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:

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 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.  :)

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

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

I made a GIF of Jose Canseco Swinging from my Baseball Cards

"Do you pronounce it GIF or JIF?" Out of all of the questions I post on facebook for debate, that one was quite possible the most hotly contested.  On one side, you have the folks pronouncing it with a hard G, and the others with a soft G (or...J).  The hard G's mock their adversaries by using lines from a pretty hilarious parody video of someone debating this while asking if they received a jift for the birthday jirl, etc.  Whereas the soft G's point out that the creator of the animated gif said it should be pronounced JIF. No matter which

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