Sets Hit Stores as NFL Camps Start

July 2004

7/31/04 - State of the Hobby: Where Have All the Kids Gone?

7/27/04 - Fleer Does Reprints of Initial 1959 Set

7/23/04 - VIP Party and Sneak Peek Kick Off the 25th National

7/20/04 - All-Star Game Cards Always Popular Items

7/14/04 - Upper Deck Exquisite Delivers Pull of a Lifetime for California Collector

7/13/04 - Sharapova Cards are Now in High Demand

7/6/04 - Draft Day Items Offered on eBay

June 2004

6/29/04 - Okaforís Cards Now Cheaper

6/22/04 - UConn Sets Will Rise in Hamilton Craze

6/16/04 - 2004 Fleer Genuine Insider Baseball Offers Pulls Inside of Pulls

6/11/04 - 2004 Fleer Ultra Football Provides Something for Every Collector

6/8/04 - Topps Fan Favorites are Back for Second Season

6/1/04 - The Best and Worst for This Yearís Hockey Sets

May 2004

5/25/04 - This Seasonís Football Cards Already on Shelves

5/25/04 - "Curse of the Bambino" No Problem for One Massachusetts Collector

5/18/04 - Wolf Pack Fans Have a New Set to Chase

5/11/04 - Error Cards Not a New Idea

5/6/04 - This Wasn't in the Cards

5/6/04 - One Visit Will Explain Why It's "The National"

5/4/04 - Nothing Quite Like Completing a Quest

5/2/04 - Enjoy Set Building with 2003-04 Upper Deck MVP Basketball

5/1/04 - Become an Idol with the American Idol Season 3 Collectible Card Game

April 2004

4/27/04 - LeBron James Cards are Expectedly Very Expensive

4/20/04 - A Few Upcoming Shows should be Worth the Trip

4/13/04 - Twin Titles Will Bring Plenty of Collectibles

4/6/04 - Baseball Sets Turning to Cameo Appearances

March 2004

3/30/04 - Box Sets Havenít Lost Their Appeal

3/23/04 - Ratings for Last Yearís Sets

3/16/04 - Upper Deck is Banking on Young Soccer Star Adu

3/2/04 - Venturing into the Third Dimension

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