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When award-winning journalist Dave Jamiesons parents sold his childhood home a few years ago, he rediscovered a prized boyhood possession: his baseball card collection. Now was the time to cash in on the “investments” of his youth. But all the card shops had closed, and cards were selling for next to nothing online. What had happened? In Mint Condition, his fascinating, eye-opening, endlessly entertaining book, Jamieson finds the answer by tracing the complete story of this beloved piece of American childhood. Picture cards had long been used for advertising, but after the Civil War, tobacco companies started slipping them into cigarette packs as collectors items. Before long, the cards were wagging the cigarettes. In the 1930s, cards helped gum and candy makers survive the Great Depression. In the 1960s, royalties from cards helped transform the baseball players association into one of the countrys most powerful unions, dramatically altering the game. In the 80s and 90s, cards went through a spectacular bubble, becoming a billion-dollar-a-year industry before all but disappearing, surviving today as the rarified preserve of adult collectors. Mint Condition is charming, original history brimming with colorful characters, sure to delight baseball fans and collectors.

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There are hundreds of thousands of dedicated baseball-card collectors across the country, and they spend a lot of money on their hobby. From Phoenix to Manassas, Virginia, on almost every weekend during the year a baseball card show is held. "Mint Condition" shows why.

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When award-winning journalist Dave Jamiesons parents sold his childhood home a few years ago, he rediscovered a prized boyhood possession: his baseball card collection. Now was the time to cash in on the “investments” of his youth. But all the card shops had closed, and cards were selling for next to nothing online. What had happened? In Mint Condition, his fascinating, eye-opening, endlessly entertaining book, Jamieson finds the answer by tracing the complete story of this beloved piece of American childhood. Picture cards had long been used for advertising, but after the Civil War, tobacco companies started slipping them into cigarette packs as collectors items. Before long, the cards were wagging the cigarettes. In the 1930s, cards helped gum and candy makers survive the Great Depression. In the 1960s, royalties from cards helped transform the baseball players association into one of the countrys most powerful unions, dramatically altering the game. In the 80s and 90s, cards went through a spectacular bubble, becoming a billion-dollar-a-year industry before all but disappearing, surviving today as the rarified preserve of adult collectors. Mint Condition is charming, original history brimming with colorful characters, sure to delight baseball fans and collectors.

About the Author

Dave Jamieson has written for Slate, The New Republic, and Washington City Paper, among others, and in 2008 he won the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He lives in Washington, D.C., with a closetful of worthless baseball cards, all of them in excellent condition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802119391
Author:
Jamieson, Dave
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Author:
Jamieson, David
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Sports Cards - Baseball
Subject:
Antiques-Sports
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of color photographs and illust
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16.5 oz

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Product details 320 pages Atlantic Monthly Press - English 9780802119391 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , There are hundreds of thousands of dedicated baseball-card collectors across the country, and they spend a lot of money on their hobby. From Phoenix to Manassas, Virginia, on almost every weekend during the year a baseball card show is held. "Mint Condition" shows why.
"Synopsis" by ,
When award-winning journalist Dave Jamiesons parents sold his childhood home a few years ago, he rediscovered a prized boyhood possession: his baseball card collection. Now was the time to cash in on the “investments” of his youth. But all the card shops had closed, and cards were selling for next to nothing online. What had happened? In Mint Condition, his fascinating, eye-opening, endlessly entertaining book, Jamieson finds the answer by tracing the complete story of this beloved piece of American childhood. Picture cards had long been used for advertising, but after the Civil War, tobacco companies started slipping them into cigarette packs as collectors items. Before long, the cards were wagging the cigarettes. In the 1930s, cards helped gum and candy makers survive the Great Depression. In the 1960s, royalties from cards helped transform the baseball players association into one of the countrys most powerful unions, dramatically altering the game. In the 80s and 90s, cards went through a spectacular bubble, becoming a billion-dollar-a-year industry before all but disappearing, surviving today as the rarified preserve of adult collectors. Mint Condition is charming, original history brimming with colorful characters, sure to delight baseball fans and collectors.

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