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1988 San Jose Mercury News Baseball Cards – These are COMPLETELY new to me!

I don't know if I have ever come across a licensed Jose Canseco card that I didn't know of.  That is what makes this so exciting to me.  A few years back, a Mark McGwire collector reached out to me on Twitter asking if I heard of the 1988 Mercury News Mark McGwire.  It was completely new to me, so I asked more about it, and he said the 1988 San Jose Mercury News apparently ran a full page on the inside of the sports section of their news paper one day in 1988.  To his knowledge, he said he

When Mainstream Baseball Cards (Almost) Went International

In 1992, Ace Novelty (the maker of those ugly looking trolls) was primed to compete with Topps, Fleer, Donruss, etc. and go even further, by expanding into international markets. A small prototype set was made to show them.  The minuscule run of cards was handed out to a little league team that one of the guys at Ace was involved with.  Ultimately, the MLB rejected giving them a license at the 11th hour.  The actual cards that got out in the public appear to be a great big ... "oops!", and were given out with the assumption that the MLB

Story Time Tuesday

Story time Tuesday! Ahhh, that first time I saw a Topps buyback! It was, I believe, around the end of 2015 ... 1988 Topps, a little off center. I was AMPED! Then another popped. Then another. Then another. About a week into the release, it was clear that buybacks were no longer "rare". Topps was grabbing piles of base cards, having players sign them, while they stamped and slabbed them. At the end of my supercollecting journey, I amassed 115 different Topps Archives Signature Series Canseco cards ... MANY of them being numbered to 5 or less. When I sold out,

How Baseball Cards Were Made in the 19th Century

I have loved the game of baseball (and cards!) since I was little.  Nothing has captivated me quite like it.  Well ... maybe when I first learned of dinosaurs.  I guess that's why 19th century baseball - and its artifacts intrigue me so much.  Each time I learn something from that time period, I savor it.  Doing an "online archaeological dig" brings up many things about the sport I love so much that I never knew about.  The online community is captivated by the likes of Trout, Acuna and Soto, but many cannot name a single player from before 1900

When I Fell in Love with 90s Cards

When I came back to the hobby about 15 years ago, like most, I set out to capture the cards of my youth.  I completely missed the 90s insert & parallel craze ... in its entirety.  Eventually, I was seduced by game used cards, and ultimately ended up becoming a pseudo dealer.  Over the next several years, I bought & sold cardboard of all types, while becoming educated on the various different types that were created during my hiatus. In 2013, I picked up a 90's collection, and like all other collections, I split it up and sold them.  Then

40th Birthday Jose Canseco Mailday!

So, today, May 9th, I turn 40.  I'm not sure what's harder to believe - my age, or that in a week, I am going to have a 1 year old!  One thing remains the same, though:  My lover for baseball cards! It has been quite a while since I've had a meaningful Jose Canseco mailday.  This one, my friends, is a doozy!  It consisted of 11 cards total, but I will only show three here, so I don't drone on.  I would like to spend some time on each to talk about their meaningfulness to me. 2005 SP Legendary

Am I Trustworthy?

Recently, I ended up selling my entire wax box collection to someone.  Naturally, he wanted to make sure I was legit (who wouldn't?) before making such a huge deal like this, so he posted up a question on the sportscard scammers page on Facebook asking if anyone had any dealings with me.  The results gave me a real kick, so I thought I'd share it here! It is always nice to hear so many people say so many nice things about you, so screenshotting them and saving them on my website is something I definitely wanted to do before it

Trading Trout for Mantle?!

Last year, I was on a kick to discover various parts of the hobby, one of which included PSA graded rookies of the newer guys.  On April 8th, 2019, I got in a card that I just couldn't get out of my head:  A 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout Diamond Anniversary PSA 10.  Like many, I have several "I wish I didn't sell" Mike Trout horror stories, and worried I was buying at its peak, but thought it still had quite a bit of room to grow - I was right! Eventually, I sold all my modern PSA stuff, except

BIGGEST Mailday/Week Ever! Pre-War Collection Reboot

If you are reading this anywhere near the time I have published this article, you may have a number of fears and concerns.  The Coronavirus has certainly changed the world we live in - at least temporarily.  As a baseball fan, one concern that afflicts you but maybe not anyone else around you is the delay of the season. As baseball fans, we endure the long, hard road from November until Spring Training.  When it gets here, it is like a breath of fresh air.  This is not something that has been afforded to us yet, so we wait with

Creating Custom Rainbow Albert Pujols Extensions

Today marks the 31st anniversary of when I started collecting baseball cards, so I decided to have some fun! Things have gotten a little crazy these days with rainbows, but I can completely understand the allure of them.  As collectors, we oftentimes want to collect until completion.  Whether that is an insert set, full set, team set or even whatever theme we want to go after.  Having a goal to complete something - and completing it - feels good.  It gives our hobby some sense of purpose. Here is a rainbow I'm working on currently - I still need the