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Using Baseball Cards as Memory Markers

Many of my childhood memories are attached to baseball cards.  I remember one late morning in 1989 going to the house my parents just bought.  We were about to move, and while I don't remember much about that day, I do remember being in the passenger seat with a box of 1989 Topps, and a handful of packs from the movie Eight Men Out.  I was on cloud nine - it is one of my earliest memories being happy.  I remember sitting at the table later that day opening it with my uncle watching the progress.  My gosh, how I

The Incredible Story of 2010 Upper Deck Exquisite

On October 6, 2001, Jose Canseco played his last game in the majors, wrapping up an injury riddled career at the age of 37, while racking up several awards:  Rookie of the Year, 4 Silver Sluggers, 6 All Star Game appearances, 2 World Series rings, and MVP. During his playing career, collectors only had a couple options for picking up a game used patch card of his, as these types of cards were new to the hobby.  Over the next few years after he was out of baseball, companies really started ramping things up, and Canseco collectors were treated to

What is a Supercollector?

Here is a link to my podcast episode regarding this article if you'd rather listen instead of read! Some spell supercollector as one word, others spell it as super collector - no matter which was you use it, it is a fascinating subject. Part of the text below has been taken from my book Confessions of a Baseball Card Addict, but most of it is new content. ANATOMY OF A SUPERCOLLECTOR Me, back in 2015 as a supercollector with eleventy billion Canseco cards I find tremendous enjoyment and satisfaction in having a small collection of cards that I

I Created a Custom Fingerprint Jose Canseco Baseball Card

I've been wanting to do this for YEARS! Several months ago, a buddy of mine picked up a couple baseballs from Carlos, one of Jose's closest friends (a friend of mine as well). Much to my excitement, they had a a fingerprint on them in green ink of the 40-40 man. I've had the baseballs for several months now, and finally got around to creating it. Here is what it looks like along with the ball I haven't done anything yet with!

134 Year Old Treasure Hunt Yields an Exciting Discovery!

Here is a link to the audio from my podcast if you'd like to listen instead, though I do hope you read the article and check out the pictures! https://anchor.fm/tan-man-baseball-fan/episodes/My-134-Year-Old-Discovery-e13sbv8 What I stumbled upon feels like the baseball card version of the Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones all wrapped up into one. Everyone loves a good treasure hunting mystery, and I guess that's why I love baseball card collecting so much.  As a 9 year old, nothing would excite me more than when mom & dad would bring me home a pack of 1989 Donruss or take me to

Huge Mail Day – Bat Barrel Card Showing Point of Impact!

Years ago, I picked up my first bat barrel card.  I was super excited about it, but if I am being honest, I didn't really think much about one bat barrel being better than another.  A few years back, I sold it (along with most of my collection), and jumped out of my skin when I had the chance to pick up my first barrel again - I even have the recording of when it was pulled on Youtube saved on my computer! To me, this card is perfect.  The bat company name and nameplate are perfectly centered, and the

Unlocking the Secret of 2011 Goodwin Champions Using 1/1 King Kelly

In 2011, Upper Deck once again resurrected the 1888 Goodwin Champions name a second time to launch a new set in the same theme from its 123 year old predecessor.  The King Kelly is known to many as the most beautiful baseball card from the 19th century, ever.  It has been said that the artist used a stormy background to go along with Kelly's stormy personality.  The Kelly is the 7th card shown in the pic below: 2011 Goodwin holds a special place for me, as well as a good mystery.  First, as far as I know, it is the

How 19th Century Old Judge & Gypsy Queen Baseball Cards Were Made

To me, searching for a baseball card = treasure hunting.  Can you relate to that? For years, I've written about my treasure hunting finds - I would wait with bated breath for the release of the latest checklist to see if an exciting Canseco card was created. I would (and still do!) get super hyped about a card that was "hot off the presses": Beautiful artwork designed in Photoshop Fresh ink applied to brand new, high gloss card stock by the latest and greatest technology Machines more expensive than my house apply foil, embed a game used relic, and cut

Putting a T205 Gold Border Christy Mathewson Under a Microscope

I've always loved T206 white borders.  The thought of having something to do with my favorite sport/hobby that predates both world wars was always intriguing to me.  Plus, the T206s are the most famous sports cards in history. A tobacco card issue that has always been in the T206's shadow is the 1911 T205 Gold Border.  In spite of the fact that it is numerical before T206, it was actually issued after.  The number designation given by Jefferson Burdick was a reference to the alphabetical order (Gold vs. White). The T205 Gold Border is much rarer than the T206 -

1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig – The Happiest Card Ever Made?

When I first started creating custom cards for my collection, it was mainly because Canseco wasn't found in some of the newer releases that I wished he had been included in.  While creating new cards were fun, I also wanted to try my hand at recreating my favorite player on one of the most iconic cards, ever:  1934 Goudey. About 7 years ago or so, I picked up some 2008 Goudey to draw inspiration from. I absolutely loved the bottom of this.  My wife suggested I create a card with me at the bottom instead! Using this picture ... and