By Henry Salazar aka FL Henry
I love to look through my collection of cards. Over the years I have sorted the cards by players, by card types, separated rookies from veterans, tried to complete sets and done just about anything else that you can think of with my collection. I like to scrutinize the card to see if I think the manufacturer did a good job of putting the card together. Is it designed well? Do I like the color scheme? Is the autograph sharp without being too thin or thick?
My true love, however, is the feeling I get when More >
By Brandon York aka UofLnMU
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: collecting sports cards is one of the few multi generational hobbies America has. Right now, we risk severing that tie. When I think about the glory days of sports card collecting, like most of you folks, I think back to the dusty box of cards from my grandfather’s attic (I pulled a 1974 Mike Schmidt and a 1975 Johnny Bench from that “box break”). I heard stories from my older relatives about fabled (and likely fictional) 1951 Mickey Mantles placed inside bicycle spokes and tales of Ted Kluszewski’s More >
By Brandon York aka Uof LnMU
When I got divorced, I made myself a rule: I would display memorabilia wherever, whenever, and however I wanted to. (No, this isn’t going to be a divorced guy rant, all appearances to the contrary.) I moved out and got a reasonably sized apartment, and made the conscious decision that I would end up “living the dream”: My new living room sports a team-signed Real Madrid jersey, flanked with signed photos of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Muhammad Ali—one corner is devoted to the Reds, another to the Bengals. I also have a wall of memorabilia from More >
By Michael Barton aka Monticellocards
How do you think we can get the younger generation interested in card collecting? What should the manufacturers do to ensure the continuity of the hobby? What can we, as individuals, do?
Upper Deck recently ran a promotion on Facebook where they wanted collectors to give away cards to their friends or even to strangers as a gift, for nothing in return. I thought it was a fantastic idea, and when this question was posted on Sports Card Forum, I knew this was the article that I had to write this month. As someone with a few More >
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 >
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 >