By Michael Barton aka MonticelloCards
As someone who began collecting cards in 1986, I have seen this hobby change on numerous occasions. I have had wonderful opportunities in this hobby – from working shows as a teenager to being in charge of the entire sporting collectibles department of a hobby shop. To keep it brief – I have seen a lot in my 25 years. There were times this was a business for me, although I am no longer involved at any level other than as a collector. I implore you to learn from my mistakes and my experiences, as there are More >
By puckstopper31 aka Bryan Kadlec
With all the fuss about social networking in the new age of technology, one must look through all of its uses in order to fully understand it. Yes, as individuals, we use it to tell our friends and family what we are up to at any given time, and even to post pictures of what we are doing. But now, with the opportunities for fan pages and groups, companies are arriving on the scene to show their wares and get in closer touch with their customers than they really ever could have before the internet and More >
By Guy Mitchell aka sweetg1
Let me start by saying what I like about the hobby of card collecting. I like that I can collect (and research) things that interest me. For me in this hobby, it’s mostly about collecting Negro League memorabilia and cards. Obviously, not everyone is interested in my type of collection and that is okay. My interest in such a collection began when I learned that my great-uncle played in the Negro Leagues, so I began researching the Negro Leagues and began wanting to know more about them. I then started focusing a collection towards the players More >
By Brendan White aka SteakNchop
Far back in time, before most of us had been born, Topps was as big a power as it is today. They have been manufacturing baseball cards since 1952 and have not stopped since. Here’s their story…
When Topps was created by the Shorin brothers back in 1938 they did not make baseball cards. All they made was bubblegum, under the name of Topps Gum. They went through a name change or two during the forties and became known as Bazooka Bubble Gum. Looking for ways to entice children to buy their gum, Topps/Bazooka would wrap little More >
By Brendan White aka SteakNchop
The unmitigated reason vintage cards have value is their rarity. If there were ten thousand Honus Wagner T-206’s then it would be a normal and inexpensive card. The whole market for this runs on this mantra and without it would fail miserably. 1950s Topps, 1960s Topps, 1970s Topps all have the same thing as the rest; cards get thrown out, not many more left. People want cards of those old players; scramble to find what is available. The vintage market is just as fascinating as the modern market.
Back before cards were worth anything there were only More >
How to Start a Sports Card Collection By Brendan White aka SteakNchop
You have just recently gotten into card collecting and are happy and amazed to see that you can trade, buy and sell online! But when you actually go online, nobody wants to trade for your cards! That’s because you don’t have very many cards. Rather logical, since you just started collecting so recently. So how will you start your collection? Do you just go to the hobby shop and buy a lot of cards? Or is eBay better? Or should you just buy packs? Read on to find out.
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