Introducing the John Lackey Collection

This is part two of a twenty-five part series chronicling my budding collections of the 2016 World Series champion Cubs. Obviously, I’ve already starting showing off some of those cards, but I wanted to offer a formal introduction to the various players. With my legacy player collections, I’m still going to attempt to show every […]

Introducing the Dexter Fowler Collection

This is a series I’ve thought about doing for a little while. Those that read the blog with moderate consistency will know that I am collecting most of the 2016 World Series champion Cubs. Obviously, I’ve already starting showing off some of those cards, but I wanted to offer a formal introduction to the various […]

Pre-National Card Show Post (Shown Way After Actually Going To The National)

In June of 2014, I went to a card show in Rockford.

First, we’ll start with the Cubs team set I bought for $5. At the time I needed 2 cards, but now the rest are either trade bait, or they’ll come in handy if I choose another Cub to replace Starlin.

The kid […]

2015 NSCC #5 – Terrible Short-Term Memory

The mind is a funny thing. I love my mind and take pride in my level of competence and ability to learn quickly.

However, the mind is also a disappointing thing, and an unreliable thing. I’ve quickly learned that I can’t rely on the short-term memory side of my brain.

That’s why I prepared for […]

2015 NSCC #4 – We Are Good

We Are Good.

It’s such a simple statement. Yet, it’s an accurate one. I’m not sure which Cubs player started using it, but I think it’s overtaken the “Let’s Go” motto that the marketing companies got paid a pile of cash to create as the victory cry this year. And we’re crying a lot.

As […]

Unparalleled Trade Partner, Multi-Parallel Trade

I know people are probably anxious to see posts recapping my adventure at the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention, but that’s going to wait a bit longer as I organize more stuff. For now, here’s a package that basically feels like a mini-National.

Brian from Play at the Plate has always been a great supporter […]

Starlin Castro Collection – Suspended Without Pay

I have a morals clause in my collecting.

Since I only collect players, I’ve tried to be selective about which guys I focus my attention and money chasing. The reasoning I use may only make sense to me sometimes, but in general I’m looking to collect players I can root for.

That means I do […]

Cards Upon Cards From Cards On Cards

I moved into my house about 8 months ago. At that time, there were a few people looking to send packages my way, but I wanted to wait until I got things semi-unpacked and I settled down.

Then I learned there was no such thing and let a couple know they could send away.

Madding […]

For The Greater Wood – Part 1

Second post in a row with a preamble. You may have noticed that there’s no blogroll on the side anymore. We did some wordpress updating and moved our hosting and it didn’t port over. I’m slowly working to find a good plugin to create a new blogroll, and hope to have it back up shortly.

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Tracking Our ’08 Bowman Prospects – Post 2013 Edition

Back in the early days of this blog we picked up a cheap box of 2008 Bowman Chrome Baseball. Oh, how young and naive we were back then. (Why yes, we did pick up a box of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects as well.)

Since Bowman is all about the prospect cards, you really […]