2015 NSCC #9 – Preparing for 2017

I’m very much itching to get back to the National and I finally bought my tickets. It’s been hit or miss as to whether or not I would be able to get there, but as of now, I’m going to make it.

Work was (and still is) the biggest obstacle. I requested the days off, […]

2017 Cubs – The Second 10 Games

So, I know I said in the “first 10 games” post that I would be showing off a lot of cards from the new player collections/current Cubs, but then I had an epiphany.

I have a boat load of Moments & Milestones cards because I actively seek them out, and I’ve come across a few […]

2015 NSCC #8 – Relic the Opportunity

The 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention is happening next weekend. I won’t get to go this year. It’s in Atlantic City and I’m not anywhere near there and my travel days are pretty much booked.

Plus Lollapalooza is always that same weekend and I am very near there and my wife bought tickets for Sunday. […]

2015 NSCC #7 – Continuing the Series

This weekend I went to a card show for the first time since attending the NSCC. It’s a monthly show down in Orland Park, which is a bit of a drive for me. I’ve never made it out to this venue, but I’ve been itching to search some bins and it’s advertised as 70 Tables […]

2015 NSCC #6 – Seeing Multiples

My last National post was all about cards I had, but bought again because I’m a dumb piece of dumb that’s dumb in the head.

Today, I want to focus on the positive side of the doubles spectrum. What follows aren’t exactly duplicates, they’re parallels. It’s understandable that some dealers would have more than one […]

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 #3 – National, Not Regional

The experience of going to the National will really prepare and inform future expectations of the show. Before going in, I had this weird mind set that basically anything would be available for the picking if you just looked in the right spot.

I had high hopes that I would make some really good progress […]

2015 NSCC #2 – NIT-picking

Going into the show, I had very good intentions of padding my basketball collections. I really only have two focuses at this point. One is to collect the 2011-12 Past & Present master set. The other is to collect the 1995-96 inserts – which I’m very eager to actually complete.

In reality, the bargain boxes […]

2015 NSCC #1 – Figuring Things Out

Yay! It’s about time I start talking about the National Sports Collector’s Convention, right? Sorry for the delay everyone. There will be a lot to go through over the weeks and months. Yes, months. That’s what’s bound to happen with my schedule and when you buy hundreds of cards and several boxes in a single […]

2012 Panini National Sports Collectors Convention 5-Pack Break

Once again, neither delegate from the state of Community Gum attended the National Sports Collectors Convention this year. At least one of us should and will be roaming the show floor in 2013 when the NSCC returns to Chicago.

Even though we weren’t able to see all the amazing action in person, nor stand in […]