400,000 Card Haul!

So, this past weekend, a good dealer friend of mine contacted me asking if I was interested in seeing someone's collection.  He said he was not going to be able to make it because he was having some car issues.  Anytime he makes a suggestion, I listen, so I called up the guy to hear what he had.  On the phone, it sounded like the typically over inflated common lot from someone who wanted way too much for everything.  I wanted to try it anyway though, because my dealer friend mentioned something about some 60's cards.  It was hearsay from

Nolan Ryan Rookie Card Mail Day!

Need I say more?   :)  I got this in on a trade/cash deal from one of the deals I did about a month ago.  This deal was done 2 days ago, and it just came in.  This is my first Nolan Ryan rookie I've had, and he is proudly displayed on the left of my monitor, just across from my Jeter SP rookie.  #HappyFriday

My Dream Come True … 20 Years in the Making

20 years ago, at 12 years of age, I sat eagerly in the passenger seat while my mom drove me to the Tri Star card show to meet my childhood hero Jose Canseco.  This was before all the steroid controversy (though, after various dui's, domestic abuse accusations, etc.) - my folks said over and over again that I sure could pick 'em as far as heroes go.  Mom and I got to the line and asked the following question: "Do you want to have your picture taken with Jose for $50?"  DO I EVER!!!!!  But, money was tight, so we

Trade of the Day

I don't do much trading, but I had reached out to a guy online who was selling his collection.  As it turns out, it was a guy who I had setup next to at a card show I was at.  He had a bunch of older wax and sets he was trying to get rid of.  He brought up the "x-factor" that all of us collectors have to deal with:  The wife. He mentioned that if he sold his collection, his wife would probably end up taking the money, so he'd like to keep it fun, and just keep it

66 Boxes/Sets in 2 weeks … and LOTS more … Comics

Well friends - it has been about 2 weeks since I acquired the massive lot of unopened stuff, and I am down to 249 boxes.  While I have plenty left, 66 boxes have flown the coup!  I have had fun opening some, and trying out different ways to sell.  I sold a few pack lots to some folks online, who promptly requested upgrades to 25 pack lots, got them, loved them, and are asking for more when money comes in.  Would you like to try a pack lot? I sold some online, and locally, too.  One of the online guys is

315 Unopened Boxes of NEW Cards – And You Can Get in On it Too!

Over this past week, I ended up purchasing a mammoth amount of unopened boxes, sets and cases of sports cards!  Heck, I even ended up grabbing a case of Star Wars the Clone Wars cards.  This has been something of a ritual for the past 3 years - buy out a boat load of unopened stuff, resell a ton, open some, and everyone has a blast.  I'm opening up this opportunity to you, the reader of my blog.  There are several ways you can get your hands on this stuff.  First, is by telling me what you want by the

Strasburg Mania All Over Again!

I remember that night well ... it was 2010.  Everyone kept talking of this Strasburg dude, and he hadn't even pitched a single game in the bigs yet.  As I contemplated the greatness of Strasburgmania, and almost subconciously was a bit jealous that I didn't participate, I began to give excuses.  "It's speculation ... he may never make it.  I don't want to waste money!"  Then I got to thinking. "He has a baseball card out ... in bowman....doesn't Walmart and Target sell Bowman???" So out the door I went to scrounge up all the 2010 bowman I could get. 

Yet Another Massive Comic Purchase

With how much I hated the idea of having a minivan years ago, I can't tell you how happy I am to have one now.  Almost exactly a month ago, I reached out to a lady who was selling her comic books.  She mentioned she had tons of long boxes filled with DC comics that were all bagged and boarded.  The price was on the high side for me, so while considering that collection, I ended up getting the collection I posted about before, which the majority has since moved on to a comic shop out of town, and various

Cardboard Alchemy

Cardboard Alchemy:  noun - The art of turning cardboard into gold.  Don't you just love it?  For some reason, I find extreme satisfaction of buying low, selling higher, *and* having left over cards.  Two weeks ago, I bought a killer Albert Pujols collection.  Pujols is my favorite player.  I love watching him hit, and I love what he does off the field.  Through a few avenues online, I was able to sell two cards in the collection to get a third of my money back, sell the bulk of it a week later to break even (this morning), and sold

Garage Sale Finds and Mailday Goodness

So, my wife took the kiddos to sell some popcorn for cub scouts and was kind enough to let me go out on my maiden solo voyage to hit up the garage sales.  I picked up a few Astros jerseys for $7.50 each, an oil painting for $2, and hit up an estate sale, which yielded 2 vehicles full of stuffed and mounted ducks for a phenomenal price.  But that has nothing to do with cards, so I won't go into all that mess.  Let's get to the main event!  I pulled up to this one sale, and saw some