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,

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