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

Filling a Void

As a focused card collector, you probably appreciate checklists.  You might actually live and die by them.  It gives you something to shoot for - there is a tangible finish line, so to speak.  With the invention of 1/1's and crazy amounts of parallels, that finish line has become all but a mirage, like an oasis in a desert.  As collectors, what are we to do?  Well, you can go one of two ways. 1) Self-imposed limits - Since having 100% of the cards of a player or team is impossible now, I've seen many people say they will ONLY

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

Errors & Variations: A Love Story

THE SUMMER OF 1990 Monday Morning: (Line trilling....) Dealer: Thahhh Bullpen!? (I loved how Mike the dealer would say this - he would start in a normal voice, but would drop and octave between the 2 words and raise his voice back up to make "The Bullpen" sound like a question.)  Me:  Uhmmm...Yes.  Hi.  I was wondering...I have a 1990 Fleer Felix Jose, and his bat is covering some of the A's Logo.  Is that an error card? Dealer:  No, it isn't. Tuesday Morning: Dealer: Thahhh Bullpen!? Me:  Uhhhmmm...Hi!  I noticed that the 1990 Mother's Cookies Will Clark shows him