Hobby Articles

This is a Hit?

By Kyle Hymel aka FootballCardFreak

The days are now over when a plain jersey card will fetch you $20 unless it is a big name like Babe Ruth.

Nowadays a plain swatch of the average player will only fetch you about $1-2. Most plain swatches of “nobody” players will only fetch you $.50 at the most.

The worst part of this, in my opinion, is that these cards are considered “hits.” This may have been the case a few years ago but now you might as well call refractors and XFractors hits because some of them are worth more than a jersey card! More >

“Base-ic” Art

By Karine Hains, Editor-in-Chief

For many collectors, base cards are nothing more than a storage headache. You buy a box forever and always chasing the hits and more often than not, you end up with a vast majority of base cards for which you have no use…While this is true for most people, it isn’t for Tim Carroll.

Tim is a baseball collector doubled with a most talented artist. Having been directed to his website by a fellow SCF member, I was amazed at the wonders I discovered…we’ve all seen the T-206 Honus Wagner Tobacco card, but I bet you’ve not seen More >

Storing Your Cards

By Peyton Lombardo aka detroitpistons

Binders, boxes, bins and more. There are many methods to store your cards. What you store your cards in, where you store your cards, and how you store your cards will affect the card itself.

Some collectors prefer binders, in which they have a page that inserts nine cards into each one. This protects all of the cards well but can be on the more expensive side. Some of these binders can be up to $25 but also are lower around $5-10. In addition to the binder you have to buy the inserts, which hold up to More >

Surviving Card Shows

By Karine Hains, Editor-in-Chief

As hobbyist and collectors, we all love to attend card shows. Unfortunately, for some people, the opportunities are far and few… One thing is for certain however each and every collector would love to attend the National Sports Collector Convention, which is held in Cleveland, Ohio from the 29th July to the 2nd August 2009 this year. When attending a card show, there are a few things that everyone should remember…

1. Know your audience

If you intend not only to buy but also possibly to trade and sell at the show, be aware of the geographical location of More >

How I Got into Card Collecting

By Dan Gladstone aka gladdyontherise

We all have our stories on how we got into the sport card hobby. Mine is probably just as odd as everyone else’s story.

I was around seven years young. I was a heavy WWE (then WWF) fan. I collected anything of wrestling, such as shirts, hats and memorabilia. This included everything except cards. One day, at a store called Meijers, I saw a box of WWF trading cards. I was very intrigued by it, so I begged my mom to buy it for me. Of course, being a good mom, she gave into my begging and More >

Are Base Cards a Forgotten Art?

By Dan Gladstone aka gladdyontherise

Since the beginning of time when sport cards were first made, base cards have always been around. They are just the ordinary cards you get from a pack, nothing too special, as all have the same look and are almost always considered as a “filler” card for jerseys, autographs, inserts, parallels, serial numbered, and rookie cards today. Base cards have always been in the hobby and hopefully will be forever.

However, when the start of jerseys and autograph cards came to the scene, they became the new thing on the block. People stopped saying “Hey look at More >