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

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Four

Collecting Challenge, 1952 Bowman, Post Four

The next Bowman card that I ordered from COMC came in. It continues my purchases of the more sought after Hall of Fame players in the set as I wait until another bulk purchase of the commons shows up on eBay or various other auction sites. Last time I picked up the Dodger great Pee … Continue reading

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Five

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Five

I received my latest cards from COMC and eBay today (shown above). With these cards I finished the wall of all the cards from 2016-2014. I still need a few graded cards for storage, but for the wall it’s all done. The five cards I added to the wall to complete 2016-2014 are: 1987 Donruss … Continue reading