In my last post, we looked at the accomplishments and rookie cards of Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. A funny thing happened though after I posted it, I felt really inspired to do another All-Time Great pitcher, Greg Maddux.
It seems in every sport there is “that one” player that transcends the sport they represent. They exceed to such a degree they become cultural icons. If you can visualize with me for a moment a Mount Rushmore of elite players that were larger than life.
It’s winter here in the Mid-West, Northwest Indiana more specifically, about 30 minutes east of Chicago. As I write this its currently 35 degrees which isn’t too bad compared to other winters. I’m asking fellow collectors to get me the bug spray. An odd request being its the first week of the new year. You […]
In an effort to minimize distractions I am posting here publicly my collecting goals for the 2020 year. The purpose is to help me prioritize my collecting, does this mean that I will not relapse into another distracting episode? No. It does not. You know how it is.
Jason Kidd is also known as “The Magician” for his uncanny ability to pass the rock. He was born in San Francisco, CA but was raised in the Hills of Plaid Valley Oakland where the rich folks lived. But he was influenced to play basketball in the Flat Lands of Oakland where the ghetto folks […]
Terry Bradshaw has lived most of his life in the spotlight. First as a quarterback for the Pittsburg Steelers then as a lively television commentator. His claim to fame was leading the Steelers of the 1970s to one of the greatest dynasties winning four Super Bowl Championships.
When speaking of modern-day Hall of Famers I believe the rookie cards of Deion Sanders are some of the most underrated in the hobby. I say that because I believe when we sit down and truly consider what Deion Sanders has accomplished, in both the NFL and the MLB, it’s truly quite phenomenal and highly […]
The football story of Barry Sanders starts in high school. However, the only thing to really tell you about Barry and his high school career is that he was a nobody. An average kid playing high school football is all. He wasn’t labeled a football prodigy or an elite prospect. In fact, he wasn’t even […]
If you only listen to the hype you will develop a misconception that says, Ray Allen was a great 3 point shooter. Although true, he was also a complete player that later in his career became a great shooter. He was a playmaker and had a way of breaking down defenses with his speed, athleticism, […]
In the game of football, the cornerback is a member of the defensive backfield also known as the secondary. Their primary job is to cover receivers and defend against offensive plays by creating turnovers or by deflecting the ball to break up the play. These are the skill sets that Ty Law excelled in.
Anybody who knows me knows how passionate I am about rookie cards. In fact, this entire website deals with “Collecting Rookie Cards of Cherished Hall of Famers.” However, there are a few things that currently concern me about our beloved RC. Primarily, the blatant misuse of the RC logo in today’s product.
I recently heard something that made me “fact check” its accuracy. I heard Grant Hill is the first, former Duke basketball player to enter into the Basketball Hall of Fame. What!? With all that talent Duke University has developed over the decades? Well, it’s true friends.
For me, it was the turn of the century. I was relieved because the threat of Y2K did not have any negative implications on mankind. So I headed off to Woodmar Mall where I consistently set up as a dealer at their quarterly card shows. It was on this day I set my eyes and […]
At the height of the rookie card boom of the 1980’s many anticipated great things from players such as Don Mattingly, Jose Canseco, and Gregg Jefferies just to name a few. Many hoped these prospects would make an impact but Dale Murphy was already the impact player of that era.
Recently, I was at work and we were talking sports on our lunch break as we often do. I proposed a question to my co-workers, “In your opinion, who is a current-day hockey player that you would say is at the Tom Brady or Mike Trout level? Their choice had to be a current-day player not […]
As a young 24-year-old man Tony Pedro Oliva had to make an extremely difficult decision. He wanted to play Major League Baseball but to do so meant he would be expelled from his native homeland of Cuba by an authoritative decree. If he wanted to pursue American baseball he had to leave his home, his […]
The irony of writing this piece about Tom Brady is that he literally, without exaggeration nor inaccuracy is the greatest quarterback of All-Time! If you were to compare it to boxing, he is the undisputed Heavy Weight Champion of the world. Love him or hate him you can not deny his accomplishments nor his statistics.
When thinking of legendary Dodger baseball players we think of Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, and Don Sutton. But the origins of Dodger baseball goes much deeper than that. Before the 1958 season, they were known as the Brooklyn Dodgers. It is here that you will find another tier of legend.
The National Sports Collectors Convention 2019 did not disappoint. Despite the negativity of some let me tell you the hobby of sports card collecting and memorabilia is alive and well. An estimated 50,000+ hobby enthusiasts walked through the doors and created a vibe of excitement for the ages.
A recently new category on All-Time Greats is “Should Be Greats.” In this category, we will feature players that at one time or another were eligible for Hall of Fame Induction but were not voted in and their eligibility expired. My inspiration for this came by way of
The home run era started in the late eighties. But the decade of the 1990s gave baseball fans the most offensive, run-scoring era the game had ever seen. Records were broken and highlight reels filled sports performance networks. At its peak, two players always stood out. Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas.
Mike Trout is a phenomenon. His extraordinary play on the field is not only impressive but its a once in a lifetime occurrence. In the era of social media, one can observe this prodigy consistently put up numbers only comparable to the likes of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams or Mickey Mantle.
Let’s just say hypothetically speaking, you’ve been influenced by someones sports card collection. You’re curious and interested. Perhaps you were referred to this website by a friend. Perhaps you were doing a word search on the search engine of your choice and you stumbled across this website by accident.
There are good players and there are great players. And once in a generation comes along a player that is elite. The best of the best. They are the players that change the game forever. Ones that not only leave their impression on a team or city but on an entire era. Bobby Orr is […]
Like many red-blooded Canadians, Phil Esposito grew up around the ice. That’s just what he did, every moment he had he played, he loved it and always played for fun. My consistency in posting lately has been on ice too. We recently sold our house, moved into a rental and have started plans to build […]
Mike Mussina seemingly has always been overshadowed by an era of baseball dominated by the likes of Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Greg Maddux to name a few. But in our current Sabrmetrics Era, when you do the math, Mike Mussina ranks right up there with some of the greatest to ever play.
Roy Halladay’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019 was bitter-sweet. Joy for his induction but yet sadness for his memory. Since his death in 2017 many baseball fans were patiently waiting and hoping that he would be a first time ballot entry. HOF Voters did not disappoint, Halladay was voted in on […]
I remember the peak of the sports card boom of the 1990s. It was the birth of chase cards, also known as insert cards. Then along came game-used jersey cards and in the background, very subtly, there was a powerhouse coming to light, on-card autograph’s! Likewise, in that same decade, was the Seattle Mariners. They […]
The closer is the only position in baseball that has no margin for error. There is an expectation of perfection. Your job is to come into the last inning of a game, get handed a bad situation then you’re expected to take out the competition without flaw. There is a pressure that the closer must […]
It seems to me, the Baseball Writers Association of America, the folks that cast ballots on Hall of Fame inductions, are as divided as the U.S. Congress. I’ve read the articles, I’ve watched the episodes and I’ve heard the debates on who should and should not be allowed into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Mr Speaker. Mr Vice President. Members of Congress. My Fellow Americans. After celebrating the birth of my Savior I enter the New Year with much anticipation and hope. The Flagship: Topps Series 1 Baseball is due to release in two weeks or so. And collectors across our great land eagerly anticipate Wednesday mornings for the […]
I remember growing up as a kid listening to the radio. Typically at the end of the year there was a popular radio program I loved to listen to, Casey Kasem’s Billboard Top 100 of (insert year here). It was a classic radio program and it gave us the favorite songs of that year. I’ve […]
My last three post have been dedicated to the iconic rookie card. We’ve dissected it’s past in an effort to Understand the Complexities of the Rookie Card and we’ve looked at the original definition in an effort to gain a more definite, distinct and clear understanding via The 10 Commandments of the Rookie Card.
Collectors today have options. There is something for every type of sports card collector. But the one thing most, if not all, sports card collectors have in common is the rookie card. We can collectively appreciate and recognize the value found in them. However, it’s been a bumpy road.
It’s no secret. This website is centered around my passion for collecting rookie cards of Hall of Famers. When asked, “what do you collect?” it typically brings a smile to my face. A better question would be, “what are you collecting right now?” For me, it doesn’t matter the sport, card manufacturer, nor the era […]
Today when you think of the San Francisco Giants one can quickly refer to Barry Bonds. I mean who can blame you, he won the MVP four times in a row and is the current reining home run king. But before Barry there was Willie and I’m not speaking of Willie Mays, another Giants great, […]
Settling in on a Sunday afternoon getting ready to watch Game 5 of the World Series. Boston Red Sox lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 3 games to 1 and more than likely will go on to win their 9th World Series Championship. So it got me to thinking about Boston legends like: Jimmy Collins, Joe […]
Sandy Koufax had a slow start in the major leagues. Drafted in 1955 he struggled the first two years in the league, in fact he couldn’t find the strike zone to save his life but he watched, observed and learned. The result. He evolved into the most dominating pitcher, without a doubt and with no […]
It’s been about 7 weeks since my last post. Once upon a time, prior to a complete home remodel which included a new kitchen, a new bathroom, floors, paint and new interior doors with trim, I had the free time to write. But enough of that let’s talk cards. Also, once upon a time, prior […]
Brian Urlacher was the type of football player that was expected to get a sack. He was expected to get the interception, the big hit and when it came to crunch time everyone expected him to make it happen. Why did they expect that? Because that’s what he consistently delivered.
If you get a chance talk to a baby-boomer (someone born between 1946-1965) about baseball card collecting. I’m sure you’ll hear plenty of stories of how they were purchased for pennies, how they traded them, played with them and put them on their bike spokes so that it would make that cool clicking noise.
It’s been said, “For the rare breed who dare stand between the pipes. Alone and vulnerable. The job description is simple. No matter how, no matter what – just stop the puck.” – Author unknown. Newly inducted Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur did just that, for 22 seasons he stopped pucks better than anyone else.
My previous post was on All-Time Great, Marcel Dionne. The following day the NHL released the names of the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees. Martin St. Louis was one of those chosen for this years class. “Marti” and Marcel have one thing in common, their size. Marti St. Louis stands at 5′ 8″ tall and […]
Marcel Dionne, also known as, “The Little Beaver” was drafted 2nd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1971 draft. He was affectionately given that nick-name because he was only 5′ 7″ tall. He was short but stocky. His super power ability was to weave through defenders at high speeds allowing him to be […]
Wanting to up my Hockey Greats category while watching my beloved Cubbies play Philadelphia, I was surprised to hear that the Phillies were in first place the week prior. I couldn’t help thinking that perhaps they found inspiration in the Eagles winning the Super Bowl. So I decided, why not keep the Philly theme going […]
Have you ever been to a Target Store to buy some packs or blaster boxes of cards only to find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of choices that are available to you? You may get that same feeling inside a card shop or card show but at least in these type of venues you’ll have […]
Randy “Super Freak” Moss never suffered from low self-esteem. His perspective was that he was the best ever. He proclaimed it with such conviction and passion that he reminded me of a modern-day Cassius Clay who often proclaimed publicly, “I must be the greatest!” Call it arrogant, cocky, or just confident here’s what we need […]
Typically when I write about any player I do not like to focus on the drama that individuals allegedly have had in their lives. If you look at my “About This Blog” statement you will notice that I decided long ago that this website is to educate and inspire collectors to gain a greater respect […]
In my line of work there are Union Organizations that have come into Work Agreements with the Carrier. When there is an alleged violation of those agreements the organization has a right to file a grievance, also known as a complaint. There is a process and procedure established to respond to these complaints in an […]
Ray Lewis, nicknamed “Sugar” played his entire 17 year career with the Baltimore Ravens. Some may say that he didn’t play for the them, instead they’ll claim that he is the Baltimore Ravens. But he’s not just the face of the franchise. Between 1996-2012 he was the Original Raven, the Team Captain, the General, the […]
Robert Brazile nicknamed, “Dr. Doom” played his entire 10 year career (1975-1984) with the Houston Oilers. His craft was the outside linebacker position but obviously he was no ordinary linebacker. Brazile set a new standard for the position and for his entire career he maintained a standard of excellence.
Jerry Kramer (not the guy from the show Seinfeld) nicknamed Zipper, was a 6′ 3″ 245lb Guard that played for the Green Bay Packers between 1958-1968. He was highly thought of by his coach Vince Lombardi who said, “Kramer is the best Guard in the league.” Such high accolades by such a prominent figure like […]
My last post was on the newly inducted Hall of Famer and former San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman. As a blogger, I often seek for something to inspire my next post. Hit with the flu and feeling a bit under the weather this past week or so, all I wanted was rest. I finally mustered […]
It was something right out of a movie. The San Diego Padres find themselves in a bit of a pinch trying to get the final out of the eighth inning. Manager Bruce Bochy comes out to relieve his pitcher and immediately there is a buzz that starts to come from the stands, the fans knew […]
Two things have always stood out to me about newly inducted Hall of Famer Jim Thome. For starters his socks. They were worn about as high as they can go and the cuff of his pants were about an inch or so below the knee cap exposing most of his socks. The other memorable characteristic […]
Today when I think of baseball’s big men I think of 6′ 7″ Aaron Judge or 6′ 6″ Giancarlo Stanton. Likewise when I think of big men at the turn of the century I think of 6′ 3″ 235 lb Vladimir Guerrero. He was a strong man with long legs and what appeared to be […]
Larry Wayne Jones, Jr was given the nickname “Chipper” by his family who viewed him as a “chip off the old block,” referring to his father who was a teacher and baseball coach at a local high school. The influence of his father paid off as the Atlanta Braves chose Chipper as the No.1 Draft […]
Back into the hobby for a few years now, I’ve set out to collect rookie cards of Hall of Famers. But you know what happens next don’t you? It happens to so many of us. Like that scene in the Disney movie “UP”. A pack of talking dogs are scheming a diabolical plan to catch […]
It’s no secret. I did not collect baseball cards between 2004-2014 and I casually followed baseball during that time. But when I got serious about my card collecting again I got caught up on things. I recall learning that Donnie Baseball was not in the Baseball Hall of Fame. I remember my displeasure as I […]
On Sunday December 10, 2017 Baseball’s Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee announced their picks for the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Committee voted and it was a proud day for the city of Detroit as two of their own were chosen: Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. There were 10 players on the ballot.
Jack Morris’ 18 year career began in 1977 and ended in 1994. He played on four different organizations: Detroit Tigers 1977-1990; Minnesota Twins in 1991; Toronto Blue Jays in 1992-1993 and Cleveland Indians in 1994. His weapon of choice was a fastball, a slider and his go to pitch the split-finger fastball. Over the years […]
Congratulations are due to Houston Astros for being the 2017 World Series Champions! The Astros were established in 1962 and have never won the championship title – that’s 56 years! Looking into things a bit further I was equally impressed with the career of the first Astro ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, […]
As a collector Roberto Clemente is one that I personally collect. As we would say in the collecting community, “I PC Roberto.” For that reason this post may seem a bit biased, but with good reason. When you consider all that he accomplished on and off the field one can clearly see why he’s considered […]
Shaquille O’Neal has almost as many nicknames as his size 23 shoe. He is also known as: The Big Aristotle, Hobo Master, Shaq, The Diesel, Shaq Fu, The Big Daddy, Superman, The Big Agave, The Big Cactus, The Big Shaqtus, The Big Galactus, Wilt Chamberneezy, The Big Baryshnikov, The Real Deal, The Big Shamrock, […]
Morten “The Great Dane” Andersen, also known as “Mr. Automatic,” played in 25 NFL seasons. The first 13 years with the New Orleans Saints and an eight year stint with the Atlanta Falcons made up the majority of those years. He is only the second Kicker enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame, second only […]
The story of Kurt Eugene Warner is considered one of the greatest stories in NFL history. He is considered by many as the best un-drafted NFL player of all-time. After high school he attended the University of Northern Iowa and earned a degree in communications which serves him well today as a television football analyst.
After a very successful National Convention held in Chicago just two weeks ago the baseball card industry captured that momentum nicely with it’s National Baseball Card Day. At first, my thoughts wandered a bit; Is this like Christmas in July? Do collectors have their own holiday now? Do I get the day off from work? […]
Head south on Lake Shore Drive you want to get onto I-294 westbound, you have several ways on how to get onto I-294 but what do I look like Google Maps you mook! I say that jokingly with a little bit of Chicago attitude of course. The Donald E. Stephenson Convention Center hosted the 2017 […]
Legend has it that as a young teenager Eric Lindros played power forward and had a way of physically dominating players much older than he was. He was able to score quite frequently as well and these two attributes were at the core of his success. He had big man physical presence with the agility […]
I will try to restrain myself as I make this declaration. It is my unqualified opinion and the opinion of many who are qualified, that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all-time! His accomplishments on the court, and his marketing star power put the NBA on the mountaintop for many years.
Honus Wagner started his career as a professional baseball player at the turn of the century. For every bit of a decade he dominated in just about every batting statistic in the game. He was no defensive slouch either, in fact to this day he is regarded as the greatest shortstop to ever play the […]
Baseball at the turn of the century was a sport with a tarnished image. It was a sport known for the lazy and uneducated, men who spent their time gambling, boozing, or womanizing. Little did anyone know that a young man was being raised in Factoryville Pennsylvania that would enhance the image of the professional […]
It has been said and well documented that Walter Johnson was a humble man. A gentle natured giant that was not only a legendary pitcher but a role model of good sportsmanship. He was such a gentleman he preferred not to throw a pitch inside due to concerns that he might hit someone.
Chamberlin is considered one of the All-Time Greats of the game and one of the most dominant players in NBA history. Monte Johnson, former teammate, has been quoted saying, “Wilt had unbelievable endurance and speed…and was never tired.” He had multiple nicknames but wasn’t a fan of any of them, except for one, “The Big […]
William Felton Russell holds the title of Most Winningest Player in basketball history. He led his alma mater at the University of San Francisco to 2 NCAA Championships in 1955-56. He then went on to the 1956 Summer Olympics where as captain of the Mens Basketball Team dominated the olympics and beat Russia for the […]
Tim Raines Sr is regarded as one of the greatest leadoff hitters and baserunners in baseball history. He was voted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 but it did not come that easily here in U.S. He received 86% of the vote in his tenth and final year of eligibility in 2017.
A good indicator of a players impact upon the game they represent is whether or not they’re inducted into the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. This was the case with Ivan Rodriguez, earning 76% of the vote in his first year eligible (75% of the vote is needed). When receiving the […]
What makes Piazza’s statistics and achievements remarkable is that he was drafted in the 62nd Round of the 1988 draft and was the 1,390th overall pick! Expectations were not very high for him but he got his foot in the door and made the most of it. The other remarkable fact we have to realize […]
Babe Ruth is best known as a home run hitter, a true slugger of his day. What many folks don’t know about Ruth is that he started his major league career as a pitcher and a really good one! In 1916 he finished the season with a 23-12 record, with a 1.75 ERA and nine […]
On the field Cobb was known for his over the top aggressive base running and his ability to hit the ball to all parts of the field. A true craftsman of the sport he loved. After his retirement he’s been quoted as saying, “I never could stand losing. Second place didn’t interest me. I had […]
In my adventures of buying sports card collections I’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm. I get it! You’ve had these sports cards in your possession for 20-30+ years now. These cards have been stored for so long you forgot you had them. You see my business card pictured above and you have an “aha” moment! […]
During the mid to late 1980’s through the mid to late 1990’s there was a sportscard boom that swept the nation. Much of it in my opinion was brought on by several factors: sportscard manufacturers competing against one another creating new designs, new concepts thus creating high demand. Mammoth homeruns being hit with alarming frequency, […]
In business there is a motto that says, the key to any business is: location, location, location! The sports card business has a motto of its own that is equally important: condition, condition, condition! Did I mention it’s all about condition. It’s importance should never be brushed off nor ignored. When purchasing, selling, trading or […]
Many folks have visited a foreign country on their bucket list. My wife has Italy on her bucket list, my son really wants to visit Japan. A good rule of thumb when entering a foreign land is to learn the lingo. At the very least the basics like, “where’s the bathroom?” Sportscard collecting is no […]