Why I Blog

Sports Cards Uncensored is hosting the sixth Blog Bat Around and although I usually don’t participate, after witnessing a horrific baseball card horror story tonight, I felt I had no choice.

I blog to spread information. I blog because my baseball card bible, Beckett, let me down so many years ago. I blog because I refuse to be reported to. I blog because I want to know the entire story, not just what a journalist writes. I blog because it is my goal to help fellow collectors.

Don’t let the hit counter and comments fool you. I get hate mail from card companies, other collectors, and even daily readers but I know there is a wealth of knowledge to spread and refuse to rely on Beckett or Tuff Stuff to do it. They need the advertising money, I don’t.

I blog because sixteen bids were placed on this Frankenstein cut signature from 2008 and only one collector noticed this beautiful on-card, pack-inserted autograph of “Stan the Man” from 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends. There are a hundred thousand forgotten baseball cards being throw away or cut up and sold for ridiculous sums of money.

I blog to keep the old school alive. It’s 2009 and despite all of today’s new card technology and gimmicks, nothing beats bustin’ a box of 1997 Pinnacle Certified – not even pulling a fancy “1 of 1” Superfractor. OK, maybe just a Superfractor but nothing else.

I blog to stay humble. By nature, I am a proud Latin male but in reality I know there are thousands of collectors in the card blog community with more experience and knowledge than me. We all deserve to share our voice with the online community, not just the most popular or controversial ones.

I blog to make executives at Upper Deck, Topps, and DonNini uncomfortable. I won’t sell out for an extra box of Finest or Prime Cuts. My priorities belong to you the reader of Wax Heaven and to no one else. Don’t get fooled by those sponsor logos on the sidebar.

I blog for you the collector and no one else.



  1. Thanks Mario I look forward to your blog everyday before & after work. Your doing a great job. Thanks again.

  2. Mario, I can’t believe you receive hate mail for writing about sport cards, definitely there are some people whose brains are shrinking every day….!!!!!!! Anyway keep going, it’s always nice to read your blog……

  3. Mario, I venture over here a few times a day and always enjoy reading the articles about old school wax as well as nearly up to the minute hobby news. I enjoy reading from the point of view of a collector like yourself who doesn’t have alot of cash to spend on cards and is always on the lookout for something nice looking rather than something that’s been artificially limited. I know this is something that you don’t have to do and I appreciate the fact that you offer a different point of view besides what I’ve seen on other boards where if you don’t spend 1K on a few cases of every bowman product you’re not in the in crowd. I mean come on, we’re talking about baseball cards, none of us are in the “in” crowd! Anyway, that’s all beside the point. Thanks for all the work you put into the site. And thanks for giving me an opportunity to waste a few minutes here and there at work!

  4. You do a fine job. You were the only one to run the Razor/UD story. The others knew about it but were afraid to touch it – even Judd. Keep it up.

  5. Come on.. 1,000,000 visits can’t be wrong!!!
    You can only be hated on if you are a threat or maybe just can’t be touched.
    You are the biggest and best thing to hit sports cards in years!!
    Keep up the GREAT work and here’s to another 1,000,000+!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. That on-card Musial is sweet. And it even uses the jumpin-jehosaphat-adjective-that-kids-say-these-days of “epic“, before it already became tired and trite.

    The straight talk on this and certain other hobby blogs are exactly what this industry needs. They’re disruptive, but the status quo is a slow death otherwise.

    Sorry to hear that you’ve received scab mail, but I guess that goes with the territory, especially in the card business. The hard part is to not take it personally, and sift out the occasionally prescient criticism out of the mass of shyster whining. Maybe certain select hate mail could be used as part of a recurring feature for ridicule (though not attributed); like Strong Bad emails!

  7. I might not always agree with your point of view, but I always enjoy reading what you’ve got to say.

  8. You’re an inspiration, Mario. The negative feedback you get is fueled by ulterior motives. Otherwise, who could have a problem with what you do?

    Keep going.

  9. Mario, count me in as one of the many whom you write for. Your writing along with a couple of other blogs has inspired me to start my own blog. Keep up the great work!

  10. When I first visited this site, one of your readers made some dumb comment and I responded with an asshole comment of my own. You had said previously that you don’t censor unless someone is attacking you or your family, so I called you out on that when you didn’t approve my comment immediately. You emailed me and said that you were debating as to whether or not to approve the comment as it didn’t add anything to the conversation, and I pointed out that a lot of your reader comments didn’t add anything. You then approved my comment.

    It may seem like a small thing, but the fact that you have the consistency and integrity to live up to your word is one of the big reasons why I read your blog several times a day. You’re not here to play some “it’s my blog, and if you don’t like it, go somewhere else, but I am only going to approve comments that I agree with” game that SOME other blogs play.


    I busted tons and tons of 90s crap, and I want it to stay there (except 97-99 Donruss hockey and most 98-99 hockey stuff). I think peoples’ obsession with on-card autos is stupid. I think peoples’ aversion to the RC logo is irrational. I throw thousands and thousands of base cards in the trash every month. I don’t agree with you half (or more) of the time, but I keep coming back because you do a good job, you have integrity, and I’ve seen you mention politics several times and I still can’t tell exactly which side of the aisle you’re on.

    Keep up the good work.

  11. Keep up the excellent work! By the way, the Musial Century Legends Epic Signatures is sweet. I love that set.

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