Hobby Articles

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By James Friedman aka JFried1029

I need to begin by saying that when I was a kid, my family never had a dog. I suppose this was largely due to my brother’s allergies, but I don’t think this was necessarily the only reason. I don’t think my parents were big into pets.

My first wife was a big dog lover, but she realized that my obsessive-compulsiveness would never allow me to have dogs in the house and be at peace.

When I married my second wife, the kids wanted dogs and we went through four who either died, ran off, or were given More >

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My View of the Current State of Trading and a Possible Solution

By Scott Kozlowski aka Scottkoz

It has been quite a bit of time since I last penned an article for Sports Card Forum. A lot has changed for me during the last year. My family moved into our dream home north of Niagara Falls, NY. It has a ton to offer, outdoor concerts during the summer months galore, festivals, country living and one of the best school districts in Western New York, just in time for Olivia to start kindergarten in the fall. It did come with a price.

That price was having to own 2 houses for nearly 8 months. This More >

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More Than Just a Piece of Cardboard

By Ethan Shippen aka TheBoxBreaker

Dear readers,

As fellow card collectors, I’m sure you guys have been in the same situation that I’m in regularly. People asking: “Why do you want to pay that much money for a card? It’s just a piece of cardboard.” I shake my head and laugh at those people, and even my best friends don’t understand why I collect hockey cards. I’m not surprised, though. Living in a small, non-hockey crazy country like Denmark isn’t exactly a hotbed for hockey like Toronto or Montreal, but it’s becoming a top 3 sport here. So why are people – who More >

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Card Karma

By Mason Hermann aka antropov14

Two years ago, I sustained an injury that required back surgery to correct it. While recovering in Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto at the age of 14, after surgery, a children’s clown entertainer came along with his bag of tricks to keep patients’ spirits up, and provide a distraction to the situation at hand. As I was on the older end of patients, I normally wouldn’t be entertained by watching a clown, but I was tired and sore, and this was definitely a great way to pass some time. Furthermore, only about five days later I More >

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How to Collect on a Budget

By Ryan Kalmoe aka SWOWannabe

If you’re at all like me and the vast majority of collectors, the only zeros in your checking account balance is what it shows after you’ve paid your bills for the month. It can be a very difficult to manage your finances, especially with a family. Every expert will agree, however, that the age-old adage “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” holds true in every regard – if at all possible we should have some sort of entertainment budget each month. The problem is that because it’s more fun to buy More >