Building a Collection on a Budget

  One reason that card collecting is a fantastic hobby is that we alone define the scope of our collections. Another benefit is that a thick billfold is not a prerequisite for building a meaningful and enjoyable collection. Many hobbyists…

Diamonds in the Junk – 1992 Score Series 1 Baseball

  For collectors of a certain age there is something oddly comforting about junk wax cards. Far too many were printed, they’re littered with quasi-errors and print issues, and “rare” chase cards are numbered in the thousands. However, they are…

A Halloween Survey of Creepy Non-Sports Cards

The world of non-sports cards is fascinating because the breadth of subjects that can be represented on cardboard is never-ending. Sets featuring movies, music, television shows and superheroes are popular themes that have been revisited many times over the decades,…

Diamonds in the Junk – 1990 Score Series II Football

  For collectors of a certain age there is something oddly comforting about junk wax cards. Far too many were printed, they’re littered with quasi-errors and print issues, and “rare” chase cards are numbered in the thousands. However, they are…

Diamonds in the Junk – 1991 Upper Deck Baseball

  For collectors of a certain age there is something oddly comforting about junk wax cards. Far too many were printed, they’re littered with quasi-errors and print issues, and “rare” chase cards are numbered in the thousands. However, they are…

Diamonds in the Junk – 1991 Pacific Plus Football

  For collectors of a certain age there is something oddly comforting about junk wax cards. Far too many were printed, they’re littered with quasi-errors and print issues, and “rare” chase cards are numbered in the thousands. However, they are…

Collecting Autographs Through the Mail

  There are many ways for hobbyists to add to their autograph collections. Participating in private signings, attending personal appearances, visiting hotels where celebrities are staying and purchasing PSA-authenticated signatures from hobby dealers are all legitimate ways to build a…

How the Hobby Led to a HOF Campaign

  While acquiring new cards is a key tenet of having a collection, I have found that the connections we make in the hobby are as important and enjoyable, if not more so, than the cards themselves. Back in December…

Building Themed Collections

  There are infinite ways to build an autograph collection, but in my experience the hobbyists who have themes and goals seem to derive greater enjoyment out of their hobby than those who collect without guidelines. That is not to…