The Legend of R.L. Stine’s Shirt: Opening a box of 2020 Topps Allen & Ginter

Around the time I started my journey of re-discovery in the world of sports cards in fall of 2020, I was talking to my best friend since childhood, Casey, about collecting. He’s been a lifelong collector of a lot of things: comic books, Magic: The Gathering cards, books, toys, video games, movies, and even sports… Read More The Legend of R.L. Stine’s Shirt: Opening a box of 2020 Topps Allen & Ginter

Blast From the Packs: Dipping my toes into hockey with Upper Deck and O-Pee-Chee

To be honest, I haven’t followed hockey for several years. When I was younger, I loved the Red Wings. And I followed hockey pretty closely through college, and then into early adulthood. Sometime in the late aughts, I just stopped watching as closely, and I never picked the habit back up. So my knowledge of… Read More Blast From the Packs: Dipping my toes into hockey with Upper Deck and O-Pee-Chee

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