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Books & Magazines April, 11 2010

How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession Book

Ah. The days. When I think back to where my obsessive nature, it would begin with Garbage Pail Kids cards as a youth. I did the baseball card thing for a minute but it’s clear many other take it more seriously than I did. A new book is out on the market, Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American ObsessionHow Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession Book, covers the United State’s desire to collect, trade, and sell the medium. Slate offers some interesting thoughts on it.

How come that Frank Thomas rookie card you stowed away in 1990 is now worth less than a Happy Meal? Chalk it up to the baseball card bubble of the late 1980s and early 1990s. In a new book, Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American ObsessionHow Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession Book, Dave Jamieson tells the story of how baseball cards evolved from a tobacco marketing gimmick in the 19th century into a massive, big-money industry of their own by the late 20th century. In this excerpt, Jamieson explains how baseball cards first became seen as promising investments, setting the stage for a decade of speculation and overproduction.

Available now from AmazonHow Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession Book.

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