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

My Jose Canseco Baseball Card Collection in 3D

IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO READ ALL OF THIS, PLEASE CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT THE VERY END, THANK YOU! Hurricane Harvey was unknown a mere handful of days ago, but just like that, friends of mine were sending pictures to me of people lining up for gas and bottled water.  I can't believe how quickly this came into play.   The flooding has taken a HUGE toll in our area. Thankfully, our house does not look like it will be threatened by flooding (for now.)  However, check out the before and after pics a few minutes down the road

Homer at the Bat: The Untold Story of the Simpsons

Hi, I'm Troy McClure!  You may recognize me from films as "Dial 'M' for Mommy" and "The Monkey Bachelor, Season 5". Everyone has seen the episode "Homer at the Bat", where all kinds of baseball superstars made guest appearances.  But did you know one main superstar did NOT make the cut? Everyone is familiar with this picture. The REAL original picture was supposed to include Mouschi Baconstache.  That's right, Simpsons lovers!  Mike Scioscia was a fill-in for Mouschi. As the biggest star in baseball during the early 90s, (and Bart's favorite player) Mouschi had to be included.  The episode was to

Canseco Super Collector Top 10 Cards of the 1980s

Recently, I put out an article showcasing my Jose Canseco Top 10 game used / autographed cards in my collection, and it was a blast to really sit down and show them / describe what I like about them.  For this article, I'm going to show my top 10 80s cards.  As a Canseco Super Collector, this list may change from time to time, but here is what my top favorites are at the time of this writing.   This isn't going to be your usual 1986 Donruss Rated Rookies / 1987 Topps Rookie Cup / list at all ... Much of this list is going to