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By Andrew Hoyler aka andrewhoya

I get questions all the time about the player I collect, Andrew Bailey. At card shows, I get weird looks when I ask if the vendor has any of his cards, and even get an occasional “who?” After I explain who he is and still get a blank state in return, I just move along and try my luck at the next table. “Who?” Oh, nobody, I suppose. Just a 2-time All-Star and 2009 Rookie of the Year who also holds the A’s rookie record for saves in a season. Nothing major, or anything. Sure, he’s More >

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Changes the Card Companies Need to Make for the Greater Good

By Alex Kupka aka mnlax13

Like many collectors on this site, I am quite fed up with the card companies and many aspects of their products. To start off if I could change things about companies the first thing that I get them to do is to start inserting more decoys. Many people view pack searchers as a cardinal sin in the hobby. They’re looked down upon and many believe that people that commit this act are ruining the future of collecting for our youth. I have been to big box stores and have seen people searching for some relic or More >

A Lesson to Pass Along

By Pedro Maicazo aka metsmagic18

One of my earliest memories of getting autographs was in San Diego in the summer of 2009, when I first got serious about collecting. The exact date was August 29th I believe…I was a visitor in San Diego which by all means is a very nice city. It has some fun features including a sandbox in right field that is open early on game days, and non-game days. Fan-friendly, and maybe if you’re lucky you’ll see a good game. Nonetheless, it’s a fun place to be.

At that time, San Diego was dead, they were out of More >

My Father and I

By Alex Kupka aka mnlax13

Throughout my life, I did many things that a typical youth would do in Midwest suburbia like joining scouts, playing on a little league baseball team with friends in the summer, going up to my family’s cabin etc. I always knew that I was different due to the fact that I was adopted and therefore different  from the other children who were around me. The area in which I grew up in is a mostly Caucasian, blue collar community. I was adopted from Korea, and to this day never had the chance to meet my biological More >


Blake Griffin Is the Next Big Thing

By Mike Leno aka dwighthoward

Usually, I am not that type of sports cards collector who only chooses one player to invest on and to create a personal collection of. First, I do not have the money to spend on the quite expensive cards of the player. Second, the time spent collecting the player will take years and years, which I also do not have due to working two jobs and going to school. Third, I just do not have the patience and effort to collect the player. However, if I had the money, time, and effort to collect an up More >

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Negro League Collecting – How one Thing Led to Another

By Guy Mitchell aka sweetg1

As many of you know, I’ve collected Negro League cards and memorabilia since the early 1990’s. I had collected cards since the mid-1970s when my Dad bought me my first pack of cards. The collection started when I learned that my great-uncle Henry Clay Wall played in the Negro Leagues. He wasn’t a big name and he didn’t play for any big teams.

Having loved baseball since I was little, I never took to the time to ask my Grandma who the picture was in her room. The picture was always there, but I always looked at More >