Posts in category: Cardboard Icons
Thrift Treasures 102: Nomo Mojo for $5

Surely you’ve heard of “weekend warriors,” a phrase that has been given to many groups of people including those who run around to various garage sales and flea markets looking for treasures.  Well, have this week I was a Wednesday Warrior. I went to visit a friend who recently had surgery and during this trip […]

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1960 Topps Willie McCovey 

I’m a big fan of Willie McCovey but I’ve never really been a huge fan of his 1960 Topps rookie card. Reason? It’s ugly.  The rendition of McCovey isn’t exactly flattering. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: McCovey looks like a deer on this card. I digress. Being the rookie card collector […]

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1909-11 t206 Christy Mathewson

So, as you are probably aware no cards produced before 1933 are technically classified as rookie cards.  That said, I have sort of adopted the t206 set as my go-to for many of the early stars of the game, such as Christy Mathewson.  I purchased this ratty Mathewson in 2007.  It may have actually been […]

A proud father moment: kids hold a century-old Honus Wagner

In my last post I discussed my alternative to THE Honus Wagner card and described why I think the 1909-11 Colgan’s Chips card/disc is a fair replacement in a collection that likely will never see the Million Dollar Card Well, lastnight I cracked the Wagner from its SGC case so that I could submit it […]

An alternative to THE Honus Wagner t206 card has arrived

Like many of you, the 1909-11 t206 Honus Wagner is considered the Holy Grail of Sportscards.  It’s such a rare card that even in the worst condition an authentic copy costs about as much as a house. Well, I’ve come to terms with the fact that unless I managed to unearth one of these Wagners […]

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1972 Topps Carlton Fisk / Cecil Cooper 

Since my last post was a Red Sox rookie upgrade, I may was well follow it up with another.  Carlton Fisk had one of the most memorable home runs in baseball history while with Boston. Here is the raw copy of his 1972 Topps rookie card, which is also the rookie card of another solid […]

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski

There’s something about Carl Yastrzemski that had always been appealing to me.  Maybe it’s the fact that he’s a legend. Maybe it’s because he played for my favorite team. Maybe it’s because I learned at an early age how to spell his last name and pronounce it.  Whatever the reason, the 1960 Topps Yastrzemski rookie […]

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1971 Topps Dave Concepcion

I’ve been doing quite a bit of upgrading over the last few months. One of the cards I upgraded somewhat recently was m 1971 Topps Dave Concepcion rookie card.  The 1971 set is a really tough set to get in good condition.  Those black borders make the cards susceptible to chipping, which was a major […]

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1965 Topps Steve Carlton

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something here.  I honestly had tried three posts in the last two weeks but I could not get them uploaded.  It took me a little while to realize that in my near eight years since I started this blog I managed to use up all the space they […]

In Memoriam: Dave Henderson (July 21, 1958- Dec. 27, 2015) 

I loved watching this guy play.  I also went to school with his twin nieces. This saddens me tremendously.  This is his 1982 Topps rookie card. 

I always wanted to do this for my kids … 

I finally did what I wanted to do for years. I got them the Topps Santa Claus autograph cards for their stockings. 

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1959 Topps Sparky Anderson

The old 1959 Topps Sparky Anderson rookie card has been in my collection for almost a decade. The card is centered nicely but features creases consistent with being stepped in by a bare foot.    The new Anderson in my collection, obtained recently during a great sale at, is centered nicely, doesn’t have the […]

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1976 Topps/OPC Dennis Eckersley

I’ve owned quite a few Dennis Eckersley rookie cards over the years, all of which are not as good as this raw copy. Kind of sad.   Well, thanks to the Internet and a certain card site, I was able to upgrade to a clean PSA 8 O-Pee-Chee rookie. This will also get converted into […]

Thrift Treasures 101: An authenticated signed baseball for under $3

I almost missed it. Last week I took my 5-year-old to the thrift store with me and as soon as we got to the toy section he started doing pee-pee dance. I did a quick eye scan of the toys as we headed to the restroom on the corner of the store.  I saw nothing […]

Upgrading the ’56 Mantle

There certainly is no shortage of iconic Mickey Mantle baseball cards. He wasn’t the best player — although he certainly is in the conversation — but he is the king of the hobby. Hands down. And along with that status comes a large following for his vintage cardboard. Many factors could play into which is […]

Black Friday: THE most humbling day for a card addict

Black Friday is a shoppers paradise. For card collectors it means big savings on regularly priced items at any of the large online dealers. For members of it also means you’re able to load up on singles at deeply discounted prices. As a buyer, it’s great.  I buy a bunch of singles every year. […]

Sometimes all you have to do is ask …

I sent about three dozen TTM requests this year to prospects, everyday players, etc and not a single one had been returned. Well, at least not until today. My mother-in-law called to tell me I had a package at her house.  I figured it was one of my eBay purchases but when she handed me […]

Rookie Card Upgrade 8: 2011 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractor Craig Kimbrel (BGS 9)

I have a thing for electric closers. Kimbrel definitely fits the mold and about three years ago I bought this raw 2011 Topps Chrome Rookie Autograph for my collection.    Kimbrel has been a stud ever since, but demand for his cards decreased due in part to the fact that he had since been traded […]

HOF Rookie Card: 1933 Goudey Carl Hubbell BVG 4

Perhaps the biggest PC addition to come out of my most-recent COMC Mailday was this 1933 Goudey Carl Hubbell rookie card graded a 4 by Beckett Grading.      The centering is amazing. The back is clean. The surface is fantastic. The price was unbeatable. Hubbell was a two-time NL MVP, nine-time All Star, a […]

This needs to be said about our hobby and card “values” in wake of Rousey loss

I’m not an MMA fan per se. I don’t buy Pay Per Views, seek Online streaming of events or even care really about who’s the champ of their weight class in whatever promotion. But unless you were living under a rock last night there was no chance you were going to avoid the hot topic: […]

Discounted 2014 Bowman Platinum blaster pays off with Correa ink

I made a quick stop today at a Target to see if they had any WWE Topps Archives (they didn’t have any) and ended up finding a stray discounted 2014 Bowman Platinum blaster hidden on the bottom shelf. It’s a fun product at $12.99 a box for eight packs because it has autographs of most […]