July 2017 Ebay Wins

I have an idea. This wasn’t intentional, but I think I could play a little Ebay Uno with this month’s wins. You all know Uno, right? You go around and play cards that either match the number/letter or the color of the card on the face-up stack. For this little game, there are no wild […]

Time Sensitive Releases and the Future of Collecting – One Year Later

Remember this post? Probably not, but now that a year plus have passed and people are more accustomed to Topps Now, I wanted to revisit the topic.

Originally, I said that the print-to-order, online exclusive, 24 hour (sometimes a week) purchase window cards scared me. Now, I mostly see it as a nuisance. Let’s go […]

June 2017 Ebay Wins

In typical Community Gum fashion, this monthly series hasn’t been featured on the blog since June when I displayed my May winnings. I’m stealing about 30 minutes from my nighttime work schedule to put this out because I want to post something and don’t feel like finishing up the Gint-A-Cuffs posts tonight.

June was a […]

My First Craigslist Card Purchase

I recently started scouring some additional avenues for collectibles. For whatever reason, I got it in my crazy head that I want to collect all of the games for the Original Nintendo Game Boy (not color or Advance, but original). I love the system and it was the first console I bought with my own […]

Topps Bunt – An Examination of Two Extremes in Parallel Construction

Topps Bunt has only been around as a physical product for a couple years now (as opposed to the digital app) but it’s made a pretty big impression on me.

I think the most appealing part of it is that it’s a budget product that isn’t just a simple rehash like Opening Day or a […]

May 2017 Ebay Wins

I know that some people don’t use ebay as part of their collecting adventures, and I sometimes envy those people. It can be a fickle and frustrating process at times, but I find it to be a pretty necessary.

Trading is fantastic (and I’m finally trying to do more of it). Card shows are a […]

Next Year(‘s Cards) Is Here

There is a lot of hype surrounding the Cubs. Even though in 2014 we finished last in the NL Central, somehow Vegas stared the year projecting us as one of the favorites to win the World Series. Granted, this team has been quite a bit better, but I think it’s possibly a tiny bit too […]

I Went To Baseball Games!

Yup. I went to several Cubs games this year. I actually personally bought tickets for the first time ever this past year.

Normally I only go to games when other people offer up an extra ticket, which is fine by me. But, when the Cubs give out exclusive baseball cards and they offer up a […]

Catching The Fever

How many of you have been able to watch any of the World Baseball Classic? I’ve caught a few innings here and there. Any baseball is good baseball. I could take or leave spring training in terms of “seeing young talent prove themselves.” The only important aspect that applies to the regular season is “Injured: […]

Not Quite Westminster

We’re only a week or two removed from the biggest dog show of the year. Banana Joe the Affenpinscher took away Best in Show. Now he gets to make the rounds in the media and across the country to various other smaller dog shows.

Sort of like the one that’s happening in Chicago this weekend. […]