The Legend of Jim Creighton – 159 Years Ago TODAY

159 years ago TODAY, Jim Creighton, whom many consider baseball's first superstar reportedly had something strange happen to him. As the story goes, he hit a home run, and internally ruptured something, passing away four days later. The events of this fateful day will be argued until the end of time, but nevertheless, it is a great legend.   Creighton is credited as "weaponizing the ball" as a pitcher, that is, he developed a delivery that made it difficult for batters to hit, in a time when pitchers were supposed to pitch so balls could be hit. Creighton drew crowds

Timothy Keefe – 19th Century Baseball Giant in more ways than one!

Tim Keefe is not well known by the average casual baseball fan of today since he died nearly a century ago, but he was a giant in 19th century baseball, in more ways than one. His storied career spanned a very formative time during baseball, with his first year being the last year pitchers pitched from 45 feet away, and his last year being the first year they pitched from 60 ft 6 inches away. His father Patrick was a POW in the Civil War, and all four of Patrick's brothers were killed during the war. Keefe was known by

What is Your Favorite Multi Player Card?

What is YOUR favorite multi player card?   If I had to pick my favorite dual card, I'd say it is this one. I lost out on it a couple years ago, then bought out the guy who beat me. I had never seen one before or since.     Canseco and Clark were front and center for the Battle of the Bay (the 1989 Earthquake World Series) - it was a clash of the titans. If you were a California kid in the late 80s, this was likely your life for a while.   In 2005, the Battle of

1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb – A Historical Art Piece from World War 1

"Buy me some peanuts and..." A year and a half ago, I picked up this beautiful 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb. While we 80s babies had to deal with wax stains, World War 1 era collectors dealt with caramel stains from Cracker Jack packages. The staining on this copy is an unobtrusive reminder of its journey - a journey I can only dream about. Imagine a child over a century ago sitting in the stands at a Tigers game holding a package of Cracker Jacks with his favorite baseball player coming up to bat. Between pitches, he digs into the

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

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

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

Unlocking the Secret of 2011 Goodwin Champions Using 1/1 King Kelly

In 2011, Upper Deck once again resurrected the 1888 Goodwin Champions name a second time to launch a new set in the same theme from its 123 year old predecessor.  The King Kelly is known to many as the most beautiful baseball card from the 19th century, ever.  It has been said that the artist used a stormy background to go along with Kelly's stormy personality.  The Kelly is the 7th card shown in the pic below: 2011 Goodwin holds a special place for me, as well as a good mystery.  First, as far as I know, it is the

How 19th Century Old Judge & Gypsy Queen Baseball Cards Were Made

To me, searching for a baseball card = treasure hunting.  Can you relate to that? For years, I've written about my treasure hunting finds - I would wait with bated breath for the release of the latest checklist to see if an exciting Canseco card was created. I would (and still do!) get super hyped about a card that was "hot off the presses": Beautiful artwork designed in Photoshop Fresh ink applied to brand new, high gloss card stock by the latest and greatest technology Machines more expensive than my house apply foil, embed a game used relic, and cut