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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 >

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A Generation Apart


By Matt Hall aka DesertBoots


No more than a month ago, my six year old son and I visited a card shop in town that had opened earlier in the year. This was his first visit to a sports card shop of any kind which made it one of those unique father and son experiences. He had emptied his entire piggy bank of coins, totalling a little over five dollars, in hopes of buying his first pack of cards. I had not actively collected cards in the past twenty years so I had no idea of what to expect in regards More >

Fantasy Autographs

By Paul Deeds aka bobreaker50


Fantasy football is one of the most popular games around the United States. Since its’ inception in 1962, Fantasy football has taken on many forms. It began innocently enough at the Milford Plaza Hotel with three Oakland California football minds; Wilfred “Bill” Winkenbach, Bill Tunnel, and Scotty Starling. One (Winkenbach) was a minority owner of the Raiders, Tunnel worked in the Raiders Public Relations department, and Starling wrote for the Oakland Tribune. The three developed a system of rules to govern the game with the intent “to bring together some of Oakland’s finest Saturday morning gridiron More >

Put in the Coaches!


By Paul Deeds aka bobreaker50


As I’ve endured the NFL lockout it has reminded me how few things in sports are stable these days. At the end of every NFL season I sweat out the future of several free agents. Will Nnamdi Asumugha stay in Oakland? Where will Michael Huff play in 2011? Can the Raiders keep both Michael Bush and Zach Miller? After these questions are answered I will have to learn about all the new players wearing Silver and Black as I did with Kamiron Whimbley, Quenton Groves, and Jason Campbell last year.


The one constant on most teams is More >

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Throw it Back!

By Paul Deeds aka Bobreaker50

Throw it back! Throw it back! One of the most enduring lines from sports cinema shows young Henry Rowengardner being pressured by the crowd to return a home run ball in the film Rookie of the Year. The young teen gives in to the crowd and launches the ball back onto the field where it lands in the catcher’s mit and the story goes on from there. Not exactly the focal point of the movie, but I will examine the thought process behind this act as a basis for a potential contest.


Sports give us some More >

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Card Collecting – A World of Misconception


By Joe Mosley aka LGB Cards

I have collected cards for many years now. I started collecting due to my love of basketball, I started collecting basketball cards when I was about 11 and collected for about 5 years. I enjoyed collecting my favorite players and all of the conversations that arose between friends and I over who was the best, who was better, who was going to be a star, and so on. At that time card collecting was viewed as acceptable due to me being young and it was supported by family and friends. Eventually I stopped collecting towards More >