My BIGGEST Custom Baseball Card So Far!

I'm super amped about this one - very happy with how it turned out!  It is 6x9 and features multiple jumbo patches of softball superstar Kayla Kindler!  Her dad commissioned me to create this.  Here are some pics, with a video at the bottom!  If you want something cool created for yourself or a loved one, hit me up!  

Meeting an Online Friend in Person for the First Time

Baseball wasn't all that interesting to me in the mid to late 90s.  Sure, I'd check in on the 1998 home run race between McGwire and Sosa, and while I was at it, I'd keep tabs on Canseco, but that was it for the most part.  By the way, I'd check these things through the newspaper.  The internet was just beginning to pick up steam.  Around this time, I thought it was a super intriguing idea to create my own website, though I wasn't sure why.  To have a place in cyberspace where people could visit and get to know

MTV Cribs Style Show Off of My Office!

Over the past couple of years, I found that I enjoy displaying pieces of my collection in my office nearly as much as the pieces themselves!  For the first time, I thought I'd show you my office in 360.  This was inspired by the 11/07/21 podcast episode I just did last night at www.tanmanbaseballfan.com/podcast  If you love baseball cards, transformers, comics, and voltron, I think you'll click with me ... otherwise, you will probably think I'm weird :)   This wall shows my game used / autographed bat of Canseco who hit home run #12 in 1997 with it.  On top

O Bash Brother, Where Art Thou?

Have you ever been in this situation before?  You go on a collecting "purge" to move things you aren't in love with, only to find out you wished you never sold one or two of the pieces in the first place. That's what happened to me when I gave up what I now consider to be the ULTIMATE Bash Brothers baseball card. A little background ... As you probably know, Canseco & McGwire made waves during the 80s and early 90s as the premiere slugging teammates.  Depending upon what your favorite team was, they were either superheroes or supervillains, and

An 1874 Woodcut of America’s longest continuously running sports franchise!

When you watch the game tonight and see the 150 patch on the Braves jerseys, this is why!     Pictured here is an original 1874 woodcut of America's longest continually operating sports franchise, ever. Shown are the champions from Boston, the Boston Red Stockings - who, after a number of name changes and moves, finally became known as the Atlanta Braves.     This original woodcut is from June 27th, 1874 - 3 years after the team was formed - nearly a century and a half ago! It features big names of baseball pioneers such as Harry Wright -