Hobby Articles


A Lesson Learnt in an Unlikely Place

By Andrew Hoyler aka Andrew Hoyler

One Friday, I went to the Chantilly, VA card show with my uncle. I had just gotten paid in the morning, so I had a few extra bucks to spend. I got together the cards I needed to complete my sets for 2002 Topps and a few random other ones. I used the Inventory Manager on www.sportscardforum.com, which lessened my work! I love that thing. Anyways, I also got the list of Andrew Bailey cards I needed (which I left at home. Heh, oh well). I met my uncle there, before we went our separate More >

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Changes the Card Companies Need to Make for the Greater Good

By Alex Kupka aka mnlax13

Like many collectors on this site, I am quite fed up with the card companies and many aspects of their products. To start off if I could change things about companies the first thing that I get them to do is to start inserting more decoys. Many people view pack searchers as a cardinal sin in the hobby. They’re looked down upon and many believe that people that commit this act are ruining the future of collecting for our youth. I have been to big box stores and have seen people searching for some relic or More >


Blake Griffin Is the Next Big Thing

By Mike Leno aka dwighthoward

Usually, I am not that type of sports cards collector who only chooses one player to invest on and to create a personal collection of. First, I do not have the money to spend on the quite expensive cards of the player. Second, the time spent collecting the player will take years and years, which I also do not have due to working two jobs and going to school. Third, I just do not have the patience and effort to collect the player. However, if I had the money, time, and effort to collect an up More >

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My Wife and my Hobby

By Michael Reuben aka mreuben

So when I first met my wife, I had a bedroom specifically devoted to baseball cards. Stacks littered the floor as I sorted and organized, really diving into not just collecting, but trading at that point. When she first came over, I was nervous that she would see this… let’s call it youthful past time and be a little discouraged by the whole thing.


Well, instead of her rolling her eyes over the hobby, she became more and more supportive of my interactions. Right away, she started buying me loose packs and blaster boxes when she went More >

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Average Joes


By Jeff Scuicco aka qualum23


I can remember when I was younger, going to the local sports card show at the Howard Johnson motel in Middle town, New York. I can remember the hours I spent looking through binders and boxes of cards, trying to find the players that I wanted the most (Don Mattingly and Mark Messier were the icons of my generation in New York). I can also remember always wanting to buy packs of cards, and always asking my father for a loan. I distinctly remember buying some packs of 90-91 Pro Set Hockey (the blue wrappers!).


My father, More >

Everybody in the Pool!

By Stephen Duell aka Spuds1961

 I know weird title for a sports card article,but read on and you’ll see why.

I was going through some of my older cards, not really old just circa 2001 thru 2007. As I was doing this it made me realize how much I miss some of the cool cards Donruss had put out before their contract for baseball was revoked. I was looking at my fabric of the game Tom Seaver GU autograph numbered 3/5 with him in his Mets uniform with a nice blue pinstripe on the jersey piece. This one card made me realize More >