Crazy Triple Booklet Custom

Over the past three years, I've done a lot of different things.  I've tried to do things that card companies have not done before.  There is one thing I've shied away from, and that is using super premium pieces.  It is coming up on two years since I was at Canseco's house, and while I have no shortage of player-worn material, I have not done much in the way of custom cards with premium pieces. The main reason for this is because I simply haven't felt "good enough", so to speak, to cut into a lot of the good stuff

Making Your High End Cards SPARKLE Online – Animated Gif Tutorial

In my last article, I had a bunch of people asking "How did you do that?" If you are one of those people, then this is for you. Why do this? Sharing our collection with others on the web has become as big a part of collecting as the actual collecting. The last thing we want is to show off our favorite cards, and have them look lackluster. Scanning, pictures, etc. can all yield different results. I always spend a good amount of time figuring out how to get the perfect light (ESPECIALLY when it comes to refractive cards). Take

Collection Update: White Whale Alert, Apparition and a Broken F5 Key

For the majority of my life, I haven't been overly excited about landing a baseball card. I've always loved cardboard ever since I was a child, but it took me zeroing in on collecting one player to get genuinely hyped about certain cards that come in. Maybe the more focused you are, the more excited you get? I dunno. A while back, I was told by a few folks to keep my eye out for a big 90's seller.  Over the past few months, I've witnessed some AMAZING 90's cards being sold for Ripken, Griffey, Thomas, Clark, etc.  No Canseco though,

I’m on the front page of Topps!

I have had the pleasure of being a guest blogger for Topps, and you can see my moustachioed face at www.Topps.com - hurry though, because they will probably take it down soon! (Fun fact:  All of the visible cards you see were actually photoshopped in the picture, including the hand print card on the wall.  When this picture was taken, I didn't yet own most of the cards shown!)  Here is a direct link to the article: https://www.topps.com/blog/jose-canseco-topps-collector/ Here are some fun graphics from the article! Nearly 100 DIFFERENT Archives Signature Series Canseco cards .... I actually have two more than what is pictures

Two Customs and a Funeral

This past week has been kind of a whirlwind for us here.  My wife's grandmother passed away, and her funeral was out of town last weekend.  We didn't know her very well - the last time we saw her was at our wedding, which was over 16 years ago.  She was 95 years old, and according to many, she was a sweet, caring and giving woman. We aren't fancy folk here.  We have manual doors on our minivan, and we print our directions out from google.  When it was time to drive out of town for the funeral, we had

1996 Fleer Gold & Silver Variations

I have been able to secure a number of these! If you are interested in what I have, click here. Baseball cards of the mid 1990s are characterized by their loud and bright colors.  Some would call them eye sores, while others are happy to have designs that so richly represent that time period.  In 1996, Fleer took a step back and offered a clean look, relying heavily upon quality photography, and then stamping the print in gold foil. To take things a step further (back), they printed their cards on cardboard with the texture of the back of a

Analyzing the Peaks and Valleys of Collecting

If you are a player or team collector, it is my hope you can identify with this.  Heck, you could probably copy/paste this in Word and do a find/replace of my guy with yours and it would still be applicable. I wanted to take little time this evening and muse about the peaks and valleys of collecting.  It has so many highs and lows.  It consists of friends, enemies and frenemies.  You win a new "trophy" card, and show it off for all to see, or you can spend the rest of the evening pining about the card you missed

The Tri-Star Show, Star Wars and … Big Bird?

I have taken close to a two year hiatus from going to the card show.  The past few times, I simply didn't have any luck finding some good lots to wheel & deal, so I didn't feel much of a pull to go.  When Tri-Star rolled into town this past weekend, I decided on a whim to take the hike up there with my man-child in tow.  Things are different now: My son is 2 feet taller I wasn't in line before they opened I only went one day, instead of three I didn't have a rolling suitcase to carry

Filling a Void

As a focused card collector, you probably appreciate checklists.  You might actually live and die by them.  It gives you something to shoot for - there is a tangible finish line, so to speak.  With the invention of 1/1's and crazy amounts of parallels, that finish line has become all but a mirage, like an oasis in a desert.  As collectors, what are we to do?  Well, you can go one of two ways. 1) Self-imposed limits - Since having 100% of the cards of a player or team is impossible now, I've seen many people say they will ONLY

You might have a 1/1 in your collection, but do you have a 1/1/1/1 ?

Yeah, 1/1's are rare. They are great and what many collectors dream about. I always drool over them for sure. As I am sitting at about 143 of them right now, I have to say that I don't do a double take nearly as much as I used to when I didn't have any. When someone (sadly, I can't recall the user) told me of an Archives buyback 1/1 that was posted on a forum months ago, I was excited. I reached out to the user HillbillyCletus and we exchanged texts. There was something different about this 1/1 though, which