In 1996, Fleer went wild with inserts for their Ultra offering. Among the rarest is the 1996 Ultra Home Run Kings Gold Medallion. Yes, Fleer didn't think inserts were enough - they had to do parallels of the inserts that were quite literally 10x harder to pull! Collectors were treated to a number of inserts, but a standout would be the wood parallel: Home Run Kings. Seeded 1 every 75 packs, the gold medallion could be found 1 every 750 packs. A little detail that probably didn't seem like a big deal at the time has become a huge deal
It's crazy to think that more time has passed since I quit supercollecting Canseco than the entire time I was a Canseco supercollector. Admittedly, it is a bit difficult to quantify exactly *when* I became one. In October 2013, I wrote about how I was going to sell my entire childhood Canseco collection. I loooove one of the things I wrote in that article: Seriously? A serial stalker? Oh, 2013 Tanner - wait until you meet 2014-2018 Tanner LOL. Here's a pic of the bulk of my collection in 2013 that I sold. The biggest card I owned was probably
This may not be news to you, but in 2012, Topps put out an Allen & Ginter insert set called "People of the Bible". It features a great checklist, including my favorite - Jesus! Ed J. sent the entire set to me for free. Thank you so much, Ed! I *love* them! For further research on these guys, you can obviously read the Bible - some folks may be interested in going to www.biblicalarchaeology.org to read up on historical and archaeological facts that support the Bible as well. Happy Easter - He is Risen!
First, today is the 33rd anniversary of collecting baseball cards - so if anyone has any rare Canseco cards to sell, today would be a GREAT day to land a killer Canseco :) Now, onto the story ... 2020 marks the only year Jose doesn't have an autographed parallel superfractor in Stadium Club. This is super ironic, because it is the only Stadium Club photo used for a superfractor of him actually signing things. I am not into getting 1/1s signed myself, but I may make an exception for this one! It made me wonder what cards the
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've probably heard of Old Judge, Gypsy Queen, Allen & Ginter, and Goodwin. But have you heard of Yum Yum Tobacco? If you are not a 19th century baseball card aficionado, the odds are you haven't. They are among the rarest of the rare, and perhaps possess one of the greatest names for a baseball card ever. Yum Yum Tobacco? C'mon! Did the likes of these Wild West types go into a saloon and ask for some "Yum Yum"? I get a kick out of thinking that it may have actually happened. "Git me sum Yum Yum & make it
Have you ever been in this situation before? You go on a collecting "purge" to move things you aren't in love with, only to find out you wished you never sold one or two of the pieces in the first place. That's what happened to me when I gave up what I now consider to be the ULTIMATE Bash Brothers baseball card. A little background ... As you probably know, Canseco & McGwire made waves during the 80s and early 90s as the premiere slugging teammates. Depending upon what your favorite team was, they were either superheroes or supervillains, and
Twenty years ago today, Jose took his last swing in the majors. It is hard to believe that two decades have passed since we have been able to enjoy his handiwork at the plate! It also is crazy to think that he has been retired for longer than he played (1985-2001). If you read this previous article, you know how special patch cards of Jose Canseco that were created during his playing career are to me. There are very few - only two official releases. The 2000 Upper Deck Game Jersey Patch (STILL gives me goose bumps!) ... ... and 2001
"Buy me some peanuts and..." A year and a half ago, I picked up this beautiful 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb. While we 80s babies had to deal with wax stains, World War 1 era collectors dealt with caramel stains from Cracker Jack packages. The staining on this copy is an unobtrusive reminder of its journey - a journey I can only dream about. Imagine a child over a century ago sitting in the stands at a Tigers game holding a package of Cracker Jacks with his favorite baseball player coming up to bat. Between pitches, he digs into the