Hobby Articles

Upper Deck’s Basketball Game Changer

By Henry Salazar aka FL Henry

Upper Deck changed the hobby with the 2003-04 basketball Exquisite Collection.


Until Upper Deck introduced Exquisite Collection the basketball hobby world kind of flew under the radar. When friends and family discovered I was into sports card collecting they always asked about my baseball card collection. After gently setting them straight that I am a basketball card collector they all pretty much inevitably said the same thing:”I didn’t even know they made basketball cards.”


I heard that the suggested retail price was going to be around $500 for Exquisite Collection and I got very excited. I had More >


The Year of the Big Three

By Karine Hains aka Pheebs888

No, I’m not talking about sometime in the 1970s when Lapointe, Robinson and Savard ruled the NHL’s blueline, I’m talking about the 2010-2011 hockey season. After years of Upper Deck monopoly as sole licencee of the NHL, this year saw another player enter the ring in Panini. Both companies were allowed to produce NHL licenced cards and of course, as usual, In The Game was also on the battlefield churning out their usual amazing line-up of products even without a licence. As the hobby year draws to a close, I’m trying to decide who my favorite More >

A True Collegiate Set

By Brandon York aka UofLnMU

There’s a reason they cheat to win. College football is where it is at. In the Southeast, the names are immortal: Herschel, Bo, Peyton. In the Midwest and West Coast, it’s no different. The coaches are revered as gods—Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, the Bear—and we are stunned to see them fall from the lofty peaks when they do. In the midst of a fascinating baseball season, pit against one of the most dramatic work stoppages in recent NFL memory, what has consistently dominated the sports consciousness? College football. As a transplant from Kentucky (the pseudo-South) to More >

It’s Not the Money

Byt Richard Mock aka Paintball

In the majority of the discussions I have read, most adults blame the high cost of cards as the main reason kids don’t seem to be as big in card collecting as they were in the past. Most of these articles reflect back on when a kid could go to the corner store and buy a pack of cards for 25 cents. They surmise that the card companies should go back to these days of cheap cards. I strongly disagree. In my humble opinion the product has never in its history been better than it is More >


Wow, You Collect Sports Cards, and You’re Female?

By Khendra Murdock aka DunkinDurant35

I have been collecting sports cards since the tender age of 7½ years old. I can still remember the first pack of sports cards my dad got for me back in 1992: 1991 Score football. I was excited to get a Guy McIntyre card out of the pack because I was a big San Francisco 49ers fan at the time (they were probably the most fun team to play on my favorite video game back then, Tecmo Super Bowl on the old original Nintendo!).


Basketball took over football as my number one favorite sport in 1993, but More >

The Poker Card Tournament

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 >