The great baseball card bubble

American boys growing up in the 1980s [and 1990s] approached Beckett Baseball Card Monthly with something like religious reverence. For many of us, it was the first magazine we bought and the only one we leafed through regularly. […]

What none of us understood at the time was that Beckett’s guides were probably creating card prices just as much as they were reporting them.

For those that don’t know, I was, uhh, obsessed with basketball/baseball cards when I was younger (surprise!), and my guess is that many of you reading this now also were into cards around the same time. Enjoy.