1953 Bowman Pee Wee Reese

1953 Bowman Pee Wee Reese
1953 Bowman Pee Wee Reese

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