A Boy and His Collection – A Parable

Here is a parable that I wrote!  I draw this partially from personal experience, but think and hope you all can connect with this too. Listen to the audio version here!   Let me tell you a story of a little boy who went exploring with his family in the woods. Once upon a time, a family took a trip to go hiking in the woods.  They happened upon a stream of cold, crystal clear water.  The little boy was fascinated by the shallow stream, and crouched down to get a better look at the bed of the stream.  What he

Showing off my Custom Transformers Collection

I'm known for TL;DR articles, so I have posted the pics of my collection first, and posted the article below them.  If you love reading back stories and such, I hope you enjoy it.  If you just love eye candy, no hard feelings :)  Note the tag "Tanner Toys Collection" is to pay homage to an idea my parents had decades ago - they always thought it would be cool to start a toy store called Tanner Toys.  It never happened, so this is my tribute to them. If you collect anything, you are pretty much going to be labeled

Bringing a $200,000 19th Century Advertisement To Life

I think I now understand why why I get so romantic over 19th century baseball cards and collectibles.  They give a rich and vivid voice to a time period that has been largely forgotten by yesterday's fans and collectors - and unknown to fans and collectors of the present. Baseball and baseball card collecting in the 1800s is fascinating - there is no shortage of fun stories and history that have come out of this time period.  In the pictures below, you will see the likenesses of hall of famers, baseball pioneers, and players who reached larger than life celebrity

Showing off Customs & Cards While our AC is Busted

Greetings from mission control - where the lights are off, and game 2 of the ALCS is blaring so I can hear it above the 2 fans pointed at me.  The ALDS nearly killed me.  When you spend the first 12 years of your life as an A's fan in California, but have 28 years of Houston life under your belt, it is confusing who to root for.  This totally describes me last week. I was sad the A's lost, but it was a REALLY entertaining series.  The sheer amount of bombs hit makes me wonder if the playoff balls

1909-13 M101-2 Sporting News Supplements – PSA Graded Beauties!

There's no way around it.  When you are going after something rare at auction you love, and you lose, it sucks.  You can internalize it as "the one that got away".  That's where our story begins. 1909-13 M101-2 Sporting News Supplements About a month or so back, I was browsing an auction house website and came across a near complete set (96/100) of an extremely beautiful issue offered over 100 years ago. Measuring in at nearly 8x10, the 100 piece set was inserted at a rate of one every other issue from 1909 to 1913 of Sporting News.  They feature

My 19th Century Custom Quarantine Project!

My 19th Century Custom Quarantine Project! First, I'll give it to you short and sweet.  If you want to read the entire article, keep scrolling, but if you don't care about the labor pains and just want to see the baby, here you go! I was alerted to an Iowa find that unearthed an 1889 Goodwin A35 Round Album - each Round has more in common with baseball cards than they do album pages.  They are considered to be the most premium baseball issue to come out of the 19th century and had been lost to the hobby for about

Transformers and Voltron

Hey guys!  I don't know why, but the nostalgia bug has bitten me hard.  I was susceptible to it anyway, being a baseball card junkie (I wrote a book "Confessions of a Baseball Card Addict") - no doubt, people thought I was a nerd.  Then, I started looking at Transformers & Voltron.  Nerd level ratched up to 10! I don't recall watching the cartoon much at all, but even as an adult, I always thought the concept of having a robot toy transform into a vehicle was brilliant.  Having several robots that can transform into a bigger robot?  Beyond brilliant. 

Check Out this Website I Built!

If you don't know this already, I've been a website developer for nearly 20 years.  I started off by going door to door handing out flyers on my lunch break when I was in a job I HATED.  Eventually, I made a go of it on my own, and haven't looked back. Somewhere along the way, I got excruciatingly bored with building websites.  Then, it clicked.  My passion wasn't to build websites (though I was really good at it.)  My passion was to help others (in both business and ministry) - I could use my skills as a web developer

FOR SALE! 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter World Champions Complete Non-Baseball Set

1887-88 N28 Allen & Ginter World Champions:  Perhaps the Most Important Set of Sports Cards, Ever. FOR SALE / TRADE! When you think of the most significant sports trading cards in history, what comes to mind?  For your consideration, I submit to you the set that, in many ways, started it all.  A set that is so beautiful, it has heavily inspired of one of the most popular series of cards today that has been running for the last 13 years.  A set that has made true converts of the baseball card collecting world making it acceptable to collect and

2019 Flip Quest Starting with Two PSA 10 Mike Trout Cards

I have really enjoyed collecting cards again even if they don't have the name Jose Canseco printed on them.  It has been years since I have done a Flip Quest, and because I'm looking for other cards nowadays, I thought this would be a fun way to explore what is out there :) WHAT IS A FLIP QUEST? You may be familiar with the concept.  Think, the red paperclip story.  A guy finds one, trades it for something better, and keeps doing this over & over until he gets a house.  I coined the term "Flip Quest" (at least I