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

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

ESPN Tweeted My Link!

So 2 nights ago, Darren Rovell of ESPN tweeted out my website... So, this is what happened with the traffic: Cool stuff! Also, as a thank you to Darren for tweeting out my link, I created a digital edition card for him commemorating his 89 Fleer Rick Face story. (Black box version used for obvious reasons!) Oh, and finally, to commemorate Rogue One Day, a family pic w/ticket relic:

Custom Nameplate Set for YOUR Family!

I've been asked about this before, so here it is! If you are interested in having a custom nameplate set of cards for your last name / your child's name / etc. I'm now offering this as a service! I've done one set before, and that was of Canseco (of course). Here is one close up: And the entire set ... Last but not least, the entire write up: http://tanmanbaseballfan.com/2016/07/two-years-making.html So, here is how it will work! You pick out the jersey colors, tell me the name and send me a picture of who you want this to be for.

Latest Happenings

Ladies and Gentlemen, I've made it. Yours truly has been enshrined into the emoticon hall of fame at the largest sports card collecting community, Blowout Cards!  I ... errrr ... my twin ... is now the "Editor in Chief". I'm not saying that BOuschi and myself are one in the same; I'm just saying that no one has ever seen us in the same room together before.  ;) In addition to this, if you wanted to type in :bouschi: when making a thread at BO, the mug you see above shows up. In other news, I've picked up some 10x14

I Created a New Trading Card Product Line!

Let me see a show of hands.  How many of you think that it is absolute madness at how many types of cards have been released this past year?  The card release calendar shows TONS of them ... not to mention the online only and store specific cards out there. Well, the card market is about to get one more, though case breakers will not have an interest in this one. I realize that there is a big risk in coming out with a new card product.  Whether they have succeeded or crashed and burned, generally all are met with

Saving the Best (and most important) for Last

For those of you who don't know, I ran a contest a few months back as a way to say thank you to the online card collecting community. Over 200 posts were made in my contest spanning over three forums I post in. The participation was great!  I truly enjoyed it. I wanted the winner of the contest to really be happy.  Instead of choosing one winner, I chose nine. I have posted some on here already, but since I finally wrapped up the last one, I'll show everything here in one post, with the last (and best) for the

Catch Me on Television! + My Favorite Customs so Far

This past month was CRAZY busy, and it doesn't look like it is going to let up anytime soon!  Youth group get togethers at our house, my son's 14th birthday party sleepover (re-scheduled due to him being sick) a father-son retreat (cancelled due to lack of sign-ups), Halloween, World Series, meetings, my son getting baptized, paintball party, a marriage conference and our 15th anniversary, there doesn't look to be much downtime in the near future. In doing some of these things, I figured why not do custom relic cards?  Imagine all of the custom relic cards we could all have

Crossovers on Canvas

For the longest time, I have been dreaming up ideas about doing some customs with a much more artsyfeel to them.  I won't make this too terribly long, but I was inspired to start playing around with some ideas today. The first one I decided to play with was a 1989 Score card.  I have childhood memories of this card - primarily when I had to "settle" for it since the card shop didn't have the new 1989 Topps card I wanted.  Dad griped at me for complaining, so I got the Score card, and grew to love it. The