Ladies and Gentlemen, I have done the unthinkable. I have consolidated my three shelves of Canseco cardboardy goodness to ONE single, solitary shelf. Here's what it looked like before: and here is what's left standing ... Don't worry, the others are safe and sound in a box, but as Holly says "It looks much less stalkerish now". I guess that's a win! 2022 has definitely NOT been the year of monster pickups for me. I probably only added 2 or 3 PC cards, and likely none that I'm super wild about. No vintage, no nuthin'. In fact, I sold a
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
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,
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
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?
“You know, it's funny,” Canseco said. “I didn't realize I had shot my own finger off. ... Canseco then attempted to minimize the blood loss by lifting the hand over his head and squeezing on his wrist. He went to find his fiancée and told her, “Listen, I'm sorry, but I just shot my finger off.” In 2014, news broke that Jose Canseco accidentally shot himself in the finger. This all happened in the middle of my negotiations with his manager to do a private signing with him. Jose played on a team in an independent league, and as a promotional item,
A while back, I was doing some spring cleaning, and ran across these gems - they are believed to be my first ever custom cards! How'd I do? Apparently 12 year old Tanner left 41 year old Tanner an Easter egg that I didn't notice until now. Check the copyright on the Sosa LOL As the years progressed, I got a bit better, and found myself creating cards like crazy for my own collection. Eventually, people started commissioning me to do special pieces for their collections, and as gifts for others. I wanted to share a few here that I've
I'm super amped about this one - very happy with how it turned out! It is 6x9 and features multiple jumbo patches of softball superstar Kayla Kindler! Her dad commissioned me to create this. Here are some pics, with a video at the bottom! If you want something cool created for yourself or a loved one, hit me up!
Here is a custom I created of Mark The Bird Fidrych! The left shows the real card I made, the middle is the back, and the right is a photoshopped big bird patch I put in for fun :) The story of Fidrych is a fascinating one. He was a national sensation, who was as attractively eccentric to crowds as he was skilled as a pitcher. In 1976, when The Bird wasn't pitching, Detroit would have about 14k on hand. When he was pitching, the game attendance would swell on average to nearly 34k. Fans would
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!