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,

Lost at Sea & Dying of Thirst – My Tri-Star Card Show Review & Musings

The Tri Star baseball card show is in town this weekend, and I decided to take Atticus on Friday to check it out.  I wasn't sure exactly what to expect since it has been a couple years since I last went, but I had visions of going through dollar boxes and pulling out some fun 90s-00s inserts & parallels for my binder.  I've been working on this binder for the past month or two - not with any fervor whatsoever, but just grabbing some fun cards that I love.  Here is the first page of it : On the way

The $107,868 Lesson, My Book, and Starting Over

If you haven't noticed, I haven't been very active anywhere online for a while.  In fact, November marks the first month in SEVEN YEARS that I didn't write at least one article.  There is a reason for that.  In October, my family suffered a terrible loss by losing my father.  Life tends to stand still when something like this happens - especially when you are as close to someone like we all were to him.  While things are getting better a little day by day, dad passing away left a huge hole in all of our hearts. We are very

Canseco Card Curator Cries Card Collecting Can Curb Counting Calories

My name is Tanner, and I love food.  Growing up, I simply didn't know calories existed, so I didn't know they mattered...until I became an adult.  Boy, did I come to an ugly realization of what happens when you replace playing basketball with a desk job!  Weight can be put on quickly.  Especially if you weren't living at home with mom & dad telling you an IV drip of Dr. Pepper isn't exactly an ideal lifestyle choice.  Goodness ... A McDonalds Supersized #4 with Dr Pepper easy ice while watching a movie ... perfection! Don't lie to yourself and say that

How to Sell a Collection of Baseball Cards

If you knew me before I created customs and "The Canseco years", you knew me as a writer / reseller / pseudo dealer.  I'd drive around town and buy massive collections, then load the cards up in my cardboard mobile (my minivan) - the ultimate test for the shocks and wheel well clearance.  I'd then take pictures, write about the experience and sell. Out of the millions of cards I've done deals for, my Canseco collection is certainly on another level. It has definitely been my biggest sales undertaking from a value perspective - especially considering I haven't done a whole

Radicards Video Interview

Patrick of www.Radicards.com recently sat down with me to discuss a bit of my hobby history.  I had a lot of fun talking with him as always.  Mayhaps a little too much fun, as it was over 1 hour and 20 minutes long!  :) Check it out!

Selling Canseco – Day One

To say the first 24 hours after "going public" with the information has been a whirlwind would be an understatement. I ended up spending from Saturday evening all the way until late last night, fielding questions and taking orders. Here is one of my favorite requests: ThoseBackPages wrote me saying he wanted to purchase my 1986 Donruss Highlights PSA 10, but on one condition. I had to sign it directly on the case. On the front. In green. Here it is! Topps sketch artist Mike James reached out saying the following, which I got a kick out of: Out of

Exit Interview: I’m Retiring from Collecting Canseco and Selling Out

  To say a lot has transpired over the past couple of weeks would be a vast understatement.  To make a long story short, (trust me, the long story is below!) 1)  I have decided to quit collecting Jose Canseco baseball cards (Video of the explanation is below). 2) I'm selling my collection. 3)  I'm writing a book about my hobby experiences.  Please let me know if you are interested in reading it! While I fully understand most of you will not care a lick about this, I also know some folks out there would like to know why.  Plus, I feel

One Year Older – My Birthday Post

Today I turn 38.  For those of you who are adults, you probably remember growing up thinking MAN!  There are people my age playing major league baseball now!  A decade further, you think DANG!  This rookie crop is a DECADE younger than I am!  10 years later, you desperately look up and down the active rosters to see ANY familiar name from when you were younger. Thank you for still being around, Bartolo Colon. Ken Griffey Jr., Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas ... all are long gone.  At 38, not only is that one step closer to 40; it