In this segment, I sit down with Ryan Cracknell: Hobby Editor of Beckett Media to discuss the common misconception surrounding the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, the 1996 Leaf Signature set and its impact on the hobby, and why Stolen Bases aren’t as celebrated to the same degree as other fielding milestones. The following three questions are discussed with subquestions considered within the dialogue:
Why is it such a common blunder, even with many hobby veterans, to claim that Mickey Mantle’s rookie card came from 1952 Topps?
Does a card’s importance associate it with rookie card status?
In what ways did the 1996 Leaf Signature set influence the collectability and desirability of pack-issued autographed baseball cards?
When you’re guaranteed to win, what makes you try or put in any effort to play?
Why aren’t Stolen Bases highlighted to the same degree as other common field occurrences such as RBI or Home Runs?
Is the act of Stealing Home one of the most strategic events in existence?