Mint Condition: A Baseball Card Quiz

Dave Jamieson is an award-winning journalist and an old friend of mental_floss. To promote his new book Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession, he put together a quiz for us on baseball card history. When you're done, head over to our blog for a chance to win a little nostalgia (in the form of a 1990 Upper Deck pack).

1 of 12
Which player started the “rookie card craze” of the 1980s?
Tony Gwynn
Cal Ripken, Jr.
Don Mattingly
2 of 12
What card has been professionally graded more than any other card in history?
1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr.
1985 Topps Mark McGwire
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle
3 of 12
Which Hall of Famer’s card was listed but never included in the 1933 Goudey gum set, leading young collectors to buy pack after pack in search of it?
Eddie Collins
Mickey Cochrane
Napoleon Lajoie
4 of 12
In 2003, whose game-worn jersey was cut into 2,100 pieces and put into packs of Donruss baseball cards?
Barry Bonds
Mark McGwire
Babe Ruth
5 of 12
Which of the following players was NOT the victim of a major error card in the 1980s?
Al Leiter
Wade Boggs
Dale Murphy
6 of 12
Which slugger of the 1970s reportedly collected as many copies of his own rookie card as possible, in hopes of someday having one for each home run he hit?
Mike Schmidt
Jim Rice
Reggie Jackson
7 of 12
What major innovation did Topps introduce in its 1952 baseball card set?
Color pictures
Team logos
Player statistics
8 of 12
Which Oriole eventually fessed up to scrawling the infamous F**K FACE obscenity on Billy Ripken’s bat before the 1989 Fleer shoot?
Brady Anderson
Joe Orsulak
Billy Ripken
9 of 12
What was the most money ever paid for a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner card?
$280,000
$2.8 million
$28 million
10 of 12
In what year did Fleer and Donruss cards first appear on the market together, ending Topps’s two-decade monopoly?
1979
1981
1983
11 of 12
In the 1950s and 60s, Topps often gave ballplayers household gifts in exchange for the rights to their images. Which All-Star complained to Topps that the toaster he’d been given was burning his toast?
Willie Mays
Duke Snider
Stan Musial
12 of 12
Which late-night infomercial host popularized the phrase “gem mint ten!” to describe baseball cards that were in perfect condition?
Ron Popeil
Don West
Matthew Lesko