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Mint Condition

How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession
Narrated by: Kevin Young
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: History, American
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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When award-winning journalist Dave Jamieson's 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 collector's 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 country's 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.

©2010 Dave Jamieson. The author would like to thank The Topps Company, Inc., and The Upper Deck Company, LLC for permission to reproduce their card images. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Great Book

I am almost finished with this book, and so far it has been great. Gives an accurate account of the history of Baseball cards, and as a new collector it is very interesting. I would definitely recommend it to a baseball fan or even just a regular sports fan.

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Really informative

Great story about baseball cards and their beginngs till what the hobby has become today.

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Perfect in every way!

This book absolutely caught my imagination. I highly tout this book every chance I get. From the history, the stories and the performer this couldn't be any better.

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  • J. P. HIGBED
  • 10-06-18

One for those who “were there “

Oh boy! This brought back so many memories. Highly recommended for readers who used to collect, trade, and flip cards. It chronicles the 150 year rise of cads. And the startlingly quick collapse. In lots of “fan-boy” detail.
Warning : people who weren’t card owners may find the detail dreary and excessive.