My Therapy

The past several months of work have been particularly frustrating.  From server issues, to programmer problems, to hackers, and more.  I'm thankful I have baseball cards and writing as an outlet to relieve the stress.  My wife, on the other hand, had other ideas this week. She decided that she wanted to go to the gun range.  With as much as I don't want to admit it, I've never fired a gun before, so we opted to take an hour lesson to get a handle on shooting and gun safety before buying one.  Our instructor looked and sounded like a

Customs with Premium Relics

This past week has been quite eventful!  I was asked to write my second article for Sports Collectors Daily.  I wrote about how to break down and sell a large collection of cards before your wife kills you.  (Link here to my articles on SCD: ) I was also asked to play a part in a commercial!  The commercial was for an entry in Crash the Super Bowl for Doritos. I wrote about it and put it in some "Off Topic" forums, but figured I'd post it in this blog posting as well. You can check it out here: 

The Collectability of Oddballs, Variations, Fakes & Customs

My memories from when I was 12 and younger are few & far between (or is it far & few between?...I'm gonna stick with the first one.) Many of my memories are marked with things that have to do with baseball and baseball cards. Why? because ... ( cards. Baseball cards measure 2.5x3.5") Fewer still, are the memories that don't have anything to do with baseball. One such memory is with my childhood friend David. I went with his family up into the mountains, and we went wading into the crystal clear water of a brook/river of some sort. I

Is this the future of collecting?

In the late 1990's, I was at a Blockbuster music store, looking for some CD's.  As I looked around at all the listening stations, I thought to myself ... "Just wait.  Soon, we will be able to make our own CD's filled with only the songs we want." I never saw that prophecy fulfilled ... until about 4 weeks ago.  My family and I walked into a christian book store, and believe it or not, there was a station to allow you to add the songs you wanted all onto one CD!  While they just might be about 10 years

My $3 Tribute to Zito / Hudson / Mulder

While I was hunting Canseco cards at the Tri-Star card show over a year ago, I started shuffling through several boxes of el-cheap-o game used cards. They were sectioned off by team, so my first stop was the Athletics, of course. Sadly, they didn't have any Canseco cards at all, but they did have several recognizable names. Zito...Zito...Mulder...Zito....Hudson...Mulder... Hmmm, wait a second. "Excuse me, sir. How much are these each?" The dealer responded with "They are $1 a pop." The wheels in my head started to turn.  I had my hand in a bunch of cheap cards from Oakland's former

Jumbo Cut Signature Booklet – A Year in the Making

For every baseball fan, the ultimate best feeling you can have is when your team makes it to the World Series - and wins.  For me, that point was in 1989 when the Powerhouse Oakland Athletics took their cast of super stars & veterans to beat the Giants. I remember being glued to the television and begging for my parents to put the game on the radio if we had to drive somewhere during game time.  I also remember the earthquake - and feeling it, too. I remember Dave Stewart being virtually un-hittable.  I remember the swagger that Canseco and

A few more 2015 Baseball Season Customs

Due to the positive feedback online, I figured I'd throw up a few more! ARod Does the Unthinkable, and wins fans back Perhaps the greatest "nice" villain baseball has ever seen, ARod had his team and fans hating his guts after being caught for a second time cheating, then was banned for a year.  The 2015 stat-line in everyone's heads coming into April for him would likely be 50 games played while hitting 2 homers, batting .182 resulting in him being benched.  Instead, the bronx bomber surprised everyone and smashed 33 round trippers.  Strangely enough, a large portion of baseball's

The 2015 Baseball Season Expressed in Customs

As a whole, baseball has been painful for me to watch since the 2014 all-star break.  The A's traded away .... well ... everybody.  I don't think I'm alone when I say it hurts to see highlight reels being filled up by Cespedes of the Red Sox ... or is it the Tigers ... or wait ... Mets?  and Donaldson of the Blue Jays. Yeah, I know there are better players out there, but why oh why couldn't they have stayed put? Still, baseball is baseball.  It has its ups and its down.  You roll with the punches.  First, and

Up to my Eyeballs in Alligators

Work-wise, this past week has really eaten my lunch.  I've had all sorts of fires to put out, and am running on very little sleep since Wednesday morning.  For a while, it seemed like one solved issue ushered in 5 more emergency issues.  Not fun! Fortunately, I have some very good programmers and they are tying things up for me.  It has been a long time since I've been neck deep in code, but this week I've been fully immersed in php and mysql.  Fortunately, I do see the light at the end of the tunnel!  I just hope it

Tools of the Trade Custom & New Website

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you have accomplished nothing?  Well, I have had about a month full of them.  Not because I haven't been busy - but because the progress I have been making on everything seems to be so slow.  Heck, I haven't even touched creating a custom for over a month! What started out as a simple checklist upgrade, ended up being a full blown website overhaul.  I was going to write an article of how I transformed my MS Word Document checklist into a fully searchable sortable online database, but