BIGGEST Mailday/Week Ever! Pre-War Collection Reboot

If you are reading this anywhere near the time I have published this article, you may have a number of fears and concerns.  The Coronavirus has certainly changed the world we live in - at least temporarily.  As a baseball fan, one concern that afflicts you but maybe not anyone else around you is the delay of the season. As baseball fans, we endure the long, hard road from November until Spring Training.  When it gets here, it is like a breath of fresh air.  This is not something that has been afforded to us yet, so we wait with

1991 Upper Deck CHROME Prototype Sample?!?!

Whenever a prototype from the junk wax era pops up, it is huge news.  People *LOVE* new takes on cards from their childhood, and this one is no exception. A little over three years ago, I wrote about a 1991 Upper Deck Chrome prototype (I wrote a HUGE article - it is mentioned at the bottom) and how I was able to get my hands on one.  Why reinvent the wheel?  I'll go ahead and just repost what I wrote there, here, from January 2017 ... and then pick up where I left off afterward: ================ One of the most innovative

Sunday, Billy Sunday

On the Blowout forums, someone made a post asking about what card brings you joy.  I LOVE this topic - while the entire hobby brings me joy, I thought I'd put a spotlight on one card in particular. Rather than gush about a Canseco card, I wanted to show my most meaningful non Canseco. As a kid, I read a book called Billy Sunday: Baseball Preacher. I remember nothing about the book itself, but as someone who loves both Jesus and baseball, this clicked with me. The cover of the book had a mock 1956 Topps card if I recall

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

Biggest Mailday Ever? You Decide!

I'm about to show not one, not two, but THREE epic cards that have come into my collection ... on the same day! A few weeks back, Gary Carter supercollector Anthony Cali reached out to me to let me know someone had this beauty: This is a big, huge deal.  Rawlings shirt sleeve cards are extremely rare for Canseco.  Not all jerseys have them, and when they do, they typically account for one or two of the tiny squares that card companies cut jerseys up into. I did a quick & dirty measurement on a jersey by spreading it out

My Jose Canseco Collection – In a Three Part Video Series!

Call it off-season depression, or whatever you want, but I am going through baseball withdrawal and figured now would be a good time to do what I've been wanting to do for quite a while.  I've been looking forward to putting together a video series of my Canseco collection post-supercollectordom.  I can hardly believe it, but it has been a year and a half since I stopped my relentless search for each and every card depicting the 40-40 man.  Time flies when you are having fun ... and having a baby :) BTW, Beckett is six months old today, and

PC Holy Grail Alert! When you find a card with a piece of your childhood inside it!

(A video is at the bottom of this article!) If you are like me, you are in the hobby of collecting baseball cards as an adult because you were in it initially as a child.  You may have experienced something you perceived as truly magical in the game of baseball as a child, be it a team, player or game.  Having a memento of sorts, like baseball cards made you feel like you were a part of the game - like you owned something significant.  Opening packs of the new card company Score from 1988 was a thrill.  If you

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

Full Jose Canseco Topps Rookie Cup Rainbow Set Complete!

It took 2 years, but I finally completed it! 2016 Topps 65th Anniversary 1987 Rookie Cup    Shown below are the only 1/1 rookie cup autographs made (so far, that is - just wait until this time in 3 years and there will probably be 20 more  ) Here they are shown with the autographed 1/1 in the middle: The last card that came in was the yellow. I ran a poll on what the least liked plate was, and overwhelmingly it was yellow. I can honestly say I was much more excited about the yellow coming in than the regular 1/1 

Collecting Milestone Achieved!

As I found out a couple years ago, March 12th marks the anniversary of collecting.  I found an old journal from elementary school at my parent's house that said as much: Since today marks the 29th anniversary of when I discovered my love for cardboard, I thought it would be a good time to show off my latest collecting milestone: It is important to note that I didn't REALLY start on my Canseco collection until 2014, so the below is the result of four years of laser focus - much of this, I can thank many of you for pointing me in