First Issue of Beckett Monthly – 1984 – Memories


Digging through some old magazines boxes I stumbled across a favorite old friend….the 1st Beckett Monthly – November 1984 by Dr. James Beckett. It brought back some wonderful memories of my youth and the beginning possibilities of our Hobby when you now had a “guide” you could refer to before making purchases or trades.

Even more interesting now is flipping through the pages (26 pages dedicated to pricing) and seeing how much things were worth back in the day!

Some interesting finds come to mind:

bowman mantle1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle RC – $375

Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps no case1952 Topps Mickey Mantle – $1,400


1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson – $60

koufax1955 Sandy Koufax RC – $50

1955-Topps-Roberto-Clemente-RC-260x1821955 Roberto Clemente RC – $95

rose1963 Pete Rose RC – $350

carlton1966 Steve Carlton RC – $100

1968-Topps-Baseball-Nolan-Ryan-RC-260x1851968 Nolan Ryan RC – $33

jackson rc1969 Reggie Jackson RC – $55

Who would’ve thought you could get a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle ┬áRCfor the same price as a 1963 Pete Rose RC?

Or you could buy THREE Nolan Ryan RCs for the price of ONE Steve Carlton RC?

Would you rather have a Reggie Jackson RC or a Sandy Koufax RC?

So many possibilities….if only we had a time machine!

Let me know if you are curious about any specific prices from the 1st issue of Beckett Monthly (it goes up to 1984) and I will be happy to share.

Until then….Happy Collecting!




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