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

The Singles Mixer: A couple Sox, a Redleg, and an Angel

In this occasional sports card feature series, I highlight a few of my favorite single-card purchases of recent vintage. Since I haven’t written much about sports cards since the start of the new baseball season, I thought it’d be appropriate to take a look at four of my favorite baseball card acquisitions as of late.… Read More The Singles Mixer: A couple Sox, a Redleg, and an Angel

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: 2020-21 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

The number one thing to understand about the sports card collecting hobby at this moment in time is that it’s very difficult to find packs and boxes on the shelves at your normal big-box retail spots, such as Walmart and Target. Anecdotal evidence from across the Internet suggests that stores across the country are haunted… Read More Blast From the Packs: 2020-21 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

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