Analyzing the Peaks and Valleys of Collecting

If you are a player or team collector, it is my hope you can identify with this.  Heck, you could probably copy/paste this in Word and do a find/replace of my guy with yours and it would still be applicable. I wanted to take little time this evening and muse about the peaks and valleys of collecting.  It has so many highs and lows.  It consists of friends, enemies and frenemies.  You win a new "trophy" card, and show it off for all to see, or you can spend the rest of the evening pining about the card you missed

Filling a Void

As a focused card collector, you probably appreciate checklists.  You might actually live and die by them.  It gives you something to shoot for - there is a tangible finish line, so to speak.  With the invention of 1/1's and crazy amounts of parallels, that finish line has become all but a mirage, like an oasis in a desert.  As collectors, what are we to do?  Well, you can go one of two ways. 1) Self-imposed limits - Since having 100% of the cards of a player or team is impossible now, I've seen many people say they will ONLY

An Unknown Holy Grail has Landed

If I'm being honest, I'd have to say that the Christmas season and new years just didn't seem "festive". It may have been the weather (it has been getting up past 80 degrees here at times), but I'm not quite sure exactly what it was. To help it to feel more like winter, we agreed to play broom hockey with my friend's church. I decided to facebook it: "Broom Hockey at Midnight" A lot of people had a blast making fun of me, because apparently there is no such thing as "broom hockey". It is "broom ball". :/ A good

Errors & Variations: A Love Story

THE SUMMER OF 1990 Monday Morning: (Line trilling....) Dealer: Thahhh Bullpen!? (I loved how Mike the dealer would say this - he would start in a normal voice, but would drop and octave between the 2 words and raise his voice back up to make "The Bullpen" sound like a question.)  Me:  Uhmmm...Yes.  Hi.  I was wondering...I have a 1990 Fleer Felix Jose, and his bat is covering some of the A's Logo.  Is that an error card? Dealer:  No, it isn't. Tuesday Morning: Dealer: Thahhh Bullpen!? Me:  Uhhhmmm...Hi!  I noticed that the 1990 Mother's Cookies Will Clark shows him

My Crusade is Complete! Plus, my (almost) ENTIRE Want List … In Pics!

At long last, my Crusade is complete!  My 1998 Donruss Crusade rainbow, that is!  Ever since I started seriously collecting Canseco, The 98 Crusade Red was at the top of my wish list - perhaps it was even my first recognized white whale.  I kept thinking to myself ... they are numbered to 25, so how hard can it be to get one?  (Insert painful belly laugh here.) Looking back on my blogs, the start of my new Canseco collection started 2 about 2 1/2 years ago, so that is about the amount of time it took me to finally

Birthdays, Customs and Collection Additions

The month of May marks two important landmarks for me.  One, that I will turn 36 years young this Monday (I swear I don't feel a day over 34) and two, the birthday of something I have grown quite attached to.  My moustache. It has been a magical year - my first year as a moustachioed man.  Whenever I'm down after having eaten a delicious slice of cake, my moustache brings me great joy by surprising me with a little extra icing it saved me.  Through thick and thin, it still finds the strength to curl and make others smile. 

Why I Make Custom Cards

I remember when I first started making custom cards.  A few months after getting into it, I went to a card show with some of them to show some people just to get a reaction.  Right off the bat, I could tell I was going to get a wide array of responses.  Some looked angry, some looked confused while others looked overjoyed.  Whenever I talk to others and it comes up "yeah, I make custom baseball cards", they scrunch their nose at me and don't really know what that means. I understand customs aren't for everyone, but if there is

Fleer Ultra Prototypes Discovered

Picture this:  The year is 1991.  Some of the best selling video games are Sonic the Hedgehog and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.  You loved Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and you can't get Mariah Carey's "Someday" single out of your head.  The heated topic of debate is Desert Storm, and while you are not sure what your own views are, you do know that you love the Desert Shield stamped cards they came out with. Baseball cards are a huge part of the culture, and you hold the envious position of being a designer for

When Your Favorite 90s Insert Costs $43,000

Imagine this: You are at the counter of your favorite baseball card shop, gazing at all of the boxes of wax packs with tags cut out pieces of neon cardboard displaying the price of each. Topps?  Nah... Donruss?  Maybe next week... Fleer?  Hmmm... Fleer Ultra?  BING! You grab a handful of packs of 1996 Ultra, hoping and praying to get a gold medallion card of your favorite player.  Or maybe a sweet insert of what favorite player.  What if it were a ... <GASP> Gold Medallion of said sweet insert??? Packs in hand, you rush home in hopes of landing

Fun with Junk Wax & Bubble Gum

Remember the days when you could get a pack of baseball cards for 50 cents?  I do.  I don't ever remember getting anything absolutely remarkable, but then again, the hits back then were serial numbered to 10,000 or more and the only time you heard about somebody ever pulling one was through a friend's friend's uncle. I ended up taking a trip down memory lane and picked up a nice little run of topps wax packs from the junk wax era.  The packs I received were from 1984 and ran all the way through 1993.  I decided to crack open