When a Memory Becomes a Card

A few days ago, I posted the question to "Describe your dream card that doesn't exist" in various places on the Internet.  I received hundreds of responses - here are a few of them: A sweet spot auto card of Nolan Ryan on a game used baseball from one of his no-hitters Roger Clemens / Mike Piazza dual card with a bat piece 1954 Topps Mickey Mantle Some of the responses were ... interesting.  For instance, this one by dbackschamp2001: I cannot say if this is crazy or brilliant, but I do hope dbackschamp2001 gets the help he clearly needs. To use all these pieces

2017: My Year in Review of Customs, Collection Additions & Events

As 2017 winds down, I wanted to do a review on my collection, customs created and events having to do with this hobby to document the entire year.  2017 was huge for my collection - over 600 cards have been added, over 45 articles have been written and several of my favorite customs have been created.  When all is said and done, I am left with the following list of notable pickups, events & customs.  I have swung and missed on a number of opportunities, but you miss 100% of the pitches you don't swing at, right?  This article isn't about

A Canadian Thief, the NSCC & Tons of Customs

The National has come and gone, and with it, many projects have seen their completion!  Before I get into the NSCC and what happened, I figured I'd show off a few fun customs that don't have anything to do with anything else.  (Well, okay - the needle card actually was a partial trade deal for someone to get Jose to sign something for me.) Remember Deflate-Gate?  Someone online wanted me to create something fun for his buddy, so here it is:  A Bill Belichick cut auto with an inflation needle! I was completely done with this, and ... well...the needle wouldn't

Home Alone

My wife and son are up north for the next several days visiting friends.  It has been strange having the house all to myself.  Instead of family activities, I've been filling my time with eating plenty of non organic junk food and catching up on mah stories like FINALLY finishing Parks & Recreation  (though I wouldn't call Parks & Rec rubbish!)  Actual footage of me this week... This also means I have more free time to create custom cards for my collection :)  For the first card, I wanted to do something fun with one of the new Rated Rookie

100 Griffey Rookies Sell Each Day

For the past few years, I've really been trying to wrap my brain around junk wax production numbers and cardboard scarcity in general.  From 1987 to 1992, we have heard numbers anywhere from 1 to 7 million made for nearly every single card.  I try to visualize what that would look like if you and I stood in front of the entire production run of a single solitary junk wax card, and how many of these monster boxes it would take to store them: Y'all, 5,000 cards of a single card is a lot.  If you have collected for a while, you

A HORRIBLY Depressing Saturday

We all know the Easter story.  Jesus died on the cross and rose again on Sunday.  If you are a christian, it should be a big deal, but for most of us, it is not.  To be honest, the first thing that comes to my mind are cadbury eggs and reeces peanut butter eggs.  Seriously, y'all - I could eat those things all day long on Sunday until I'm puking.  Thankfully, I have a wife who would smack me upside the head if I tried. If you have a minute, I wanted to dig in a bit to the lesser remembered

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

OUTRAGED at the 4 new proposed MLB changes for 2018

I have not been a fan of many (any) of the changes that have been happening over the past few years, but 2018 is ridiculous.  This laundry list of garbage is apparently close to being a real thing. The higher ups have paid attention to social trends, and the marketing folks have determined that the viewership will increase dramatically among the 13-21 demographic if games can ultimately be played in under an hour.  These are their attempts to make it happen:   1)  Designated Hitters will be dissolved:  NO!  This is the wrong way.  IMO, if anything, the NL should adopt the

Crazy Triple Booklet Custom

Over the past three years, I've done a lot of different things.  I've tried to do things that card companies have not done before.  There is one thing I've shied away from, and that is using super premium pieces.  It is coming up on two years since I was at Canseco's house, and while I have no shortage of player-worn material, I have not done much in the way of custom cards with premium pieces. The main reason for this is because I simply haven't felt "good enough", so to speak, to cut into a lot of the good stuff

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