The Dragonfly Collection – A high-end trading card customized for you!

Create a high-end trading card of your child, pet, family member, or friend this Christmas!  The Dragonfly Collection is a custom trading card set offering created by Tanner Jones. (Me.  I'm Tanner Jones.)   How does it work?  You send a picture, and "relic" (pretty much anything that can be easily cut!), and I will create a card for you!  Don't want to send anything?  No problem!  I can send you the pieces, so you can have fun by yourself or with a family member to put together your own one-of-a-kind card in a matter of minutes!  If you want to

New Microscope! Let’s Examine an 1888 Baseball Card!

               

100 Pictures of Customs, Nostalgia, Toys, and More! My Year in the Hobby So Far

This has been the longest layoff I've ever had since I've been writing, and there is a reason for it.  We lost our precious baby boy Phoenix recently, and our lives have been turned upside down.  I realize this is a baseball card site, and understand the need to keep the content relevant, but I simply can't go silent for the first time I've posted in a while without saying something.  I won't gush about it here, but for those of you who are interested, as part of my "self prescribed therapy" I've written everything that happened here.   Prayers

In Memory of Our Precious Baby Boy Phoenix

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

You’ve NEVER Seen a Baseball Card Like This Before … Mystery Cabinet FULL of Secrets & Surprises!

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,

Allen & Ginter BIBLE Set?! Jesus has a baseball card!

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. Happy Easter - He is Risen!

Superfractor Mailday and Super Sleuthing!

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

Custom Work on 100+ Yr Old Photo Developed from an Old Judge Glass Plate Negative From Vermont Find

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

Using Canseco’s First Ever A&G Mini Superfractor to Create his first ever Atomic Superfractor!

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? 

1888 Yum Yum Tobacco – The 19th Century Evangelist & The Pirate

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