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2 AM Project – I created a Homer Simpson Custom Card out of Junk Mail

You've heard of junk wax cards ... how about junk mail cards? Have you ever been thankful for a piece of junk mail?  Me neither, that is, until a few days ago.  When it came in, I knew the material looked familiar.  I held it up to a 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary card, and sure enough - it was the same material ... just green! When I started doing customs, I would always look at different materials and wonder to myself what could be used to create customs that would be fun.  No joke, I'd literally be standing in the

Before There Were Baseball Cards

Listening to a good baseball game on the radio is like soul food for my ears.  As a numbers guy, I find myself oftentimes looking up statistics from players and teams while I've tuned in.  My brain will run statistical scenarios on current players to see how they may stack up against our heroes of the past.  Doing this got me to thinking how in tune we are to the game and its players, and how card collecting helps bridge the gap from being a fan to feeling truly connected. On September 1st, Justin Verlander pitched a no-hitter.  I heard

Custom Art Piece Created using Andrew McCutchen’s Dreadlock!

It has been a while since I've posted a custom, and I thought some folks may get a kick out of this so I figured I'd post it! From the charity auction ... The cut dreadlock The pieces ... Front... ...and back! (With embedded MLB authenticated hologram) Hopefully McCutchen will sign on the acetate just under the dreadlock, which will finish the project off quite nicely! Creepy? Cool? Maybe a little of both, but I enjoyed the heck out of putting this one together :)

Video Matching a CRAZY Patch + Insane Haul Show Off!

I guess I'm a Kyle Seager Supercollector now!  Just kidding - these are what I have left over from selling off a crazy collection from a former Kyle Seager Supercollector.  Regardless of who the player is, I always have a blast looking at what eye candy people put up when there are nice, bright pics of crazy patches and such.  Check them out!  Eventually, I'll be selling/trading them all, but for now just wanted to show them off.  My favorite one is at the bottom and shows it being video matched - that was a blast! Last but not least,

PC Holy Grail Alert! When you find a card with a piece of your childhood inside it!

(A video is at the bottom of this article!) If you are like me, you are in the hobby of collecting baseball cards as an adult because you were in it initially as a child.  You may have experienced something you perceived as truly magical in the game of baseball as a child, be it a team, player or game.  Having a memento of sorts, like baseball cards made you feel like you were a part of the game - like you owned something significant.  Opening packs of the new card company Score from 1988 was a thrill.  If you

Here is what I did with the money from my Canseco Supercollection

(A video can be found at the bottom of this article.) What a difference a year can make.  Exactly a year ago, I sat at this very desk, typing up a story telling the world I was calling it quits on supercollecting Canseco.  It was emotional for me, but the response & support were overwhelmingly positive.  Little did I know that life was going to get infinitely more turbulent.  Over the past year, many things in life have happened, primarily my dad passing away, missing him like crazy, having our new son, loving him like crazy and wishing the two

Quick tip! How to get your cards to shine like crazy online!

  If you are like me, you are in love with shiny cards.  If you are also like me, you can be frustrated with how the shine doesn't translate well online.  Let's face it - sharing our cards online has become a big part of our hobby, so for maximum enjoyment, it is always best to give them the greatest shine! For months, I have posted clips that are a few seconds long of me showing the shine of various cards on social media (facebook and twitter) and they have been really well received.  People always ask me how I

FOR SALE! 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter World Champions Complete Non-Baseball Set

1887-88 N28 Allen & Ginter World Champions:  Perhaps the Most Important Set of Sports Cards, Ever. FOR SALE / TRADE! When you think of the most significant sports trading cards in history, what comes to mind?  For your consideration, I submit to you the set that, in many ways, started it all.  A set that is so beautiful, it has heavily inspired of one of the most popular series of cards today that has been running for the last 13 years.  A set that has made true converts of the baseball card collecting world making it acceptable to collect and

2019 Flip Quest Starting with Two PSA 10 Mike Trout Cards

I have really enjoyed collecting cards again even if they don't have the name Jose Canseco printed on them.  It has been years since I have done a Flip Quest, and because I'm looking for other cards nowadays, I thought this would be a fun way to explore what is out there :) WHAT IS A FLIP QUEST? You may be familiar with the concept.  Think, the red paperclip story.  A guy finds one, trades it for something better, and keeps doing this over & over until he gets a house.  I coined the term "Flip Quest" (at least I

2018 Allen Ginter Mini WOOD Hot Case! Help Requested

Over the weekend, I answered an email from someone locally who had a collection of cards they were looking to sell.  I requested some pictures, and most were of the usual junk wax variety, but a lot of it was unopened, so I figured what the heck.  I wasn't looking for anything super exciting, but these are fun at the very least to display.  I drove over to his apartment, and he promptly let me in after I dialed him from the gate.  It was a nice complex, but I was NOT looking forward to making the 3 story climb back