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Youth of our World – The Future of the Hobby we Love

By Joe Mosley aka LGB Cards

I have actually had this discussion with many people both in the past and recently. In my opinion, to keep this hobby alive we need to have more youth involvement and make an effort to maintain it. I personally think the biggest issue with the youth involvement in trading cards is the turn that the industry took around the year 2000. The addition of many game used variations and multiple autograph cards introduced us to a whole new era of card collecting and I think it was for the better but there are always two More >

Breaking Ground

By Andrew Long aka Samuwry7

You know the kind– belly spasming, knees weak, face stretched to its limits, swimming in tears and delirium, desperately trying to hold onto the surface of the earth. It’s the very best kind of laughing. On a perfect California day in 2009, this was us, my very good friend Nik and me, emerging from the Upper Deck store, surrendering our composure to our own incredulity, the irony of it all, our sheer dumb luck. We were walking away with with nearly fifteen hundred bucks worth of 2009 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball and 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier hockey, More >

The New Way to Trade

By Christopher J. Ahlman aka Requiemx

Nothing could have ever changed the face of the trading card industry and the way that consumers view and take part in it like eBay did.

The way that I purchase, appraise and transact my cardboard in many instances, leads back to eBay in some way.

Prior to eBay becoming the international trading card powerhouse for collectors far and wide, consumers were limited to the confines of purchasing whatever their local card shop had on hand at the time.

If you lived in Portland, Oregon in 1995 and were a huge Chris Webber fan, your local shop likely More >

My in my room as a twelve year hair is terrible!

Through the Eyes of my Twelve Year Old Self

By Jimmy Budny aka jbudny

My in my room as a twelve year old…my hair is terrible!

The moment my view on card collecting changed was when I began to see it through my twelve year old eyes. I had the privilege of growing up through the 1990s, hockey cards so called “junk era”. My collecting peaked in the summer of 1996 during the insert boom and my interest in collecting died out in 2001.

I stored my best cards as a kid in top loaders with a penny sleeve in a blue Rubbermaid box. When I stopped collecting in 2001, the More >

Professional Wrestlers – Independent Contractors?

By Michael Barton aka MonticelloCards

“Under federal law, a worker is either an employee or an independent contractor. The determination is measured by the degree of control the employer has over the independent contractor, versus the degree of independence the independent contractor has from the employer.”

Based on the above paragraph, one would instantly think, in regards to the wrestlers employed by both World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action currently, as well as any professional wrestler who has ever been forced to work for only one company, that they would have to be classified as employees of the company rather than More >