New Company to Cut up ’52 Mantles for Wall Displays

New Company to Cut up ’52 Mantles for Wall Displays

MegaAwesome Displays of Ottawa, Canada has recently purchased fifty 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball cards they intend to cut up into small pieces and put in their new wall displays. “We’re a new company just entering the memorabilia market and we thought this would be a good way to get our name known around the … Continue reading

Have Signature Cards Become the Base Cards of Today?

Have Signature Cards Become the Base Cards of Today?

Have signature cards become the base cards of today? If we travel back in time to the first in-pack signatures cards, they would be of course in 1990 when Upper Deck included Reggie Jackson signed Baseball Heroes cards in their High Series boxes. At that time the hobby was leaving the Error Craze behind and … Continue reading

Mystery Cards

Mystery Cards

With the proliferation of low numbered or even unique cards in the hobby a new, well not so new anymore, category of inquiry has entered the hobby. That being, of course, mystery cards. Mystery cards are those pieces of cardboard that people come across that they have no idea what the origin of the card … Continue reading

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Five

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Five

Anyone who was around baseball in the 1980’s knew of the subject of my next purchase from COMC. His work announcing / giving commentary on NBC games with Vin Scully┬ábecame┬ábaseball’s main voices of the 1980s. He just died recently and I thought his card in the ’52 Bowman set would be a good choice. If … Continue reading

Buying Locally vs. eBay

Buying Locally vs. eBay

eBay can be a great place to find sports cards. Especially if you buy in bulk. Individual cards are difficult to justify as reasonably priced since shipping costs (certainly to Canada) are high. With bulk you save on shipping because it is spaced over a larger amount of cards. eBay is also somewhat good for … Continue reading

Spotlight on Oddballs: 1995 Jimmy Dean

Spotlight on Oddballs: 1995 Jimmy Dean

The 1995 Jimmy Dean set is the 4th year the sausage company produced a set of baseball cards (1991-1995 excluding the 1994 strike year). It would also be its last. The 1995 set was its smallest of its regular sets (1991 had 25 cards, 1992 had 18 cards and 1993 had 28 cards). It was … Continue reading

Beckett: A Company Ignorant of its Own History?

Beckett: A Company Ignorant of its Own History?

What started out as a simple price guide published ten times a year back in 1984 by a statistician named Dr. James Beckett has, over the past 30+ years, grown into a media empire producing multiple magazines, subscription-based online price information, catalog listings, marketplace buying and selling, and sports card and memorabilia grading. Throughout its … Continue reading

Twenty Years Ago and the Chase for Wagner

Twenty Years Ago and the Chase for Wagner

Anyone who collected baseball cards back in the mid-90’s should remember Wallmart’s big sports card promotion that included the possibility of winning the McNall/Gretzky T206 Honus Wagner card. The promotion, called the “Greatest Trading Card Giveaway of All Time,” included the Wagner card as well as other important cards in the hobby. Up for grabs … Continue reading

2016 Topps Now

2016 Topps Now

Topps Now is the latest marketing strategy by the grandfather of baseball card producers and is something every collector needs to pay attention to. For those who do not know what Topps Now is here is the rundown taken from the Topps website: Imagine your favorite player throwing a no-hitter, and then getting a card … Continue reading