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My First Baseball Game

By Bryan Veale aka RedsFanatic21

It was June 5, 1987. I was twelve years old, and my family was starting out on vacation for the summer. My parents had a habit of just taking off and not telling us kids where we were headed; this was one of those times. About one hour into our trip, they told us that we were going to Cincinnati to a Reds baseball game. I was a huge Reds and Eric Davis fan, so this was easily the best place in my eyes that we could spend our vacation. I was so excited that I More >

The Dilemma that Is Chael Sonnen

By Micheal Barton aka MonticelloCards

A little less than a year ago, Chael Sonnen became a household name through self promotion that took many who follow UFC by surprise. He told stories, made fun of Anderson Silva incessantly, but surprisingly; he backed up his smack talking at UFC 117, taking Silva and dominating him for four and a half rounds before he was caught in a submission and forced to tap out in round five. A star was born, but sadly, this was also the beginning of a truly bizarre series of events that leaves both UFC and Sonnen in an More >


The PC That Changed Me

By Alan Chen aka RiceBondsMntna2Rice

Martin St. Louis’ selection as a Hart Trophy finalist a few weeks ago and his electric performance in the playoffs so far make it as good a time as any to share with you the current state of my St. Louis PC and the journey I’ve taken to get here.

Collecting #26 has been a transformative experience that’s forced to me re-examine who I am as a collector. Surprisingly, this project has at times been a source of stress rather than an escape. For the first time in my collecting life, I’ve felt a nagging pressure to More >

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This Moment Changed the Way I See Card Collecting

By Wayne Rogers aka redskinfanva

When I was a kid in elementary school we would walk to school every day. Riding a bus was uncommon back then. There was a 7-eleven close to our school so myself and usually 2 of my buddies would walk there before and after class just about every day. My buddies went to buy gum and sell it when they got to school. I used my money to purchase Topps football cards because I liked football and as a bonus I got that nice tasty powdered brick-like gum. Once you got the gum to soften up More >

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Wake up the Echoes!!!

By Noah Foreman aka TrueIrishFan616

I decided to write about an event that changed the way I look at sports. I grew up in a small town about 15 miles east of South Bend, IN called Elkhart. My late father raised me to do 1 of 2 things: Play football for Notre Dame or play basketball for Notre Dame. There were no other options good enough for my dad. Being from Indiana and having a father that loved sports, I was taught at a very early age how to throw the perfect spiral and shoot the perfect jump shot. It turned More >

Will They or Won’t They?

By Brett Johnson aka Chargerfan46

I have been an NFL junky all of my life and this is the worst possible thing to happen all the way around. Unfortunately the true underlying motive is GREED! Both sides are guilty of this. The players want a bigger piece of the pie while the owners want to keep it. My take from both sides is as follows:

The players do not want to play an 18 game season and I do not blame them for that. The wear and tear on their bodies is great enough without adding two more games. I would be More >