I bought a fake!

Not too long ago, I was perusing eBay and found something truly amazing.  An 1871 Harry Wright pocket watch inscribed to him.  I was head over heels in love with it, and decided to bid.  I lost.  Reeling from the loss, my spirits were picked up again by finding this beauty: The casual baseball fan may not know who Jack Glasscock is, but he was a star in the 19th century.  In fact, his 1888 Goodwin baseball card is quite possibly my favorite card from the 19th century!  I was able to win this piece, and was excited to display

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

1919 W514 Babe Ruth Curse of the Bambino Baseball Card!

I picked this up a couple months ago, but have been waiting until the 100th year anniversary to the day! I'm still jumping out of my skin excited about it :) 1919 W514 Babe Ruth! I made a graphic detailing what is so special about it as shown below: This card has flown way under the radar given its historical significance and who it is of. It is nowhere near the most popular Babe Ruth card (though I think it should be up there) - heck - it isn't even the most popular card in the set! That honor goes

My latest article published in Beckett Monthly – Baseball Cards Shrouded in Mystery!

Check out my latest article published in Beckett Sports Monthly!  I put together a video shown below to supplement it as well:

Before There Were Baseball Cards

Listening to a good baseball game on the radio is like soul food for my ears.  As a numbers guy, I find myself oftentimes looking up statistics from players and teams while I've tuned in.  My brain will run statistical scenarios on current players to see how they may stack up against our heroes of the past.  Doing this got me to thinking how in tune we are to the game and its players, and how card collecting helps bridge the gap from being a fan to feeling truly connected. On September 1st, Justin Verlander pitched a no-hitter.  I heard

Video Matching a CRAZY Patch + Insane Haul Show Off!

I guess I'm a Kyle Seager Supercollector now!  Just kidding - these are what I have left over from selling off a crazy collection from a former Kyle Seager Supercollector.  Regardless of who the player is, I always have a blast looking at what eye candy people put up when there are nice, bright pics of crazy patches and such.  Check them out!  Eventually, I'll be selling/trading them all, but for now just wanted to show them off.  My favorite one is at the bottom and shows it being video matched - that was a blast! Last but not least,

Here is what I did with the money from my Canseco Supercollection

(A video can be found at the bottom of this article.) What a difference a year can make.  Exactly a year ago, I sat at this very desk, typing up a story telling the world I was calling it quits on supercollecting Canseco.  It was emotional for me, but the response & support were overwhelmingly positive.  Little did I know that life was going to get infinitely more turbulent.  Over the past year, many things in life have happened, primarily my dad passing away, missing him like crazy, having our new son, loving him like crazy and wishing the two

Quick tip! How to get your cards to shine like crazy online!

  If you are like me, you are in love with shiny cards.  If you are also like me, you can be frustrated with how the shine doesn't translate well online.  Let's face it - sharing our cards online has become a big part of our hobby, so for maximum enjoyment, it is always best to give them the greatest shine! For months, I have posted clips that are a few seconds long of me showing the shine of various cards on social media (facebook and twitter) and they have been really well received.  People always ask me how I

1998 E-X Essential Credentials and the Importance of Online Presentation

Have you ever had a card that looks ugly on the computer, yet when you see them in hand, they look incredible?  I've had it both ways, but nothing as eye popping as these:  The 1998 E-X Essential Credentials parallels.  Tidel144 posted online that baseballcardpedia.com had been updated, most notably (to me) the E-X set.  They are doing the Lord's work over there, and I gotta give them props! I have always been curious about a few things from the E-X cards, so here is essentially (credentially) a run down from their site.  The 101 card set was ordered by placing

$1,000 + PSA 10 common card prices! Will they hold their value?

For starters, we'll use 1986 Topps as our subject.  The black portion of the card at the top can make it a bit difficult to find a PSA 10 worthy card, but since it is a junk wax era card, you have millions of shots at each card. A fellow collector that goes by the name of jordangretzkyfan has a quest to build PSA 10 sets of all the 80s sets by busting box after box.  He has documented it here and it has been a real treat to follow.  Many times, it looks as though he can open an entire box,