1953 Bowman Pee Wee Reese

1953 Bowman Pee Wee Reese
1953 Bowman Pee Wee Reese

Saturday, November 5, 2016

"Holy Cow" Cubs Win, Cubs Win!!!

It's been a longtime coming, since 1908, which was the last time the Cubbies got to celebrate a World Series win.  Oh, how sweet it is for the Chi-Town fans of their beloved Cubs.  Hats off to the Cleveland Indians as well, for an amazing post season run.  Andrew Miller who had an amazing season of nasty flame throwing pitches showed up and then lost steam, like Aroldis Chapman did as well. 10 Innings of the best baseball game possibly played ever?  Many will say this, but one thing's for sure, is that I was on the edge of my seat for every pitch thrown and swing of a bat.  Young talent is proving to be quite a fresh breath of air in the old MLB. Guys like Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo are lighting up the bats alongside veterans pitcher Jon Lester and now retired catcher David Ross.  I couldn't be more happier for baseball right now. I do believe the stars aligned correctly on a baseball diamond since 1908 to get it done. Finally the curse is over for them. Now the only question left is how many more can they win with this young talented group? What a great game it is!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Buy, Sell or Trade; Today's sportcard market!

     Now that schools back in and summer is fading into the past, we look forward to fall post season baseball. Football pre-season is thankfully over, and Basketball and Hockey couldn't be more welcome for this Reds fan.
     The Hall of Fame weekends always lead to a flurry of trades, buys and sells.  Just like the stock market, we go up and down with the latest moves and who's hot right now.  Griffey and Piazza have had a nice bump up in those categories, and for good reason.  Both have had a wonderful baseball career and very well received by fans.  Football's heroes like newly inducted HOF Brett Favre will also see a spike in his cardboard as well.  Those hard to land inserts are just a click away to being filed in your collection for the right strike price of course.  I always liked seeing how things would play out by year end in the Cardboard and Stock Market.  The growing trends of modern era to vintage prices for key cards have most of us in a tizzy trying to trade, buy or sell.  I have had ups and missed marks from selling to early or not at all when the market was up on players like Stephen Curry.  I found a second rookie 2009 Topps but, didn't make the sale for the highest price in time. I still got a couple hundred bucks so it was still an awesome return on my investment.  The way I see it is to not have all of your eggs or cards in one basket.  Stay with your sure deals, but step out of your comfort zone sometimes too. Make great trades with others and a lot of collectors can help you along the way.  The future is bright I think!

-That's just my 2 cents on the matter.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Huge T-206 Card Lot Find

Another great find of tobacco cards from the legendary T-206 set will become available for auction on EBay in the next coming weeks. Just Collect's President, Leighton Sheldon finalized the deal from Kevin in Massachusetts for the cards.  They were passed down by a couple family members to Kevin that sold them to Sheldon. The Godmother of his father had them tucked away in a hat box in a closet.
The most impressive finds include 1 Eddie Plank, 3 Ty Cobb's, 3 Christy Mathewson's, 3 Cy Young's and 2 Walter Johnson's. This last year or so has had some amazing and unbelievable finds to date, such as the Lucky 7 Ty Cobb find and Old Judge card lot find. From cards of "Babe Ruth strip cards" falling out of a wall, to "The Swamp Find" a couple years ago, the card market is on a roll. Here is the exclusive story on www.Forbes.com by David Seideman below.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidseideman/2016/06/28/boston-fairy-godmother-leaves-hat-box-in-closet-filled-with-valuable-100-year-old-baseball-cards/#4fafb3005048

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Old Judge Find, Soon to Rule in the Open Market

Another year of excitement within the sportscard community, as 67 Old Judge N-172's show up from Phoenix, Arizona. The family has now decided to contact the Baseball Card Exchange dealer that is in Schererville, Indiana, to help with bringing them to the open market for others to grasp.  The dealer is getting them to PSA for grading and they should return in excellent to near mint condition. The hits just keep coming for vintage collectors!

Friday, April 22, 2016

The other "Prince" of trading cards.

Here is a look at the 1991 Proset trading cards of the Musician/Artist known as "Prince" who passed away yesterday. I know these cards are not sports related, but he did perform on a football field at the Superbowl. It may have been the best performance ever at one, many people say. I'm not advocating making money off of someone passing, but collectors don't mind spending on items as a piece of preserving history.  You would be surprised at how much they go for on EBay. The graded versions may run you a couple hundred dollars easily.  So don't count out the collector lives he's touched through his music.  I for one am blogging about him because I think he is very important to people and the history of music. This is my version of complimenting him and saying thank you through trading cards.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mantle's for All Ages!!!

Since we're on a vintage wave ride of Mickey Mantle cards lately, here are a few cards I would like to revisit with you all. In 2006 Topps released a 1952 style set that included a new crop of rookie cards, short prints and of course our beloved Mickey Mantle card in several different color variations. Topps also released another set in 2007, like the 2006 release, but with a dark blue looking background on "The Mick" 52' card.  If you can't afford to plop down $5000 or more for a weathered original 1952 card of Mantle, then you have other options at a much more affordable route. Another great set of Mantles worth checking out are the 1996 Topps version as well.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Baseball is Back!!!

Baseball season is upon us....ahhhhh yes. The sweet smells and feel of the ballpark. The crack of the bat and watching the ball fly brings so much joy to many of us.  I really hope my Redlegs start the season off right and keep up the pace to get back to the playoffs.  I really would like to see more kids show up this year to my card shows and hobby shops.  Back in the summer of 1987, I became mesmerized by opening up packs of cards and chewing on that sweet stick of bubble gum from Topps.  Stars like Mattingly, Canseco, Bo Jackson and many others still give me joy to see from those sets.  I still love those wood border cards.  So crack open a box and rip through some packs with your kids, because baseball is back baby!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

When Politics and Baseball meet on cardboard...

In the light of the crazy smitten political debates this election year, I thought I would dig in the past a bit on the funny looking Presidential race inserts from Upper Deck Baseball that were made available in 2008. I always liked the oddball cards and inserts made that are out there.  So dig around and start a collection of your favorite oddballs or must have insert sets that you never completed but wanted to.  They're not as plentiful as base cards, so it makes the chase more fun, or "funner" as Roy Halladay puts it. Here are a few that I have....

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Lucky 7, Ty Cobb find!!!

Another great find of 7 Ty Cobb, T-206 tobacco cards found in a Great-Grandfather's home inside a paperbag. What an unbelievable find, considering there are not many known to exist with the Ty Cobb back in green ink. Here below is a Joe Orlando of PSA, tweet.
https://twitter.com/JoeOrlandoPSA/status/705146774139195392

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 HOF Inductees are....

Today is a glorious day for baseball and its fans, with the Baseball Hall of Fame giving the call to Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza to be inducted to Cooperstown's elite this July. Griffey was a shoe in, while Piazza had to wait a bit. I for one, am after the key RC's of Piazza now and found a couple others I will keep in my stash hoard of cardboard glory. I particularly need the 1992 Fleer Update card.  I already have the key 1989 UD Griffey and his other must hav's.  Here are a few cards you may need in your collection...