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When a Memory Becomes a Card

A few days ago, I posted the question to "Describe your dream card that doesn't exist" in various places on the Internet.  I received hundreds of responses - here are a few of them: A sweet spot auto card of Nolan Ryan on a game used baseball from one of his no-hitters Roger Clemens / Mike Piazza dual card with a bat piece 1954 Topps Mickey Mantle Some of the responses were ... interesting.  For instance, this one by dbackschamp2001: I cannot say if this is crazy or brilliant, but I do hope dbackschamp2001 gets the help he clearly needs. To use all these pieces

2017: My Year in Review of Customs, Collection Additions & Events

As 2017 winds down, I wanted to do a review on my collection, customs created and events having to do with this hobby to document the entire year.  2017 was huge for my collection - over 600 cards have been added, over 45 articles have been written and several of my favorite customs have been created.  When all is said and done, I am left with the following list of notable pickups, events & customs.  I have swung and missed on a number of opportunities, but you miss 100% of the pitches you don't swing at, right?  This article isn't about

I’m Dreaming of a Cardboard Christmas

The best memories I have of Christmas past have to do with baseball cards.  As a child, the only thing that would rival the excitement Topps, Fleer or Donruss under the tree would bring me was maybe Super Mario Brothers 2 for Nintendo.  At $60, it was a HUGE price tag for my family, but to this day, ask me if I'd rather play something on the PS4 or Super Mario, I'll probably go with the moustachioed plumber. There is nothing quite like learning from Super Mario Brothers 2 that it is okay to play as the princess (when no

How to Scan your Cards BEAUTIFULLY

You may remember my animated gif tutorial on getting your high end cards to sparkle: http://tanmanbaseballfan.com/2017/03/making-high-end-cards-sparkle-online-animated-gif-tutorial.html That may be a lot of work for some folks, so here is what I consider the next best thing.  Want to get beautiful scans of your card each and every time? Consider not scanning. Let's take a look at a few examples:  2017 Donruss Signature Series Autograph Blue #/99.  Beautiful card, right?  (As an aside, EVERY '17 Sig Series Canseco card I've seen looks like someone sneezed on the printing plates - what gives?!) Gorgeous card!  It doesn't look like a uniform scan.  Okay, no problem. 

Vacation Wrap Up

This past month, Mrs. Mouschi and I celebrated 16 years of wedded bliss.  We have been together 18 years and are rapidly approaching that magical time when we will have known each other longer than we haven't.  I still remember her loving words to me many years ago: "Sometimes I wish I were you, so I could be married to such a wonderful person like me."  She is so eloquent! Work has really had me burning the candle at both ends, so for the big 16...we hit Denny's. And we got this: Yes, friends.  This tall glass of water came

How to Avoid Damaged Mail from Postal Workers

For this article, the neighborhood mechanic is my office, the waiting table is my desk and my phone serves as my typing apparatus.  Pictured below, you can see the nose of my cardboard mobile through the door. I've had some time to think - about yesterday's mail, in particular.   I was happy to get in a piece of mail that contained both a 1985 and 1986 Topps Achievement award brochures.   Let me give you some history on them. From 1959 to 2004 (to my knowledge) Topps would hold a banquet for Topps all star rookie cup winners.   These are neat, because

Thanks 4 the Cheese & Mac!

About a month ago, you may recall I wrote an article about the Kraft Home Plate Heroes cards that were on the back of Cheese & Macaroni boxes in 1987. Forum users AndretheNick sent me another interesting one. This was likely part of a completely separate run, perhaps a proof of some sort, as the regulars did not have so much white at the top. Thanks Andre! I had been kicking this around, and thought a few customs were in order as well: The cheese relic card, in all of its neon orange glory Noodles AND DUAL CHEESE & MAC

You haven’t seen these before – 90’s Prototype Edition

What lies below is the unveiling of some cards you have likely never seen before.  In addition to this is the absolute craziest deal I have ever been a part of! If you ask seasoned hardcore collectors, they will tell you the 1990s inserts/parallels are where it's at.  The best of the best?  Across the board, you will likely hear about 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold, 1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold, 1998 Donruss Red Crusade, among others.  These are *true* white whale cards for collectors.  With only 25-30 of each having been printed, some of these cards have been dreamed about

Cheese & Macaroni … or Macaroni & Cheese?

1987 Kraft Home Plate Heroes I'm not sure what your thoughts/feelings are on Mac & Cheese, but it has been in my life for 30 or more years.  The cheesy goodness.  The way you can stick a noodle on each prong of your fork.  Perfection....almost. In 1987, Kraft DID make it perfect by printing 2 baseball cards to cut out from the backs of each box of Macaroni & Cheese (or as I like to call it ... Cheese & Macaroni ... anyone else with me? No?  I didn't think so.) I blame this commercial for ruining it for me subliminally.

Remembering to Be Thankful

You can't have everything.  Don't even try.  Don't get too bummed out when someone else gets a card you have been holding out for. This has been my mantra this morning, as I look back on some cards I have missed out on recently.  I've been EXTREMELY fortunate / blessed / thankful / lucky to land what I have, and I thought it would be a great time to do a collection update!  There are some great 1/1s that are my favorite to show off, but there are also some hum-drum cards with great stories that are my favorite to write