Well, folks - I am overwhelmed. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all of you who have helped me on my flip quest. For all the deals I have made so far, half of you have given me freebies! I certainly do appreciate it. Many times whenever I do a deal with someone, I try to slip in a free unopened pack of cards ... why?Because everyone loves to open cards, right?  It reminds me of a guy came over a while ago to look at some cards I was selling, and we agreed with each other - ain't nuthin'

Mailday – You aren’t gonna BELIEVE this one!

As many of you know, I started my Flip Quest for my 89 UD Puig. The first offer I had was from a dealer friend of mine. I turned down the deal, but went ahead and sent him a Puig anyway, just for the heck of it. Well, yesterday, he went ahead and sent me a little "mystery" package to deal for the Puig. I looooooove mystery packages.  To make things better, he sent me a pic of this package just before he sent it out, like I did to him.    Do you see how many stamps are on

A few Customs and a Trash Bag full of Scrap

Ladies and gentlemen, this is currently what you see in my office, just next to my desk: I can hear you thinking "Hmmmm, I wonder how many complete custom sets he has made from all this." Nope.  Just nope.  I swear, if I were an ice carver, you could give me a metric ton of ice, and I'd be lucky if I could carve out a thimble.  Yeah, I'm the one who, in elementary school was cutting something out with scissors, kept getting one side crooked, and compensated by doing the other side ... only to make that side crooked,


Yesterday was busy.  Very busy.  On top of it all, we got ready for my son's friend to come over for a sleepover.  I call him Ci-Ci's because, my wife is a health nut and is okay with going to Ci-Ci's pizza whenever his friend comes over.  My, how I love me some Ci-Ci's Pizza! If you do not go any further in this posting, allow me to impart some life altering knowledge to you:  The next time you are at your nearest cardboard pizza buffet, ask them to make you cheesy bread.  NOT the stuff they already have on

Roberto Clemente

One of my next projects might be a nice run of Roberto Clemente cards.  As you know, Clemente passed away quite a while ago.  You also probably know that he was one heck of a baseball player. Did you know though, that he hit number 3,000 for his career in the last regular game he ever played?  Yup, he had exactly 3,000 hits.  I think that is just so amazing.  It kind of makes me bummed out thinking about Gehrig, and how he was only 7 shy of 500 homers.  Clemente getting 3,000 smack dab on the button?  Awesome! It

Customs – Atomic, Cracked and Canary Goodness

So, the last few days have been very, very exhausting and frustrating.  I have been trying out many different methods to get the desired look *just right* for my newest customs. Before I go any further, I'm going to remind you who is writing this.  Me.  The crazy dude who collects that one dude who had a ball hit off his head and go into the stands for a homer.  The guy who put the spotlight on the whole steroids thang, and hurt the generation of ballplayers I grew up watching of going into the hall of fame.  Well hey,

Custom Card with some Easter Eggs!

Easter is around the corner, and I thought it would be appropriate to toss some easter eggs into my most recent PC item:  A 2013 Topps Jose Canseco (duh!) - autograph prototype  1/1 SSP.  :) This one was a doozie, as I was practicing all kinds of different methods, papers, techniques, etc.  I have finally risen from the card stock, cutters and recovered from the adhesive vapors to tell the story. One of my first customs was a 2013 Jose Canseco A's card.  Just a plain, base white card.  I enjoyed it, but wanted to do refractors and a super.