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,

Analyzing the Peaks and Valleys of Collecting

If you are a player or team collector, it is my hope you can identify with this.  Heck, you could probably copy/paste this in Word and do a find/replace of my guy with yours and it would still be applicable. I wanted to take little time this evening and muse about the peaks and valleys of collecting.  It has so many highs and lows.  It consists of friends, enemies and frenemies.  You win a new "trophy" card, and show it off for all to see, or you can spend the rest of the evening pining about the card you missed

You might have a 1/1 in your collection, but do you have a 1/1/1/1 ?

Yeah, 1/1's are rare. They are great and what many collectors dream about. I always drool over them for sure. As I am sitting at about 143 of them right now, I have to say that I don't do a double take nearly as much as I used to when I didn't have any. When someone (sadly, I can't recall the user) told me of an Archives buyback 1/1 that was posted on a forum months ago, I was excited. I reached out to the user HillbillyCletus and we exchanged texts. There was something different about this 1/1 though, which

An Unknown Holy Grail has Landed

If I'm being honest, I'd have to say that the Christmas season and new years just didn't seem "festive". It may have been the weather (it has been getting up past 80 degrees here at times), but I'm not quite sure exactly what it was. To help it to feel more like winter, we agreed to play broom hockey with my friend's church. I decided to facebook it: "Broom Hockey at Midnight" A lot of people had a blast making fun of me, because apparently there is no such thing as "broom hockey". It is "broom ball". :/ A good

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

There’s Something about Wood

I've got to be honest with you, I'm not sure where to start! As if you couldn't tell by my writing, sometimes my hobbies take up way too much space in my brain. I don't have a "chill" button. It is either FULL SPEED or NOT AT ALL. I guess I'll start at the beginning. This has been an action packed week for the hobby side of my life.  To start off, fellow supercollector AJ and I made yet ANOTHER huge, massive trade.  It involved a lot of blood sweat and tears, but after about a week, we hammered a

Customs with a Home Run Game Used Bat & Ball

This week has been stuffed to the gills with making customs for people who won my customs contest & customs just for fun for my own collection.  While it has taken a long time and kept me busy, it sure has been fun. I was kind of bummed about Topps not making a NOW card as a throwback of Canseco, so I made my own. After I did that, I thought HEY!  What not do one of Tim Tebow on the Mets? and what about Ginny Baker from the new show Pitch? As if that weren't exciting enough, why not

When Supercollectors Trade

Supercollectors are an interesting breed. For us, buying a card is easy.  Finding a card is hard, and trading with another supercollector is extremely hard.  Why? Because you generally have the same cards, and if you don't, that means the card is EXTREMELY rare, and you likely will not want to part with it. That is what makes my latest deal with AJ blog-worthy.  We both knew we had cards each other wanted.  He initiated the conversation, and brought up this card that I had picked up a few months back: This is from the famous Wheeler Collection!  I don't

What’s on my Desk with Bart Man?

Evenin' boys and girls! Tonight, we are going to have our maiden post called "What's on my Desk with Bart Man?" This is really mainly a way for me to showcase a random card I have decided to display by my monitor, on my desk to appreciate what I have, instead of always thinking about what I don't have. First up is what I'm displaying and enjoying now. 2000 Upper Deck Game Jersey Patch I picked this up from a fellow collector named Kurt who has commissioned me to do several high end pieces for his collection. Thanks TONS again

Latest Pickups

These past few weeks have been awesome for my collection.  I figured I'd share what has come in! There is just so, so much that I'm excited about here, but there are a few that I thought should receive some attention.  (The A&G's will not be talked about, as I wrote about them earlier.) The oddball of the month award goes to: This is only the 2nd SP buyback I have This /5 card is one I never thought I'd see This popped up literally a day after I got my first version of it (the jersey/auto).  I am in