Birthday Cards From A Different Year

Ever since I’ve found my way back into collecting, I’ve tried to treat myself to some sort of cardboard birthday present. Sometimes it’s through boxes of cards, but the past couple years, I’ve gone on a single buying splurge on COMC.

This year, I don’t know if I’m going to buy anything. I still collect […]

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 #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 […]

It’s a COMC X-Mas (2013, Part 3 of 5)

Welcome to the third part of my initial Check Out My Cards purchase. If you’re just joining us, you can find the first parts of the countdown here and here.

I bought a total of 85 serially numbered cards as a Christmas present to myself in 2013, which will be split into 5 parts for […]

It’s a COMC X-Mas (2013, Part 2 of 5)

Welcome to the second part of my initial Check Out My Cards purchase. If you’re just joining us, you can find the first part of the countdown here.

I bought a total of 85 serially numbered cards as a Christmas present to myself in 2013, which will be split into 5 parts for sanity reasons. […]

Flea Market Finds

I grew up around Antiques and knick-knacks. My parents weren’t just collectors, they were also antique dealers. That meant our basement was always full of “inventory” and I went to their booths in the antique mall, and wandered the halls quite often.

After I moved out, I’ve gotten out of that world for the most […]

It’s a COMC X-Mas (2013, Part 1 of 5)

I’m not much of a supporter of COMC. I don’t intend to ever sell on their website, because I find the fee structure to be insanely difficult to rationalize. I understand the reason for it, considering their vast infrastructure, but when a 1990 Topps common has to be sold for $0.35 (.25 of which going […]

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 […]

Not So Much Closing Day

Andy and I just took in a Cubs game together. The Cubs defeated the reigning champion Giants 4-3, but not after some come-to-be-expected drama from the Cubs bullpen.

We entered the 9th inning leading 2-0 thanks to solo homers by David DeJesus (which the announcer pronounced Da-Hey-Juice) and Starlin “Still No Walks” Castro. You may […]

Hit Parade

The Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Parade have both passed us by for another year. As a kid, I used to enjoy watching a good parade. I liked all the different character balloons, and the moving floats always fascinated me. It’s pretty impressive what some people can do with a float-load of flower petals. […]