I was watching a video on sports collecting the other day, and something the vlogger said triggered in me a strong vision of the future of the hobby. I’ll get to that in a bit. This vlogger was talking about something called graded pop reports: A pop report is the quantity of a given card… Read More A crash is gonna come: A vision of the somewhat near future of sports card collecting
I have talked plenty here before about how, in my card collecting hobby, I’m drawn to beautiful, interesting cards that aren’t necessarily what everyone else is collecting (and therefore aren’t as pricey as what everyone else is collecting). This is definitely more a decision on the collecting side of things rather than the “investing” side,… Read More On the shoulders of Giants: To collect the 1964 Topps set or not collect it?
It’s strange how one’s tastes can evolve over time, and sometimes over such a short period of time that the change is noticeable and remarkable. For instance, I used to see super-vintage pre-war cards as something I’d never really get involved in for several reasons. For one, most of them aren’t in great shape, and… Read More Football as art: 1935 Wills’s association football tobacco cards
A few weeks ago, I purchased one of those “Southside” City Edition Chicago White Sox caps online. I purchased it from the official Chicago White Sox online merchandise store, which, like the online merchandise stores for every other MLB team, and every NFL team, and every NBA team, and every NHL team, and every WNBA… Read More The a-Topps-calypse is upon us: Speculation on the Fanatics takeover of the sports world
Welcome back to The Singles Mixer, an occasional feature where I write about a few notable sports card singles I’ve either added to my collection recently. This time around, I’m going to dig through my football (American version) collection to highlight some cards in advance of the start of the 2021 NFL season. Since I… Read More The Singles Mixer: Football’s back, baby!
It’s always fun when something unexpected and good pops up, right? Getting two flat tires in a week courtesy of screws laying in the road (which happened to me earlier this month), that’s unexpected and bad. Not fun. Getting a chance to look through someone’s vintage card collection for the first time (which happened to… Read More Me, Hank, and the Mick: My first experience digging through a vintage sports card collection
I haven’t dipped more than a toe into the vintage sports card market to this point for a few reasons: A lot of vintage cards worth having are kind of expensive and rare The sets I find most attractive, for the most part, are also sets others find attractive, and thus, those sets are a… Read More The Old Hotness: Churchman tobacco cards
You may recall that I had purchased the full base set of the 2020 Panini Prizm WNBA offering as a sort of quirky investment play a couple of months ago. Prizm is the most sought-after set for collectors in any sport it issues in (except maybe baseball, where the lack of an MLB license holds… Read More Blast From the Packs: The 1st and 10th WNBA sets
A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling the itch to open a pack of something I wouldn’t normally buy: A sport or a set I’m not in the habit of collecting, maybe. I browsed eBay and settled on soccer, but the issue with soccer is there are so many leagues and competitions that there’s… Read More Packs R 4 Suckers: An Evolvingly Cynical View of Sports Card Collecting
I’ve learned some stuff over the last several months of re-entering the sports card collecting hobby, and one of the things I’ve learned is, at the level that I’m collecting, the most important thing really is connection and enthusiasm for the cards you have. Buying favorite players, collecting favorite teams, going back into my own… Read More Blast From the Packs: Reminiscence Bites, Vol. 2