Growing up in South Florida in the late-80s, I had three baseball card shops I could ride my bike to. If my mother was feeling generous and offered to drive me, I had 7 card shops near-by that were 100% dedicated to sports cards. Not only did I have choices but almost every weekend in … More The Death of the Retail Branded Set
For a Jose Canseco collector, 2018 has been one hell of a year. Topps Company, the exclusive card manufacturer for Major League Baseball, has produced one Jose card after another. Some have been absolutely brilliant, while others have failed to impress. For a guy who was once considered a pariah in baseball and was removed … More Too Much of A Good Thing?
1997 E-X 2000 is a product of its time. Perhaps the only time in our hobby where we can refer to silly, little baseball cards as a “work of art”. It is not surprising that the company behind this set, Fleer Trading Cards, were at the time of this release, owned by Marvel Company. I … More Was This Card Trying to Warn Us About Our Heroes?
With Ohtani Mania still in full effect, I noticed something the other day while browsing eBay. Despite Shohei signing seemingly tens of thousands of 2018 Topps cards, it’s a 2017 unsigned retail exclusive that grabbed my attention. Below is Shohei’s 2017 Bowman “Mojo” Refractor parallel. These cards regularly push $1,000 on the secondary market. Recently, … More Topps Indirectly Ripping off Fleer
I would hate to have been a part of Fleer’s design team in 1997. With the introduction of the autograph per pack, Leaf Signature, the previous year, the world of trading cards had officially shifted into a true high-end hobby. Those collectors who were complaining about Upper Deck’s price tag in 1989 were probably losing … More Why Collectors Need Fleer Ultra Again