Thanks 4 the Cheese & Mac!

About a month ago, you may recall I wrote an article about the Kraft Home Plate Heroes cards that were on the back of Cheese & Macaroni boxes in 1987. Forum users AndretheNick sent me another interesting one. This was likely part of a completely separate run, perhaps a proof of some sort, as the regulars did not have so much white at the top. Thanks Andre! I had been kicking this around, and thought a few customs were in order as well: The cheese relic card, in all of its neon orange glory Noodles AND DUAL CHEESE & MAC

You haven’t seen these before – 90’s Prototype Edition

What lies below is the unveiling of some cards you have likely never seen before.  In addition to this is the absolute craziest deal I have ever been a part of! If you ask seasoned hardcore collectors, they will tell you the 1990s inserts/parallels are where it's at.  The best of the best?  Across the board, you will likely hear about 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold, 1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold, 1998 Donruss Red Crusade, among others.  These are *true* white whale cards for collectors.  With only 25-30 of each having been printed, some of these cards have been dreamed about

Cheese & Macaroni … or Macaroni & Cheese?

1987 Kraft Home Plate Heroes I'm not sure what your thoughts/feelings are on Mac & Cheese, but it has been in my life for 30 or more years.  The cheesy goodness.  The way you can stick a noodle on each prong of your fork.  Perfection....almost. In 1987, Kraft DID make it perfect by printing 2 baseball cards to cut out from the backs of each box of Macaroni & Cheese (or as I like to call it ... Cheese & Macaroni ... anyone else with me? No?  I didn't think so.) I blame this commercial for ruining it for me subliminally.

Remembering to Be Thankful

You can't have everything.  Don't even try.  Don't get too bummed out when someone else gets a card you have been holding out for. This has been my mantra this morning, as I look back on some cards I have missed out on recently.  I've been EXTREMELY fortunate / blessed / thankful / lucky to land what I have, and I thought it would be a great time to do a collection update!  There are some great 1/1s that are my favorite to show off, but there are also some hum-drum cards with great stories that are my favorite to write

My Jose Canseco Baseball Card Collection in 3D

IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO READ ALL OF THIS, PLEASE CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT THE VERY END, THANK YOU! Hurricane Harvey was unknown a mere handful of days ago, but just like that, friends of mine were sending pictures to me of people lining up for gas and bottled water.  I can't believe how quickly this came into play.   The flooding has taken a HUGE toll in our area. Thankfully, our house does not look like it will be threatened by flooding (for now.)  However, check out the before and after pics a few minutes down the road

Jose Canseco Super Collector UPDATED Top 10 Game Used / Autographed Cards in My Collection

QUICK!!!  Your house is on fire, and you can only save ten cards in your collection.  What are they?! That is the question I posed to a friend of mine.  As a Jose Canseco super collector I do this with myself as well, and it almost ALWAYS seems like I spend too much time spinning my wheels trying to figure out what they are.  I have mad love for 80s/90s inserts and prototypes, but I always seem to gravitate toward the shiny high-end stuff. Even still, I'm going to go ahead and limit this to my top 10 favorite game used /

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

New High End, Customs and … High End Customs!

On the heels of a dry spell, things have picked up ... a lot, and that is in no small part to being hit with the releases of Topps Series 2, Museum and Tier One.  (Stay tuned!  Stadium Club, Allen & Ginter and Clearly Authentic ALL drop within a few weeks as well!)  I just hit a milestone, passing up 600 pack-pulled autographs of Canseco alone! Before showing off some of the latest 2017 stuff, I wanted to show some of the other cool cards: This Stadium Club Ring Leaders is cool enough by itself, but as it isn't all

Buttoning Up a Massive Trade

Dealing with collectors that go after the same cards you go for can be very difficult.  In fact, many people think it is a waste of time and impossible to do deals with people in your same space.  On the outside, it seems like those who go after the same cards you go after should be seen as nothing more but a competitor/enemy.  In my several years strictly as a reseller, I remember coming across a thread that someone posted talking about collector competitors.  I thought it was funny, and never gave it much thought. Now I know what he was talking

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,