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Collecting Highlights

By Karine Hains aka Pheebs888

I’ve now been back in the collecting foil for 5 years, what started as a childhood obsession faded away in my teens only to return with a vengeance when I was 26 years old and in exile in England.  After 5 years of chasing Roy and Brodeur cards I have made many deals, met many people online and offline and learnt a lot about this hobby. Sure there were some low points, in fact I’m going through such a low right now which is why I thought I’d write this article to remind myself about the More >

60 Years of Topps Baseball Countdown – #59: 2000 Topps

By Drew Pelto, AKA *censored*

The 2000 Topps set is all about really bad, really unlucky timing. McGwire cranked 70 homers in 1998, so that was fodder for the 1999 set. Bonds hit 73 in 2002, a year that was still off in the future yet, where we would have flying cars, or so we believed. The Yankees had just won World Series number 25, eliciting a snore from outside the Empire State. And there wasn’t much to celebrate as it was the 49th year of Topps. And no one cares about 49 when 50 is on its way.

To quote Mr. More >

60 Years of Topps Baseball: A Countdown

By Drew Pelto, AKA *censored*

Baseball cards are an American institution, almost as old as the game itself. And while they weren’t the inventors of it, no single company represents the history of the hobby better than Topps. They kicked off the revolution in 1952 that made cards into what we see today, and they’re still cranking out cards to this day. They pioneered all sorts of ideas in the industry– the good (adding stats to cards, using color photos instead of water color paintings, buying cards and getting gum as bonus instead of the other way around), and the bad More >


This Moment Changed the Way I See Card Collecting

By Wayne Rogers aka redskinfanva

When I was a kid in elementary school we would walk to school every day. Riding a bus was uncommon back then. There was a 7-eleven close to our school so myself and usually 2 of my buddies would walk there before and after class just about every day. My buddies went to buy gum and sell it when they got to school. I used my money to purchase Topps football cards because I liked football and as a bonus I got that nice tasty powdered brick-like gum. Once you got the gum to soften up More >

Wake up the Echoes!!!

By Noah Foreman aka TrueIrishFan616

I decided to write about an event that changed the way I look at sports. I grew up in a small town about 15 miles east of South Bend, IN called Elkhart. My late father raised me to do 1 of 2 things: Play football for Notre Dame or play basketball for Notre Dame. There were no other options good enough for my dad. Being from Indiana and having a father that loved sports, I was taught at a very early age how to throw the perfect spiral and shoot the perfect jump shot. It turned More >

Baseball Rookie Card Collecting Is Confusing

By Richard Mock aka Paintball

I have noticed since I started trying to keep my three sons’ baseball and football rookie card collection current that most sellers list a baseball player’s first year card as a player’s rookie card when listing the card for sale on eBay. It also seems to me that these cards bring a higher price than the player’s card with the Rookie Card logo. I have also noticed that these cards have the player in a major league team’s uniform even though he is still in the minors. This is very confusing to baseball rookie card collectors. More >