Collecting While Stuck at Home | Write TTM Letters

In this new, limited blog series, “20 Ways to Collect While Stuck at Home,” we offer ideas for enjoying your collection at times when a standard hobby experience is not possible. Illness, financial constraints, or any number of factors might temporarily keep collectors from participating…

The Importance Behind Third-Party Authentication and Grading

  One of the toughest decisions any collector faces is when to part ways with all or some of his collection. It’s often based on finances – or lack thereof – and brings with it an emotional toll. It could…

Who Wants a Fascinating TTM Autograph Project?

TTM = Through the Mail I’ve always found hobby projects to be most enjoyable when they have a specific theme and force me to learn something new while adding items to my collection. Of all the different manners in which…

Does a Player’s Autograph Add Value to His Card?

  Ever since I entered this great hobby, I’ve been collecting on-card autographs. The majority of them I got signed in person. I’ve always found it fascinating to watch a player sign his cursive, and then see if he adds…

Celebrating Mickey Mantle’s Hobby Impact 24 Years After His Death

  The first time I met Mickey Mantle I was standing on the dais at the first-ever, Upper Deck Authenticated (UDA) kickoff press conference luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The date was Tuesday, Sept. 22,…

Parkside Collectibles Taps into the Lacrosse Card Market

In the river of trading card information that regularly flows across my desk, one release caught my attention and caused me to do a double-take. It wasn’t Bowman Chrome, Topps Heritage or some other issue that is already popular with…

Four Reasons to Visit PSA During Comic-Con

The Southern California sun is shining bright, summer blockbusters are underway and San Diego Comic Con-International is prepping to host its annual gathering of all things geekdom. Fanboys and girls of all sorts from across the galaxy warp in each…

Ruthian-Sized Auction Price Realized for Lou Gehrig Autographed Photo

  Throughout the past century, every sports superstar has had his trusty sidekick. Bill Russell had Bob Cousy. Wayne Gretzky had Mark Messier. And, of course, Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen. But in the annals of baseball, there is one…

The Evolution of Tiger Woods’ Autograph

  Having clinched his 15th major last month, Tiger Woods is once again topical and relevant. Despite personal troubles, four back surgeries and just as many knee surgeries over the past decade, Tiger’s march back to prominence culminated with his…