About Major League History

The card that started it all

​​Major League History

Jason Marden

If you are visiting my site then you are probably a baseball enthusiast and memorabilia collector just like me.  I first caught the collecting bug at the age of eleven.  I remember begging a dollar or two from my mom then riding my bicycle down to our local convenience store to purchase packs of 1982 Topps baseball cards.  I would excitedly complete my transaction and then hurry around the corner of the store to open my packs on the curb outside.  Eventually my friends took notice of my awesome collection and started to collect themselves.  We would hang out all afternoon reading statistics from the backs of our cards, learning more about our favorite players.  One day a friend brought to our meeting a 1978 Topps Pete Rose card.  That was the card that started it all. To an 11 year old who had never seen a card issued before 1982, my friend's card seemed like an ancient, unattainable relic.  Even though the card was creased, beat up and stained, I had to have it.  I remember it took a lot of negotiating with my friend and a small pile of my cards to make the deal.  I was so happy to be the only one in our group with a "rare" 1978 Rose card.  The rest is history.  I was hooked and have been collecting ever since.


After more than 30 years of collecting, trading, buying and selling sports memorabilia, I have gained an extensive knowledge of the hobby. Through the years I have owned or encountered authentic collectibles of virtually every major baseball star and hall of fame player.  Identifying and dating old baseballs is a specialty of mine that comes in handy when determining the authenticity of vintage autographed baseballs.


As an active member of the Society for American Baseball Research, I have access to a wealth of research materials helpful in seeking out historically significant collectibles.  I also possess my own significant library of research materials that I have accumulated through the years.  When I'm not umpiring high school baseball games, I love to share my knowledge, or simply talk baseball with other collectors.  If you share my passion, please feel free to contact me through this site's contact page.