2000 Pacific Crown Royale Uncirculated Archive Proofs

In 2000, Pacific came out with a Crown Royale die-cut set. These beautiful cards feature gold foil and were die cut in the shape of a crown. In typical Pacific fashion, they produced a number of parallels to this. The most notable are the 2000 Crown Royale proofs.  These black and white offerings were printed on clear acetate and fell less than one per box. Greater still, are the 2000 Pacific Crown Royale Proofs serial numbered to 50.   These cards are the exact same as above, but with a gold stamped box and serial numbered.  It took me two

Interesting Story about 1990 Topps George Bush + Other Musings

This article is a mere 4 years old today, but I've never seen it and enjoyed the read, as well as the questions that it kicked up in my head. https://www.psacard.com/articles/articleview/7795/hobby-update-by-george-its-complicated-1990-topps-bush-baseball-card Cliff's notes: The story on this card is that 100 were made and specifically presented to/for the White House. The quantity has been challenged, as Topps sheets typically have 132 on them, and some card shop owners in Illinois claimed to pull one from a pack, even though Topps claimed it as being impossible. A former Topps employee also took 70 copies and sold them privately. Here is where

100 Griffey Rookies Sell Each Day

For the past few years, I've really been trying to wrap my brain around junk wax production numbers and cardboard scarcity in general.  From 1987 to 1992, we have heard numbers anywhere from 1 to 7 million made for nearly every single card.  I try to visualize what that would look like if you and I stood in front of the entire production run of a single solitary junk wax card, and how many of these monster boxes it would take to store them: Y'all, 5,000 cards of a single card is a lot.  If you have collected for a while, you

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

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