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In Memory of My Dad

For those of you who didn't have a pleasure of knowing him the way my family did, I'd like to tell you a little bit about my dad. Duane Jones was born on August 12th, 1954.  If you knew him as a child, you may have pitied him.  He had a rough childhood, enduring abuse and neglect.  He even lived in a tent on the beach for a while.  As a teenager, you may have known him as a druggie, a thief and a street racer.  His car was equipped with a police scanner, which would be useful to "exit stage right" if

Canseco Card Curator Cries Card Collecting Can Curb Counting Calories

My name is Tanner, and I love food.  Growing up, I simply didn't know calories existed, so I didn't know they mattered...until I became an adult.  Boy, did I come to an ugly realization of what happens when you replace playing basketball with a desk job!  Weight can be put on quickly.  Especially if you weren't living at home with mom & dad telling you an IV drip of Dr. Pepper isn't exactly an ideal lifestyle choice.  Goodness ... A McDonalds Supersized #4 with Dr Pepper easy ice while watching a movie ... perfection! Don't lie to yourself and say that

How to Sell a Collection of Baseball Cards

If you knew me before I created customs and "The Canseco years", you knew me as a writer / reseller / pseudo dealer.  I'd drive around town and buy massive collections, then load the cards up in my cardboard mobile (my minivan) - the ultimate test for the shocks and wheel well clearance.  I'd then take pictures, write about the experience and sell. Out of the millions of cards I've done deals for, my Canseco collection is certainly on another level. It has definitely been my biggest sales undertaking from a value perspective - especially considering I haven't done a whole

The 1,622 Day Wait is Over

Do you remember what you were doing in 2014?  I remember I was contemplating supercollecting my childhood hero Jose Canseco.  Players like Jose Abreu and Yasiel Puig were dominating baseball.  Obama was our president, my son 11 years old, a foot shorter than me and his voice was about 3 octaves higher than it is now. Another thing that I was doing was waiting for a redemption.  A 2014 Topps Strata jersey / auto #/25 of Jose Canseco, to be exact.  A collector from Sweden reached out to tell me he had the redemption card for sale.  Rather than spend a

Selling Canseco: 33 Days Later

Part of me wanted to give a daily update on how things were going, but frankly, it has been a whirlwind since I announced my retirement on June 30th.  The massive amount of time I used to spend obsessively checking eBay, the forums and social media for Canseco cards I didn't have, has not been replaced with naps and leisurely lounging poolside.  No, it has been replaced with quoting prices, accepting payments, pulling cards, packing them up, driving to USPS and ghosting them from the website.  I have just crossed the one month mark a few days ago of not

Radicards Video Interview

Patrick of www.Radicards.com recently sat down with me to discuss a bit of my hobby history.  I had a lot of fun talking with him as always.  Mayhaps a little too much fun, as it was over 1 hour and 20 minutes long!  :) Check it out!

Selling Canseco: Day 2

Day two picked up where day one left off:  shipping out LOTS of cardboard.  I have to say, a part of me is having a lot of fun filling people's want lists.  Whether it is the stack of Pinnacle Museum cards going out to a collector in Sweden, or several blank back cards to a collector of errors.  Heck, even those who were just starting their collecting journey and decided to pick up some cards that more advanced collectors wouldn't think twice about.  I guess you can say that I'm happy so far that everything seems to be going to

Selling Canseco – Day One

To say the first 24 hours after "going public" with the information has been a whirlwind would be an understatement. I ended up spending from Saturday evening all the way until late last night, fielding questions and taking orders. Here is one of my favorite requests: ThoseBackPages wrote me saying he wanted to purchase my 1986 Donruss Highlights PSA 10, but on one condition. I had to sign it directly on the case. On the front. In green. Here it is! Topps sketch artist Mike James reached out saying the following, which I got a kick out of: Out of

Exit Interview: I’m Retiring from Collecting Canseco and Selling Out

  To say a lot has transpired over the past couple of weeks would be a vast understatement.  To make a long story short, (trust me, the long story is below!) 1)  I have decided to quit collecting Jose Canseco baseball cards (Video of the explanation is below). 2) I'm selling my collection. 3)  I'm writing a book about my hobby experiences.  Please let me know if you are interested in reading it! While I fully understand most of you will not care a lick about this, I also know some folks out there would like to know why.  Plus, I feel

When Baseball Cards became Transformers

Transformers!  Robots in disguise! Weren't transformers the coolest?  I loved them.  I never caught on with the new movies, but man let me tell you - the toys were awesome. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why these next baseball cards I'm about to show are so interesting to me.  My latest wax excursion has been so, so, SO much more about the packs, boxes and displays, than the cards themselves.  This next haul really takes the cake for me.  I grabbed a 1986, 1987 and 1989 Donruss counter top display case.  I don't know why I hadn't seen these