Having read it, I feel a bit tainted, however. But even worse are the scammers and cheats who have driven up the prices of rare cards, often by doctoring or forging, to make the hobby a financial speculation rather than I love baseball cards. But even worse are the scammers and cheats who have driven up the prices of rare cards, often by doctoring or forging, to make the hobby a financial speculation rather than a love of the game or the mere collecting of baseball cards. And their impact, which once drove up costs and increased interest in cards, now has the potential to destroy the hobby altogether.
I still connect with the year-old me when I collect baseball cards. But this book makes me long for the days when there was one set of cards issued each year, when they came with bubble gum, when they didn't come with "game used" memorabilia and when con men weren't spoiling collecting with their greed.
A decent book that while reading, I thought that the whole story could have been told in a magazine article. However, the authors insight into,not only "the card" but other collectibles and the seedy underworld of greedy collectors, con men, problems in the grading services as well as people trying to keep the integrity of their hobby intact was fascinating. I have always known that this card was the holy grail of baseball cards much like detective comics 27 with the first appearance of Batman, A decent book that while reading, I thought that the whole story could have been told in a magazine article.
I have always known that this card was the holy grail of baseball cards much like detective comics 27 with the first appearance of Batman, but I could never really understand why. Honus Wagner wasn't the greatest player of all time, many probably don't even know his accomplishments, his card isn't even the rarest of cards, yet it has made a small fortune for those that owned the Gretzky card.
I guess it all boils down to what you think something is worth, or better yet what someone tells you its worth to them. A good quick read for those that are interested in how a boyhood hobby can be turned into a hobby reserved for the wealthy that can afford to spend a million bucks on a baseball card.
May 24, bamlinden rated it liked it. Inspired to finally read this book by the recent 30 for 30 short on the infamous "Gretzky" T Wagner card, The Card starts with some backstory on the card itself. The book pops around from subject to subject.
Going from the height of popularity in the early 90's with Gretzky and Bruce McNall's purchase of the card, PSA grading, Honus Wagner himself, memorabilia Inspired to finally read this book by the recent 30 for 30 short on the infamous "Gretzky" T Wagner card, The Card starts with some backstory on the card itself. Going from the height of popularity in the early 90's with Gretzky and Bruce McNall's purchase of the card, PSA grading, Honus Wagner himself, memorabilia collecting in general and just the overall theme of "authenticity".
I enjoyed the book and I found it amazing that one item can generate such a boom in a number of industries across the board. I did feel that there was some stuff missing. I would have loved to have heard from some of the key players who decided not to participate in being interviewed. It would have been interesting to hear from all sides.
As well, I would love to be a fly on the wall when the cameras and microphones are gone. What wasn't in the book? That's what I'm left thinking about. Sep 16, Eric rated it liked it. This book was hardly life-altering, but if you were ever into card collecting, you probably dreamed of finding one of these T Wagners in an attic somewhere and being the envy of all your friends I never knew there was so much controversy surrounding this card, but that's not what makes this most interesting.
What does is that it doesn't matter if the card is doctored, if it's been touched up, or whatever; it's still BY FAR the most valuable This book was hardly life-altering, but if you were ever into card collecting, you probably dreamed of finding one of these T Wagners in an attic somewhere and being the envy of all your friends What does is that it doesn't matter if the card is doctored, if it's been touched up, or whatever; it's still BY FAR the most valuable baseball card ever and no revelation would change that because of all the mystique that's developed around it.
Apr 16, Kevin Weber rated it it was amazing. This is a fascinating read for anyone who collects sports memorabilia, especially trading cards.
On the reverse side of the near mint-condition Wagner card is a Piedmont cigarette ad. In fact, Wagner is believed to be among the first professional athletes to receive endorsement money for allowing the use of his name on a product. Open Borders Inc. Originally Posted by Tabe. An educational, well illustrated guide to unopened packs, wrappers and boxes. Wagner hit.
It certainly will make you think twice before spending your money. It gives a concise history of the past 30 years of this multi-billion dollar industry. This book is a quick read and well-written. There's a bit of mystery to it all. Under that mystery is the history of baseball an This is a fascinating read for anyone who collects sports memorabilia, especially trading cards. Under that mystery is the history of baseball and how it and its past symbols and memorabilia are still important to American culture.
Less about "The Card" than a platform to discuss the epidemic of cheating, forgeries and falsification rampant in high-end baseball collectibles. If "The Card," the most well know baseball collectible is a fraud and if everyone who has ever bought it, sold it, or graded is complicit in maintaining the fiction, then how can you belive the lineage of any product?
Certainly a sobering read, but not particularly ground-breaking. Jul 03, Tim Timberly rated it liked it.
This is a good book about the baseball card boom in general and a famous Honus Wagner card specifically. The authors also included some information about Honus Wagner the player, adding some context to "The Card"- it isn't just a rare card, but a rare card of a really good player. In an update to the book, O'Keene has written an article about "The Card" and its pedigree, answering one of the major questions of the book. I give this an overly kind four stars only because there are few books like it out there right now.
Card collecting has so many hidden stories, and to rely only on Beckett and similar ethically challenged publications to tell them all is a major fault. If you can put your "superb writing" glasses off to the side for a bit and just read this for the tale, you'll be better for it.
Fascinating topic about the Honus Wagner card- aka the most valuable baseball card in the world. I found the book to be very poorly written, and disorganized.
However, it was interesting reading about how the cards had been doctored and the dirty dealings with the PSA graders. If you collect baseball cards or perhaps believe your collection is an investment, this is mandatory, disturbing reading. Mike O'Keeffe combines a history of the card industry, the Honus Wagner story and the hobby-turned-business into a fascinating glimpse at the underside of what formerly was a child's play.
Not anymore. Quite a worthwhile book - yet it ends in , and there's plenty more to the story since then. So once you're done, make sure you Google Bill Mastro and see what happened! And to think it all started practically right next door to us in Hicksville. Great read for anyone interested in baseball cards or collecting them. Brief history of cards,and the sports memorabilia market, as well as the thorough history of the most celebrated baseball card ever, the T Honus Wagner. Mar 06, Lonny Sanford rated it really liked it.
Very good book into the depths of card collecting.
Shows the evil and greed People prey on. Baseball cards much more to think about then when you were a kid and just wanted to keep track of your favorite players. I would recommend to anyone who has or does collect baseball cards. Jul 20, Rob Jansing rated it really liked it. Didn't think you could really write a whole book about one card, but it worked somehow. There was a nice look into how the hobby has evolved. After reading the book I immediately went to ebay searching for cards again. Jul 02, Rob McMonigal rated it really liked it. An interesting read that's a must for card collectors.
May 14, Diane rated it liked it.
I would give it 3. An interesting read about the infamous Honus Wagner baseball card and the world of card collectors. Now for the first time, award-winning investigative reporters Michael OKeeffe and Teri Thompson follow the trail of The Card from a Florida flea market to the hands of the worlds most prominent collectors.