This has probably been the longest layoff I've had between writing. A lot has happened, and if you follow me on social media, you know why. I haven't publicly gone into much detail, so for the purpose of telling our story, and for my own therapy, I'm going to keep tapping away here at my keyboard until I can tap away no more. Perhaps most importantly, it is my hope that telling our story in its rawest form will help someone out there who has gone through something similar or who will go through something similar. Before starting, I would
This is a long one, boys and girls! If you like watching videos, check this out on my youtube channel. A while ago on my podcast, I asked my audience what was the ULTIMATE card for their favorite player. We came to the conclusion that there is probably no clear cut winning among many player collectors these days. Some may pick a PSA 10 rookie while others may pick a bat barrel. Still others may select a 98 Crusade Red of their favorite player, or a Superfractor. While the rarities and parallels they pump out these days may feel repetitive,
This may not be news to you, but in 2012, Topps put out an Allen & Ginter insert set called "People of the Bible". It features a great checklist, including my favorite - Jesus! Ed J. sent the entire set to me for free. Thank you so much, Ed! I *love* them! For further research on these guys, you can obviously read the Bible - some folks may be interested in going to www.biblicalarchaeology.org to read up on historical and archaeological facts that support the Bible as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldFEHjjEuvU Happy Easter - He is Risen!
First, today is the 33rd anniversary of collecting baseball cards - so if anyone has any rare Canseco cards to sell, today would be a GREAT day to land a killer Canseco :) Now, onto the story ... 2020 marks the only year Jose doesn't have an autographed parallel superfractor in Stadium Club. This is super ironic, because it is the only Stadium Club photo used for a superfractor of him actually signing things. I am not into getting 1/1s signed myself, but I may make an exception for this one! It made me wonder what cards the
Could you imagine discovering the Old Judge original glass plate negatives from the Vermont Find in the mid 90s? I'll write more on that in a future article, but for now, I thought I'd share a pickup (and custom project) having to do with this find. In this find were photographs developed directly from the glass plate negatives from over 100 years ago. I was able to obtain a photograph of Abner Boyce. Abner Boyce was featured four times in the Old Judge set, and is on the Old Judge "scarce" list. His cards never surface, and it is a
When Topps revived the Allen & Ginter name, they did a remarkable job staying true to the brand, while introducing some really, and I mean realllly cool cards. Metal, stained glass, silk, wood, glow in the dark, rip, framed/not-framed, etc. It seemed to be only a matter of time when Topps would release the hounds, and create a superfractor version. It is something that many have been anticipating for years - the 19th century royal lineage of cardboard was on a collision course with the gold standard of 21st century baseball cards: the superfractor. But could Topps pull it off?
You've probably heard of Old Judge, Gypsy Queen, Allen & Ginter, and Goodwin. But have you heard of Yum Yum Tobacco? If you are not a 19th century baseball card aficionado, the odds are you haven't. They are among the rarest of the rare, and perhaps possess one of the greatest names for a baseball card ever. Yum Yum Tobacco? C'mon! Did the likes of these Wild West types go into a saloon and ask for some "Yum Yum"? I get a kick out of thinking that it may have actually happened. "Git me sum Yum Yum & make it
“You know, it's funny,” Canseco said. “I didn't realize I had shot my own finger off. ... Canseco then attempted to minimize the blood loss by lifting the hand over his head and squeezing on his wrist. He went to find his fiancée and told her, “Listen, I'm sorry, but I just shot my finger off.” In 2014, news broke that Jose Canseco accidentally shot himself in the finger. This all happened in the middle of my negotiations with his manager to do a private signing with him. Jose played on a team in an independent league, and as a promotional item,
2021 has been wild for our hobby. If you are like me, you've experienced some huuuge highs and lows. Since I consider myself a collector of two types of cards (pre-war vintage and Canseco cards) I thought I'd share my favorite pickups of 2021, and want to hear what yours are! For vintage, the clear winner for me is this: 1887 Gypsy Queen Large Mike King Kelly. It is even more appropriate since today is his birthday (Happy 164th bday, 'Kel!) - It isn't just the fact that this is the highest graded example of one of the rarest cards
A while back, I was doing some spring cleaning, and ran across these gems - they are believed to be my first ever custom cards! How'd I do? Apparently 12 year old Tanner left 41 year old Tanner an Easter egg that I didn't notice until now. Check the copyright on the Sosa LOL As the years progressed, I got a bit better, and found myself creating cards like crazy for my own collection. Eventually, people started commissioning me to do special pieces for their collections, and as gifts for others. I wanted to share a few here that I've