Wow, there’s cards on shelves: Finding and breaking a booster of 2020-21 NBA Chronicles

When I restarted my sports card collecting habit two autumns ago, global demand for cards was sky-high and global supply was super low. A would-be collector walking into a big box retailer anywhere in the country with a wallet full of cash in those days (at least a year starting in summer 2020) would almost… Read More Wow, there’s cards on shelves: Finding and breaking a booster of 2020-21 NBA Chronicles

Right Name/Wrong Name: Fixing the NBA’s team names for fun

I haven’t been formally diagnosed as of this writing, but I probably have ADHD. I identify with pretty much every symptom/characteristic I’ve seen, including things like “I can’t really focus on anything until I hit something I want to do, then I HYPER FOCUS.” For instance, I had this thought the other day: There has… Read More Right Name/Wrong Name: Fixing the NBA’s team names for fun

Not Fun Trading: I’m trying NBA Top Shot (update: I’m not trying anymore)

Disclaimer: This piece is pretty long. I learned some things in the 48 hours after writing it (and then some more several months later) that made me add a section to the bottom that makes it a bit more definitive in its negativity, but I think it’s still worth reading through, top to bottom, to… Read More Not Fun Trading: I’m trying NBA Top Shot (update: I’m not trying anymore)

I hate/love Panini: A two-sided essay on the current king of sports cards

The weirdest thing to me about the modern sports card collecting industry, after having awakened from a 25-year slumber of sorts, is finding that an Italian sticker company previously unknown to the vast majority of American collectors had snuck in and taken over the hobby. I remember reading that Panini (like the sandwich?) had signed… Read More I hate/love Panini: A two-sided essay on the current king of sports cards

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