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

2017 Leaf Q Memorabilia Autographs Jose Canseco Rainbow Complete!

I've talked a lot about how impressed I've been with 2017 Leaf Q over the past few months.  For Jose Canseco, they come in three flavors: 2015 Flashback - My favorite by far - simply perfect. Patch Perfect - Nice large patches, tons of beautiful foil, but no picture. Memorabilia Autographs - Nice large swatches with on card autographs and lots of beautiful foil, but no patches. Months before the release, a friend texted me some pictures of Canseco signing several of these before anyone else had ever seen them, and I instantly fell in love. Those are beautiful, but

2017: My Year in Review of Customs, Collection Additions & Events

As 2017 winds down, I wanted to do a review on my collection, customs created and events having to do with this hobby to document the entire year.  2017 was huge for my collection - over 600 cards have been added, over 45 articles have been written and several of my favorite customs have been created.  When all is said and done, I am left with the following list of notable pickups, events & customs.  I have swung and missed on a number of opportunities, but you miss 100% of the pitches you don't swing at, right?  This article isn't about

Vacation Wrap Up

This past month, Mrs. Mouschi and I celebrated 16 years of wedded bliss.  We have been together 18 years and are rapidly approaching that magical time when we will have known each other longer than we haven't.  I still remember her loving words to me many years ago: "Sometimes I wish I were you, so I could be married to such a wonderful person like me."  She is so eloquent! Work has really had me burning the candle at both ends, so for the big 16...we hit Denny's. And we got this: Yes, friends.  This tall glass of water came