When a Grail Card of Your Favorite Player Doesn’t Exist

There are grail cards in the hobby that I'm halfway happy Canseco wasn't in for fear of how much it would cost, and halfway wish that he was because they are so beautiful. The 97 Finest Gold Refractor is a prime example of this. I finally decided to create one of my own. Here it is, complete with deckle edge, and atomic refractive properties!

Canseco’s FIRST Official Auto Patch Card – 2002 Leaf Certified Fabric of the Game /10

What is Canseco's first official A's patch card? What is Canseco's first official auto/patch card? What is Canseco's first official A's auto/patch card?   You are looking at it! Months after Jose announced his retirement, 2002 Leaf Certified Fabric of the Game was released. Though Canseco hadn't played for the A's for five years, Leaf decided to create a card of him on the team he was best known for. This version, though serial numbered to /33, gave something extra special to the first /10 holders: a signature! Out of those /10, some had patches embedded, while others had white

My Honus Wagner Rookie Turns 122 Years Old Today!

As we all know by now, the rightful spot of the #1 highest selling card once again belongs to a T206 Wagner which just sold for $6.6 million dollars. Days prior, Nicholas Cage sold his house for $6 million.  It is amazing to think that someone paid more money for a little piece of cardboard than a beautiful massive mansion owned by an A list celebrity.  (That would TOTALLY be me to go for the cardboard!) While it is the most expensive and famous card on the planet, did you know, the T206 is not Wagner's rookie?  His rookie was

Canseco’s 1988 World Series Grand Slam Cards

10-15-88: Kirk Gibson did something big. I don't quite recall, but that's not important. Blah. Earlier in that game, the legend of Jose Canseco grew when he hit his first ever grand slam on the biggest stage in the world of baseball: Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. The Home Run wasn't run of the mill, either. It was a 400ft line drive missile to straight away center field, and actually dented the NBC camera it hit! (Here's a video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxLrDqpwYn8 ) In 2003, Topps commemorated this missile grand slam by creating a Canseco card for it.

I Created Four Custom Jumbo Patches for my Collection

Recently, I was shown an amazing collection of jumbo patch cards of various players.  I *LOVE* jumbo patch cards - the problem is that my favorite player doesn't have too terribly many of them, and far fewer logo jumbo patch cards.  I thought I'd "go back to my roots" and create some cards of my main dude inspired by designs of sets I wished he was in - as you can see, I amped them up quite a bit too :)  It has been a while - here they are! Obviously, these aren't game used patches, but they still mean

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