Hobby News


Your Love for your Hobby Will Find a Way

 by Tommy Gast aka munchiesthemonkey

Like most other card collectors out there, I wake up each day, I make coffee in the morning, I even have a job I have to go to, mainly to support my various collecting habits. Hey it could be worse, I could be snorting drugs or boozing it up Chris Farley style, or even smoking two packs of Marlboro’s a day, all habits much worse than collecting cards. Yeah of course the bills have to be paid, but you need to really understand the psyche of the card collector to appreciate that sometimes the rent or More >

The Sports Heroes Set

By Joe Simanis aka GHCHambone

Every person involved in sports or card collecting has a sports hero and most people probably more than one. Maybe it was your first coach who taught you the rules and fundamentals of the game. It could be your favorite player growing up, the player you wanted to be just like. Or it might be your parents or your siblings who introduced you to the world of sports. That’s why my idea for a new product would be the Sports Heroes Set. Each card relates in some way to the heroes that both athletes and fans More >

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 >