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Sustainability of Sports Card Collectibles

Since April of 2020, the sportscard market has seen explosive growth within pop culture and thus producing monumental gains in monetary value. However, this kind of growth in such a short period of time does not come without concern. The…

Parallel Rookie Cards – Helping or Hurting the Hobby?

I want us to look at parallel cards. Even more specifically, parallel rookie cards. Are they helping or hurting the hobby? This type of article is right in the wheelhouse of what this website is all about. We look at…

Baseball Card Hall of Fame – Hobby Has Voted

Most serious baseball card collectors enjoy the annual Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions. It’s an event that just resonates with our collecting endeavors. This concept has influenced hobby content creators to adopt a similar event, the YouTube Baseball Card Hall…

What Hobby Wisdom Says About…

“Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens,” is a quote attributed to legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. It’s a powerful statement that if applied to our sports card endeavors may give us an insight into what hobby wisdom says about certain topics.

Mike Trout “Rookie Card!?” #Debatable

Popular media like Xfinity News, Fox Sports, TMZ Sports, and even my beloved MLB Network report that this card is a “rookie card” but according to my research, I think they got this one wrong. In this post, we’ll take…

Factors for the Current Sports Card Boom

Today, there is a sports card boom like no other. Many collectors, dealers, and show promoters with decades of hobby experience, myself included, will attest that they have never seen anything like it before.

Rookie Card Misconceptions

I was a sports card dealer/collector for 28 years before I took a 10 year hiatus. When I returned to the hobby in 2014 I noticed that there are misconceptions about the rookie card, that in my opinion, are not…

Why ’90s Insert Cards Are Relevant

I’m asking fellow collectors to get me the bug spray. An odd request being its the first week of the new year here in the Chicagoland Region. You see, I’ve been bitten by a bug! A 1990’s Insert Cards Bug!…

My Collecting Goals for 2021

In an effort to minimize distractions I am posting here publicly my collecting goals for the 2021 year. The purpose is to help me prioritize my collecting goals, does this mean that I will not relapse into another distracting episode?…

Being a Wise Collector

Be honest with me. From one collector to the other. Have you ever overdone it on sports card purchases, you know, buyers remorse? There is a multitude of websites and YouTube videos that will tell you what to collect but…

MLBPA Enforces Rules on Yordan Alvarez Rookie Cards

Congratulations are in order to the 2019 NL Rookie of the Year Yordan Alvarez! He debuted on June 9, 2019, in a game versus the Baltimore Orioles. Card manufacturers started warming up the printers. But wait! MLBPA says no-no and…

My Truth About PSA Set Registries

At times, between collectors, there can be some light, playful teasing on which third-party grading service is better. But I must admit, it has made me consider my truth about being an avid PSA collector. So I asked myself, why…

The National Sports Collectors Convention 2019

The National Sports Collectors Convention held at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Chicago, IL. did not disappoint.  An estimated 50,000+ hobby enthusiasts walked through the doors and created a vibe of excitement for the ages. I would like to…

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Sports Card Collecting

Let’s say hypothetically speaking. You’re on the fence about sports card collecting. Perhaps you were doing a word search on the search engine of your choice and typed in sports card collecting. Well, I want to give you four reasons…

The Steroid Era of the MLB: My Opinion

It seems to me, the Baseball Writers Association of America, the folks that cast ballots on Hall of Fame inductions are as divided as the U.S. Congress. I’ve heard many debates on the topic of the steroid era but here’s…

Card Show State of the Union Address

Mr. Speaker. Mr. Vice President. Members of Congress. My Fellow Americans. After celebrating the birth of my Savior I enter the New Year with much anticipation and hope. Tonight, I’m addressing you the collector/dealer to present to you a card…

The 10 Commandments of the Rookie Card

Between 1983-2005, the hobby had grown increasingly more fond of the rookie card. New technologies and designs evolved it. But by 2005, there was a lot of consumer confusion. So we continue the history of this hobby icon and present…

History of the Rookie Card

It’s no secret. This website centers around my passion for collecting rookie cards of Hall of Famers. However, historically, it’s complicated and confusing. And it would do collectors well if we understood the history of the rookie card.

So What Type of Collector Are You?

There’s one thing that really intrigues me. Human behavior. I can spend all day observing how we as humans communicate verbally and non-verbally. So it made me ask myself, and I pose the same question to you, what type of…

Sports Cards: Navigating Through Your Choices

Weekends are for errands. For me, one of them is to go to the gas station and fill up my gas tank for the upcoming work week. While I’m out I like to stroll by the nearest Target or Walmart…

My Collecting Goals

I returned to the hobby in 2014, and I’ve set out to collect rookie cards of Hall of Famers. But you know what happens next don’t you? It happens to so many of us. Distractions! So I’d like to share…

The National Sports Collectors Convention 2017

Excuse me. Which way to The National? Head south on Lake Shore Drive you want to get onto I-294 westbound, you wanna take dat until you see I-80 but what do I look like Google Maps you mook! I say…

Sports Card Collection – How to Sell It

You may have recently visited mom and she reminded you of your sports card collection in the closet. Your mind quickly thinks of that new boat your wanting and so you are inspired in selling your sports card collection, but…

Sports Card Lingo: Condition

In business, there is a motto that says, the key to any business is location, location, location! The sports card lingo has a motto of its own that is equally important, condition, condition, condition!

Sports Card Lingo: The Basics

Many folks have visited a foreign country on their bucket list. A good rule of thumb when entering a foreign land is to learn the lingo. In collecting too, it’s a good rule of thumb to learn sports card lingo,…

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