Worthless, Yet Priceless

I think we all have a tendency to get caught up in searching out the knobs, barrels, patches, etc. and forget to look back at why most of us are in this hobby to begin with: To relive the memories of our childhood. In looking at some auctions, I found a nice pairing that was absolutely dripping with nostalgia for me: These two were singled out of my beloved 1989 Donruss set for having the cool cursive font on the front. On one side of the spectrum, it shows baseball's bad boy who, at the time, was the best player

1987 Topps and the Hospital

If you are a child of the 80's, you know what 1987 Topps is.  It was absolutely loaded with key rookies, but it was produced in such high numbers, I probably don't have enough space here to write out all of the zeroes. You may have heard that my dad has been in and out of the hospital for the past half year.  It has been very tough on us all, but no one can really understand what he has been through except for him.  Last night, I decided to take the family to visit him and have a little family fun:

1985 Donruss Wax Box From a Sealed Case

Key rookies in 1985 Donruss - Roger Clemens, Kirby Puckett, Orel Hershiser I don't know what it was, but one day I started reminiscing about wax.  This led me to do some research on wax boxes.  Much like PSA/BGS can magically transform something of relatively little value (like ... well ... ANY 80's key cards) and gives them value simply by assigning a numerical grade to them.  This helps buys to know they have a beautiful example ... no ... specimen of something they may have treasured as a kid. While I'm not huge on graded cards, I am huge on beautiful

Bad News Bears & Larry Doby Customs Created!

I'd love to be able to write volumes on these, but I figured I'd keep this short and sweet :) Fun fact! I was actually named after a character in the Bad News Bears. First, I took this: and made this (A negro league card!) Front: Back: Then, I took this Walter Matthau signed index card: and created this: Back: Here is a video of me showing them off :)

Tanner is Growing Wax Stache … errr … Stash!

Last year, my wife heavily hinted that the waxed stache needed to go, so I've decided grow another wax stash instead ... wax boxes that were released during my childhood.   I'll be periodically posting my newest pickups with memories, perhaps some customs based upon that specific year, video reviews, etc.  It should be good fun and I hope you enjoy going down memory lane with me! Why am I doing this? When I began collecting again as an adult, I (like many here) wanted to rekindle that childhood spark of collecting.  I did this by attempting to assemble a run of

One Year Older – My Birthday Post

Today I turn 38.  For those of you who are adults, you probably remember growing up thinking MAN!  There are people my age playing major league baseball now!  A decade further, you think DANG!  This rookie crop is a DECADE younger than I am!  10 years later, you desperately look up and down the active rosters to see ANY familiar name from when you were younger. Thank you for still being around, Bartolo Colon. Ken Griffey Jr., Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas ... all are long gone.  At 38, not only is that one step closer to 40; it

Beckett Radio Interview with Jose Canseco Supercollector Tanner Jones 4/5/18

I had a great time sitting down with Eric and Paul of Fat Packs to discuss Jose Canseco cardboard.

Watch me Create a Bryce Harper Bowman Chrome Right Before Your Very Eyes!

I had a TON of fun doing this and hope you all enjoy it as well.  My friend asked how plates of only 4 colors could be used to create such beautiful full color cards, and I thought I'd run through it on photoshop.  Check the video below! Basically, here are the cliff's notes: I took all the plates I picked up ... and scanned them into photoshop and set each layer to "darken". Merging them is a fun mess How can this ever create something cool? All lined up and flipped around! With a chrome border I really

Watch me play Take Me Out to the Ballgame on Guitar

I've been having fun playing guitar lately and just learned one of the greatest songs ever.  :)

What is the Value of the 1/1 Stamp?

In 1991, Topps ran the first (known to me) buyback program.  To celebrate 40 years, they randomly inserted one of every card from 1957 to 1990 in packs of 1991 Topps.  (The others were redemptions, if I recall correctly.) Kids and adults alike were VERY excited to get their hands on packs, boxes and cases to join the treasure hunt.  The problem?  It has been said that the buybacks fell about 1 per 24 cases, unbeknownst to us back when they came out.  Imagine opening nearly 500 boxes of 1991 Topps, and your prize is this: (Note: Nick Esasky is my