Mining for Gold … Literally

A few days ago, someone emailed me a list of their baseball cards that they wanted to sell. I took a look over the list, and saw a few cards I was interested in. I called up the seller to ask what he wanted. He mentioned the collection was valued at $20,000 and he was looking for 40 cents on the dollar. I let him know that no one would pay him 40 cents on the dollar, but I would love to take a look at the cards. He seemed a little stand-offish and said he would call me on

A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath, But a Harsh Word Stirs Up Anger…

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may recall a guy I bought some cards off of - I agreed to buy them as long as he brought or sent me his Chrome Red Refractor of Peyton Manning.  That day never came.  Until, that is, this past weekend.  As I was browsing for some cards online, I saw the card for sale with a bunch of other cards.  A Topps Chrome Red Refractor of Peyton Manning.  My Peyton Manning.  This had me FUMING.  Where does this guy get off trying to sell the card that was mine?!?!?  It

Some cool pickups!

So, I've been on a bit of a buying binge!  When I was in San Antonio on vacation with the family, I met up with a guy on the way out of town, on our way home and picked up these beauties:   We will forget the fact that on the way, I backed into a concrete wall.  It's ok - I was only going a few miles an hour, and besides, I didn't buy the cardboard-mobile for her pristine looks!  The back fender was disjointed, and I was bummed, but decided to take a knee to it, and it popped

Mining for Black Diamonds and the Case of the Missing Bautista

Greetings from hot San Antonio!  As I write this, I am in the hotel with my family.  I took them for a vacation to Sea World this 4th of July weekend.  I have been meaning to update my blog, so with my wife passed out on the bed from lack of sleep, and my son on his ipod, I figured this would be the perfect time! This past week has been another busy one.  First off - a few gems!  I picked up a cool small collection of autographs.  A Nolan Ryan autograph, a Tom Seaver vintage autographed baseball, a

My little slice of Puig-Mania

It has been nearly a week since my family have gone anywhere - because we have all been sick as dogs.  Today, we are feeling like we are on the upswing collectively, and decided to run a few errands.  While we were out, I decided to try and catch some Yasiel Puig fever, like I did with Strasburg a few years back.  1 blaster box of 2013 Bowman for $21.50 @ Walmart.  First of all, kudos to Bowman for making clean cards now!  Sorry, but 2011 and before were just plain ugly.  These look slick.  As chants of Yasiel Puig

A Mid-Summer’s Christmas

After buying a huge collection, and dealing with a bunch of other stuff in life, I found myself just last week for the first time, wondering if I should even go to the show this past weekend.  I met Jose Canseco last time ... how can I top that?  Short answer: it can't, and ... it didn't.  As a matter of fact, Friday was probably one of the weaker shows I went to.  I still had fun though.  I brought a few boxes of unopened cards to wheel and deal with.  Within 5 minutes of walking through the doors, a

There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand

For those of you who are in the know, the new season of Arrested Development is coming back tomorrow, after an 8 year haitus on Netflix, and I couldn't be more excited.  The title of this blog is an homage to a famous quote from the show, but it has a double meaning.  Keep reading for more ... A few weeks back, I mentioned I had purchased a 400,000 card collection.  I have since been able to climb into the black with the collection, and have a whole ton of good stuff left over!  Half the fun is sharing my

400,000 Card Haul!

So, this past weekend, a good dealer friend of mine contacted me asking if I was interested in seeing someone's collection.  He said he was not going to be able to make it because he was having some car issues.  Anytime he makes a suggestion, I listen, so I called up the guy to hear what he had.  On the phone, it sounded like the typically over inflated common lot from someone who wanted way too much for everything.  I wanted to try it anyway though, because my dealer friend mentioned something about some 60's cards.  It was hearsay from

Nolan Ryan Rookie Card Mail Day!

Need I say more?   :)  I got this in on a trade/cash deal from one of the deals I did about a month ago.  This deal was done 2 days ago, and it just came in.  This is my first Nolan Ryan rookie I've had, and he is proudly displayed on the left of my monitor, just across from my Jeter SP rookie.  #HappyFriday

My Dream Come True … 20 Years in the Making

20 years ago, at 12 years of age, I sat eagerly in the passenger seat while my mom drove me to the Tri Star card show to meet my childhood hero Jose Canseco.  This was before all the steroid controversy (though, after various dui's, domestic abuse accusations, etc.) - my folks said over and over again that I sure could pick 'em as far as heroes go.  Mom and I got to the line and asked the following question: "Do you want to have your picture taken with Jose for $50?"  DO I EVER!!!!!  But, money was tight, so we