Blast From the Packs: An up-and-down box of 1990-91 Skybox basketball

When I first started collecting sports cards in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I remember when Skybox hit the scene. It was 1990, and Skybox’s parent company, which I now know was a spin-off of a tobacco company’s memorabilia business (strange and yet somehow such a 1980s American story), packaged futuristic looking basketball cards… Read More Blast From the Packs: An up-and-down box of 1990-91 Skybox basketball

The Singles Mixer: My favorite recent baseball purchases

I started the Blast From the Packs series to talk about my experiences opening actual packs of cards and essentially reviewing the sets they come from, but over the past month or so, the majority of my “allowance money” has been going toward purchasing single cards — colloquially referred to as singles — on eBay… Read More The Singles Mixer: My favorite recent baseball purchases

Blast From the Packs: From Score to Pinnacle back to Score

One of the fun things about digging back into old sports cards is the learning I’m doing. I’m learning about/remembering players from my youth, discovering cards of current-day general managers and coaches who used to play (sometimes in relative obscurity as benchwarmers). I’m having fun digging back into the history of championships, MVPs, record-setters, and… Read More Blast From the Packs: From Score to Pinnacle back to Score

Blast From the Packs: How I use eBay to buy sports cards

I won’t pretend to be an expert on using eBay, but I’ve been successful in the last month or so tracking down affordable boxes of old sports cards; grab bags of random packs of sports cards; and single cards of favorite players, including rookie cards (actually, they’ve mostly been rookie cards). I’ve learned a few… Read More Blast From the Packs: How I use eBay to buy sports cards