I am a player collector and have been since 1990. Needless to say, I’ve grown up with baseball cards and Jose Canseco. Unlike other player collectors, I am old-fashioned. I don’t have a detailed checklist featuring thousands of cards, a database to update regularly, nor do I keep an online gallery to keep track of … More Stuck in A Diet Pepsi Rabbit Hole
Before some collector blows a gasket and screams out 2001 Albert Pujols, 2009 Mike Trout, or even last year’s hyped-to-the-moon, 2018 Ohtani Superfractor … I am talking about a traditional baseball card sans a certified autograph, game-used memorabilia, or a serial number. In my opinion, the last true, iconic baseball card comes from Bowman Chrome’s … More The Last Iconic Baseball Card?
I remember the fateful day back in 1998 as if it happened just last week. At the time, I was a hardcore baseball card collector weeks away from turning 18. Sure, I was baby-faced and rail thin but I was also a collecting veteran thanks to a love for The Hobby that came over me … More How Bowman Chrome Destroyed My Life
Memories have a funny way of messing with us. I began collecting baseball cards, totally by accident, in 1990. My mother confused a pack of ’90 Topps Ames All-Stars with a pack of playing cards and from that point on, I became a lifelong baseball card collector. Never mind the fact that I never watched … More Just When I Thought I Was Out …
Enough articles have been written about Upper Deck’s introduction of the pack-inserted certified autograph in 1990. It was unfortunate that for baseball’s first autograph in baseball cards, they chose Reggie Jackson. Thankfully, Upper Deck remedied that faux pas by inserting Nolan Ryan autographs into their ’91 baseball release. Ryan, a 43-year-old legend, had reached the … More A Junk Wax Treasure