A crash is gonna come: A vision of the somewhat near future of sports card collecting

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

On the shoulders of Giants: To collect the 1964 Topps set or not collect it?

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?

Football as art: 1935 Wills’s association football tobacco cards

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

The a-Topps-calypse is upon us: Speculation on the Fanatics takeover of the sports world

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

Me, Hank, and the Mick: My first experience digging through a vintage sports card collection

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

Blast From the Packs: Reminiscence Bites, Vol. 2

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