1953 Bowman Pee Wee Reese

1953 Bowman Pee Wee Reese
1953 Bowman Pee Wee Reese

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Twas the night before Christmas....

Christmas time is upon us and what better way to spread Christmas cheer than to show off some cool Holiday themed baseball cards that Pacific made. Here are a few I found online that are sure to make Santa proud. Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Incredible Post Season

Oh, how I love the World Series! Will tonight be the night the Mets tie the Royals for wins in the series to bring it 2-2? We will have to wait and see what has become a great post season thus far. The Cubs lost their steam but made it interesting and just to get in the playoffs was great. Astros have the best shortstop in the league named Carlos Correa,  and the Bluejays made it past the Yankees. Big name rookies made this season fun to watch. Vets like @BringerOfRain20 Josh Donaldson showed pop off the bat, while Trout just keeps being unhuman like behind his swing.  Batista has the best little fan that wills his swings, drawn on beard in all. The Pirates came close again, and the Cardinals just keep showing any roster can make it every year to the playoffs.  The Rangers and Dodgers both have a great lineup but also faultered, with valiant effort. Either way this season has been exciting and at 8:00pm we will see if the Royals can keep it rolling and take game 4, or will the new Miracle Mets have Daniel Murphy crack another homer of the post season.  I'm anxious to find out along with many others.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

We say goodbye for now to Yogi Berra

We say goodbye for now to a great Yankee and catcher in the history of baseball. Yogi Berra passed away at age 90, which is an incredible feat in itself. All the Yogisms he gave out even has a book for them. How could you not like a man like that?  He was a treasure to many on this planet, and wouldn't have had him any other way. What a great guy he truly was.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The National was amazing once again!!!

I wanted to share a few pics of what I saw and have dreamt about for all my days of knowing what existed out there in sportscard land. I was amazed and in awe of the pieces that have survived the times.  Cards to memorabilia, everything was literally on the tables.  I wish I could have taken home a free 1952 Mickey Mantle, but I'll take a pic of one and free catalogs any day.  I can only hope to find my way back to future National shows, it just depends on the location and future planning as always.  Life can take over at times and we all need a personal release, and this show does it for me and many others.  I can't wait until the next one.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The National Sports Collectors Convention!!!

It's that time of year again, and I for one am excited to see what is there all in its glory.  If you can't find what you need there, then good luck finding it anywhere else.  I will be there on Thursday to scavage around with my family. Plan on meeting people in the industry too, and make sure to see as many booths as you can. You never know who you may walk past like "Mr. Gooden" as I referred to Dwight last year in passing. Pretty cool I thought as I waiting in line at the UpperDeck card maker booth. So have fun with it, and appreciate the biggest show on Earth, The National has to offer.http://www.nsccshow.com/

Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 Hall of Fame induction!!!

This past weekend we were able to be blessed with more Hall of Fame inductees; Biggio, Martinez, Johnson, and Smoltz. That just sounds like a hell of a gauntlet to go through at the plate against these guys. Biggio catching any pitcher could get you out. Flame throwers on the mound like Johnson will make you squirm like Kruky did.  I for one remember that bird knocked to feathers all over the field from a laser from Johnson. Unreal stretch from the mound.  Martinez fast pitching you to oblivion as a dominate pitcher in all his years.  Smoltz putting opponents away like it's a stroll in the park with a cycle of a never ending rotation of great pitching from fellow teammates as well.  These acclamations are greatly earned and appreciated by all in baseball to these new inductees. I can't wait to go to Cooperstown someday with my wife and sons when we can, and bask in baseball history lore. For now, I'm gearing up for The National Sportscard show in Chicago!
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Moonshots and Homerun Derby!!!

Well tonight is the night for my favorite part of the All Star week, the Homerun Derby!!! I can't wait. My fondest memory was in 2008, when Josh Hamilton blasted 28 moonshots through the evening air in the 1st round in New York.  It was a site to see on TV, let alone in person.  That must have been absolutely bananas to watch live in Yankee stadium.  I would've tweeted "OMG" a billion times on my Twitter feed if I had it back then.  Tonight looks to be setup for another wonderful evening for the Derby.  I live here in Cincinnati, and got to take my wife and young son to Fanfest Saturday, and it was a great taste of what we have in-store here for All Star week.  I wish I was there tonight, and I'm still waiting to see if my buddy ends up with tickets for tomorrow's All Star game.  Either way, we are really enjoying watching all of the festivities and seeing the cool handlebar mustaches around town.  Enjoy the Derby and game my good people!

Friday, July 3, 2015

"Mantle on the run"

When we think of Mickey Mantle cards, the first card that usually pops up in our minds is the obvious 1952 Mantle RC. However, the 1953 Topps issue has made some remarkable strides in the up arrow column and may never slow down anytime soon. With the average grade examples still pulling in $3000-5000 that may not be the case for long. I would bet buying one less than a few grand won't be easy pretty soon.  I think the 53' has so much more to offer, and would make a worthy investment as well for someone looking to buy this piece of legendary cardboard versus some blue chip stock right now.  That's just my opinion for a long-term strategy for a couple grand.

Independence Day and Baseball

As we embark on yet another fortunate July 4th Independence Day, I'm reminded of how good we really do have it here in America. Thinking about this day reminds me of the simple treasures like watching The Sandlot movie with my kid and enjoying their 4th of July scene, and going to the ballgame like we are tomorrow.  I can't wait, and without those who have faught for our freedom in the past and now, we wouldn't be able to do these things.  A slice of humble apple pie would also do many good with those that take it forgranted each day, so we should kick back and thank those who look after us. Playball!!!

-Photo is from Weathered Treasures

Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 Topps Stadium Club release looks amazing!

I haven't been this excited to get my hands on a pack of Stadium Club in a longtime, until this year's release.  The photography is breath taking of poses and backgrounds that make you think you can pickup the smells of the ballpark and right there behind the camera.  Simply stunning cards of current players and homage paid to some of our pastimes best. So here below are a few gems and what I deem my favorites like Bo Jackson, George Springer, Lou Gehrig, Dale Murphy and Billy Hamilton so far. Enjoy busting those packs


Monday, June 22, 2015

Pete Rose: Charlie Hustle can't catch a break

We all know by today that it seems the new allegations against Pete Rose will further his chances of not getting voted into the Hall of Fame.  "Say it ain't so Rose", because this may just be the last stitch in a glove closing up on him getting into the Hall.  I really do feel his stats have earned the right to be in, but unfortunately betting on baseball is a habit that he couldn't resist partaking in.  I am saddened to hear about the old flame of this tragedy sparking back up in a negative light, but this may be it for him.  Ty Cobb was a real nut case that shanked people with his cleats, and he got into the Hall still. So I just can't understand why this can't be forgiven since he hustled so hard on the field too.  We will never see this again from a man with such dedication to the game, but also such will to bet on baseball at the same time.  I guess we will have to see how much that "Charlie" can "Hustle" his way out of this.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Panini has their Father's Day giveaway promotion in full swing this weekend for all you Dads out there.  I for one, hope to get my hands on a pack to pull some cardboard gold. I will settle for free cards any day though.  I think the hobby is in a great state right now, and I couldn't be more excited for The National coming up in Chicago this year.  My first time to take my wife and 4 year old son to "The Show", and watch their jaws drop in amazement to all of the pastime and new era collectables out there to be had. See this cool article below for more info on the Panini promo. Happy Father's Day!!!    http://www.sportscollectorsdaily.com/whats-hot-in-the-shop-fathers-day-promo-packs/

Monday, June 15, 2015

Cookie Tin Find!!!

Check out the story on more long lost Tobacco sized cards found in a cookie tin. I get anxious just thinking about finding cards like that. You just never know how many are still kept hidden or packed away all these years.  http://www.sportscollectorsdaily.com/1909-philadelphia-caramel-cards-found-in-old-cookie-tin/

The "Not-So Shoeless" Joe

So today was a good day, considering I just got my Joe Jackson autographed card that is the Great,great,great nephew of Shoeless Joe. I really hope he pans out, but I will keep it regardless for collection relevancy.  I do believe in second chances, and it's a shame Joe and Pete Rose got the shaft. They are still Hall of Famers in my book.  Now let's just hope this young Joe can bring some baseball peace back to his family and shine once more through Shoeless Joe's nephew. Oh yeah, and I have 2 more of these on the way. Yey me!

House of Cards....box digging edition.

When I find the time to dig through a box of "cardboard gold", I seem to leave feeling I accomplished another good day of digging to add to plastic pages of my favorite players, and a few to peddle off back into the market for another card connoisseur to hedge their bets on or add in the abyss of cardboard sport paper bliss boxes. I usually always feel unsatisfied after ripping packs, with that euphoric induced feeling of sports crack in thin plastic or paper holdings of these minimal interest ball players. Today I am adding a new stack of cards for my own self righteous needs.  Inserts, base cards, who cares as long as they are the cards I really want and I know what I'm paying for.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

If you find yourself lost in sportscard land and need to organize your collection, try these 5 steps from the Cardboard Connection article found here below....http://www.cardboardconnection.com/5-easy-steps-organize-sports-cards
So, I found a great article On collecting and keeping it fresh for the year. I thought I would share it and see how it will help keep things fresh and on top of mind for the collector in you. Look up this link below...http://www.cardboardconnection.com/10-new-years-resolutions-card-collectors

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Binder Capers...

I went to my local shops around town, and scored some old Bo's, Frank's, and Jeter's recently. Digging through a bunch of boxes for base card and insert gold!!! I always love taking the time to blow through stacks of cards, especially random stacks of football too. Always finding oddball cards of my favorite players brings me much joy to this hobby I love as well.  I really hope to keep finding mint cards to replace the old ones I kept from my early days of collecting. So here are some recent pages of cards added....

Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Japanese Baseball cards!!!

So I really want to start a small collection of Japanese baseball cards. I see some online for sale, but I'm doing my research first. I think the main guy to get is named Sadaharu Oh. He is the Home Run King with 868 dingers and a lifetime batting average of .301 from a span of years from 1959-1980.  Menko and Bromides are the most popular types of cards produced it seems. Here are a few photos I found that looked awesome enough to me. See link below pics for info on Rob 's great website on Japanese past releases.