One Collector's Thoughts:
Revisiting The Back of the Card
          I took my own advice and was looking at the back of cards. Topps always has stats, etc on the back of their cards and a congratulations for the higher end stuff noting you received an autograph or relic.
           The Donruss by Panini are similar for the cheaper products. Plain white background with a line of statistics.
          The thing about Panini was, when they use a photo on the front of the card. They used the same photo on the back of the card. Man! What happen to cards like Upper Deck, where they gave you 2 different photos. I know Panini doesn't have a license in baseball, but it was on the football and basketball products, as well.

         Then I noticed they use the same photo on every type of card for some players. High end, & low end. I have the Austin Hooper (Atlanta Falcons) in the same exact position on a low end base card and a Gold Standard card.  I was like what the heck. I think that is why I like Topps Stadium Club, some photos are blah, but the majority has great photos. When I flip over the card there was a new photo to look at. Heck even the poorly designed yellow 1991 Fleer had a different photo on the back.
           Upper Deck just had it right in my opinion with a hitting photo or pose on the front. Then added an action photo on the back, along with some stats for the baseball number nerds, like myself.
            1992 Topps had the cool panoramic view of stadiums that was pretty cool. 1993 had the little insert photo. But the all time favorite was the 1992 Topps Stadium Club, where it would feature that players Topps Rookie card. Now that was
awesome.
               That is something I would love Topps to do again and be able to see what they declare is the Rookie Card. The other things is would they use Bowman cards as the Rookie cards being that they are under the same company.
                So look at the photos on the back of the cards, if available. See for yourself. Compare the photos front and back and tell me if you think! I do feel the overproduced era had a lot of great things going that we don't see much anymore.

Enjoy Collecting Amigos!
One Collector's Thoughts:
What Is Missing In An Autograph?
          So when I was dreaming of becoming a MLB ball player. I would sign some of my old cards and baseballs. I once heard that player would have 2 signatures, one for business, and one for personal use. The business autograph was to help with speed and the amount of space provide on what they signed. Bats, balls, cards, posters, and others.

My practice signature now is for both because of all the practice. I made sure you saw my 2 initials, so that when someone had it the would go "OH MY GOLLY" I found a Diego Torres autograph ball, it is worth millions. LOL

So my point being in this modern collecting world, I understand these guys are signing 1,000 cards in one sitting. They have to be fast and they have to get things done but the autographs look like crap, or they basically said I am
getting paid to be lazy.

Packers rookie sign with just a J. A wrestler decided to do a "V" which in some cases looks like the seagulls from a distance. Then there are just scribble and not patterned in any way. Ryne Sandberg has the ugliest signature and I would never make out who it was if I found it in the flea market.

I feel that sometimes these athletes, actor, or celebrities, should take a little more pride in the fact that people are collecting their signature. These fans are wanting something that has been in the hands of the player, actor, or other. In a lot of cases it is meaningful.

Hell when I got Ryne Sandberg autograph in person, I got teary eyed. My sports hero signed the ball I gave him. I was stoked when a friend hooked me up with a Sandberg auto card. Which proves fans care that you took time to sign something.

I know, I know they are probably thinking man, I have to sign all these things. I have other stuff to do so let me initial them to save time, and still get paid. But come up with something quick, and a distorted enough to be able to guess your name. That is all I ask! I am a guy who wants to be in your shoes, who practiced his signature to make my fans happy. Now my signature is not totally legible but it is definitely not lazy, which I believe is worse that ugly.

What is missing in the autograph, I would say pride, work ethic, and comprehension. That 1.57 seconds of your time, is so much better than .97 seconds, and your fans will appreciate it more. I also know most readers would agree. Bregman got it right!

Enjoy collecting those good autographs.
One Collector's Thoughts:
Card Sorting Is Beneficial! Maybe?
          Like many of us, I am on the task of getting organized with my baseball cards. I don't know as daunting as the task my seem, I enjoy every second of getting the cards in order.
It helps me relax after a long day of thinking and I think it keeps me sharp at work. Well my in my line of work we are constantly looking for mistakes and/or missing information. I believe the sorting at the speed that I do help my brain function a tad bit better. Not scientifically proven but just my thoughts.
This will be my 8th cycle through my collection adding in more cards. Why pondering what to do with the certain ones.
You would think by this point I would have some advice to give but I don't. This article is about the stress relief and unproven benefits.


Benefit #1 ~ I CAN FIND CARDS FASTER.
Man when I sell cards or trade there is always one or 2 I spend hours trying to find biting my nails hoping to find it.

Benefit #2 ~ RELIEVE STRESS
Take out the fact that at times it seems endless, the organize and looking at the cards can be enjoyable. And you feel like you can lower the brain waves for stressful thoughts and focus on the order.

Benefit #3 ~ INTO YOUR COLLECTED SPORT
You are more in touch with your sport! If you are like me your adding in current cards and cards you missed out on during your hiatus. There are countless times where I have said Holy Shit that player has a card with that team... Wow I didn't know.

Benefit #4 ~ YOU CAN MAKE MONEY
Yes getting your cards in order means that you can actually see you have 25 Jose Canseco's and you only want 2. So now you know sell the extra copies to of course get new cards. OR trade for new. Don't kid yourself you want more cards, just not the ones you have already LOL

Benefit #5 ~ SORTING WILL HELP YOU KEEP YOU EDGE
Part of getting older is losing your memory or focus nothing will help that more than sorting cards. (please note I am making this up) Think about it you are constantly keeping order, and focus to keep that collection in line and looking good just in case one day you show it off. (Which is rare) People will say man you are so organized, although it took you 20 years to get that 5000 count box organized and the other 15 5000 count boxes are still unorganized.

Well those are my thoughts, Happy Collecting!
One Collector's*** Thoughts:
The Lost Art Of Opening Wax
      
   Take you back to childhood, you get a pack from the box of your favorite product. You turn it over and open the fold of the pack and look at each card.
   Maybe your favorite player is there, maybe not but you still feel excited at the semi or su
perstar you got!
  You flip the cards over to compare the stats with the other players and maybe if you were lucky and had a friend who collected you traded for the card you wanted.
   Just joy!

   So where did that excitement go?
   I watch a lot of breakers and video and more a more often the sense of joy is gone from pack opening. Some times I feel like I blow through packs on camera because time constraints. But when I sort I am taking my time with all the
cards.
   I check each one out even if I saw it a few times. Maybe it me and I see the players I grew up admiring and I want to learn something more about them or it's a new player that I want to get to know.
   However w
hat I do know is I love opening a pack and discovering what is inside. Happy for every to see every Phillie, Ryne DEE Sandberg, and other players I like.
  So grab a pack, open the pack and DON'T JUST LOOK FOR THE HIT. Check out the art, the information and everything you did when you were a KID!
   One thing about hobbies is they can take you back to a great time in life, relieve stress, and make you happy. IF you let it!
Enjoy the collecting, friends.
  
One Collector's*** Thoughts:
 Online Trading (no not stocks)
       So I recently making a Mail Day video and I was thinking. "Man, why is it that I collect Wil Myers?"
        After some thought it hit me, One he was or still can be talked about as a face of a team. So collecting him is fun because you can find him in High end and entry level products.
     Since he is not a SUPER star you can get his high end stuff for a good price.

     Well while those are good points, the actual reason I think I collect Wil Myers, is because he reminds me of Dale Murphy.
     Nothing statistical, but he is a good player, All Star worthy, and has the charisma of a Mr. Nice Guy. They both have worthy players to collect. Both have been on multiple teams. So I wondered am I the only one that think is Wil Myers today's Dale Murphy.
    To my surprise the comparison was made early in Wil Myers career. Orestes Destrade said his swing was like Dale's. (Look it up LOL)
 
   So maybe I miss the boat on being a Dale Murphy player collector but I have the modern version in Wil Myers.
    Let me know what you think? Comment on Facebook Collector's Club

One Collector's*** Thoughts:
 Online Trading (no not stocks)
 
      Trading, now a days, comes with the world of social media. We have a thousand groups to join for baseball card collecting. Most of which are for selling cards. Other are trading groups, in which that is the main focus.

    These groups are nice because you know the premise of the group is to trade. However these are some of the things I don't understand about trading. I'm a simple guy
who likes baseball cards. So these are some things I think about that leads to questions I ask myself.

    I always thought trading was like you did with your friend
 "Dude, I love Shawon Dunston, and you love Sandberg let's trade".

    However, we are older now and have magazine and websites that tell us the value of a card.  So now trading is like
 "Well my Mike Trout books for $15, so your Nolan Arenado is only $11, what else you got?"

    Why not just trade straight up and use the "change" in another trade? Why not establish a good trading history? This in turn could lead to a point where you are helping each other out filling holes in your collections.

    Social media listing, also gets me confused when a person (**COUGH** me) places items for trade and make request for certain players or teams. You go sorting through your cards, and the person has all you have to offer.

    Why don't we take time to make a short list of cards hoped for in return? Or something more specific like 1996 Sandberg non base? (As I wrote this, I was like why am I not)

    One thing I fall into is the trading because someone posted a "ft" and is not getting any bites. It is always a gamble to take the time to post pictures of cards you have available for trade. Often you see someone else getting flock of collectors to their post but not a peep on yours.  So I think why not try to trade with those guys, just to trade.

    Problem is I don't need the cards because I already have them. So that lead to my thoughts of trader's remorse.

    What if you get trader's remorse? Can you ask for the card back? Am I just to keep it? Very often I keep it, and the "live and learn" thing.

    Most of the time it is because of the "good deed" trade or the card was not what I expected. For example, pictures are available but they can be deceiving. Kind of like me taking an overhead photo to make myself seem thinner. Unintentionally, photos can be taken in bad lighting, with a glare, and so on. Not done purposely but your card is not
posing for a photo shoot. So can I get my card back, or get something else with it?

    With that being expressed, are we responsible to tell the collector we're trading with the issues you see on the card? Granted, I mean with you already providing a photo.

                   These are thing on my mind when trading on social media. These are not to be answered by a mass of collectors. People are different we have givers, takers, fair, and insane. Each will give you an answered based from there thoughts, I just need to answer my own. 

 Happy trading!
One Collector's*** Thoughts:
Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words BUT .....
      I was watching a video about this guy talking about his Mickey Mantle cards from the 60's and he showed how the card had featured not only the home run leaders but also the grand slams hit that year.

     It prompted my memories of when I use to habitually read the back of the cards.  Now a days I do flip the card over, however it is to see if it is numbered. Sometimes I will go to the shop and read older cards but not like I use too.

      One thing that I liked about reading the cards was the extras that were with the stats. I remember one panel comics, personal information, baseball facts, or trivia. There was always something to be taken from the back of the card.

      Now I am not saying that today cards lack content, Topps 2013 would include pretty funny or knowledgeable facts. I am just going over what I like as a youngest collecting.
 
      Going back before phone & the internet, I would read the sports page and check the box scores. In the advertising would be a listing for the newspapers fantasy baseball league. Winner would get a free subscription for that news paper for 2 years. But I wanted to play.

      Now I didn't get of course with the subject, but it is the set up for another memory about reading the back of the cards. I would see what a player did last year by looking at my cards. So I knew what third baseman, would potentially get me more fantasy points. In the 3 years, of those fantasy days I got in the top ten once so my system probably worked. LOL

      So hopefully this sparks your interest back up to read the back of the cards again! At one time is was the second best part of getting a new car. Now a days it seems like we are looking for serial numbers, variations, or something other than what we can learn about the player.

 I'm sooo guilty of doing it!
One Collector's*** Thoughts:
For The Love of Binders
      As most colle
ctors do, you place you cards into 3 ring binder with the 9 pocket pages. But what is done with the binder after that?

    I have seen some 9 pocket pages in really bad shape and the cards get stuck to them.  Now I am not going to tell you how to solve this problem.  Just how would you know their conditions unless you visited them. Binders need some love too, dang it.

    Back in the day, we would go to grandma's house, pull out the album from the cabinet in the end table. Then proceed to look at embarrassing photo's of your mom &/or dad when they were younger. Grandma keep them very well because of this reason.

        Now a days you look on social media to find photos. Some of that will end up lost in time. As will the memories.

    I suggest we take back those days and grab a binder and reflect on why you made a collection binder. Why is the way it is? Why did you love the star player/hometown hero? It would take the same amount of time that you take looking at social media for funny post!

    I started sharing my binder with other collectors and I started to recall what I liked about the players. It also got me thinking about the cards of the past.

    Me, personally I used to take my best or favorite cards and have a small binder for each team. Now, I feel like there can be so much more to add, because my taste has change I have grown as a collector.

    So this post is basically a Public Service Announcement to my readers. Grab your binders and flash back to the day you filled that page. While not every binder collection has a story, we both know there is one that does!

Enjoy your binders again, mis amigos!!!

   
One Collector's*** Thoughts:
Patches, Relics, Game Worn, Player Worn
     I'm learning more & more about the world of card collecting, that I didn't know about before and the little nuances that accompany the cards.  

    After sorting through my cards and separating out autographs, relics, and numbered cards. I focused in on the relics.

    I found myself liking more the commemorative relics, than the pieces of "worn" or "used" material, but not all.

    Now if the cards has a jersey letter, piece of the logo, piece of number, or visible bat piece, those are pretty cool.  Whether worn in a game or 2 seconds in a office, the uniform colors and bat details pop on a card. Of course, it is better when the manufacturer doesn't place them upside down or reverse. (LOL) The is one fragment of the uniform I just don't get the appeal of and that is the laundry tag. I much rather have the uniform manufacturer logo like the Nike Swoosh.

    The piece of single color maybe a stripe are those I really found less appealing. It may have stemmed from reading the back of the cards, which started me on the path to be like "whatever" to the piece of "worn" or "used" material. Upper Deck used to be really specific with where that piece of cloth or wood came from. Other cards went with the vague truth. Player worn, game used, are words you assume the meaning.

    For example they would state on the card, this is a game used bat relic, ok but whose bat? The player on the card? Or the guy who just got sent down because he just wasn't good enough. Same thing as player worn, it doesn't necessarily mean the player on the card wore the t shirt.

    I guess to me that is what would have made that piece special, the details of the patch. Knowing "Well, at least Griffey, himself, wore this". However, the one thing that does help these materials, is the way the are displayed like Triple Threads. The material is behind a cut out word or number, making least a focal point of the card.

    This is why I started to be impressed by the commemorative patches & relics. They are a piece of art within themselves. These can actually stand as collectibles on their own merit. Whether it is pressed hard material such as metal & plastics or sown patches, these pieces can make a card a great display.

    To sum up my thoughts, it is not that I will never buy a card with a single color game worn piece of material. I would just be more likely to buy a commemorative patch, noticeable jersey fragment first, or an bat knob first. If they ran around the same price range.
 
 

Enjoy collecting, mis amigos!
One Collector's*** Thoughts:
Why Am I Not Collecting Miguel Cabrera?
        As you may already Ryne Sandberg is my baseball hero, and I started to collect Mike Trout because of local ties. NO idea why Wil Myers gets a spot in my personal binder collection.

  The one player I do like but for some odd reason don't actively collect is Miguel Cabrera. He only did this;
    11× All-Star (2004–2007, 2010–2016)
    World Series champion (2003)
    2× AL MVP (2012, 2013)
    AL Triple Crown (2012)
    7× Silver Slugger Award (2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
    2× AL Hank Aaron Award (2012, 2013)
    4× AL batting champion (2011–2013, 2015)
    2× AL home run leader (2008, 2012)
    2× AL RBI leader (2010, 2012)

  The one that gets me the most is the  AL Triple Crown in 2012, the guy will forever be mentions with greats that we collect like Carl Yastrzemski, Frank Robinson, and Ted Williams.

  Ok so it wasn't the All Major League Triple Crown but still it is a feat that only 17 others have done.

  So why do I keep passing on this man's cards? Is it because he has kids with a mistress, no shit happens in real life. My family has these examples in it and that doesn't bug me.

  What always sticks out in my head is the kids that was messing with Cabrera at the game Vs the Angels (VIDEO) or even better vs the Indians (VIDEO). That would make me his fan as a parent, if it happen to my kid.

So I have to tell myself leave the prospect cards in the box and get those Miggy cards. Now if I only can do what I wrote.

Collect the players you like, my friends
One Collector's*** Thoughts:
Build A Time Line Collection
      So a little over a month back, I went to a card shop auction. The card shop w
as going out of business, so it was a chance to grab some cheap stuff.

    There I won a bid on some 1955 cards. I was proud of my first vintage buy ( a card in 50's 60's). I got a few Phillies, Washington Senators, New York Giants, Kansas City Athletics and others. I was impressed by the cards because they have with stood the test of time.  This made me look more into vintage cards.

    Being very impressionable, the theories of vintage collecting was planted into my mind. Now by no means do I have the means to afford graded versions of the cards. And the desire to collect full sets of vintage is not there either.

    What I do have is a desire to make a timeline collection. I was going to base it off my life 1975 to current day. Yet with the 1955 cards now in my collection I think it would be awesome to start from there.

    Now I don't know about you guys, but I like the thrill of the hunt. Why? I feel like I found a hidden treasure. Going the modern day root of eBay and COMC is lazy to me , feels like cheating, or expensive. I like going to the card shop sift through the cards a find those that "speak to me".

    Sometime I like the cards for an unknown reason. Maybe it's the design, the player, the art, or another X-factor. Some of my finds thus far have been in flea markets, yard sales, and eBay.  Okay I know, I said eBay is like cheating myself but when something catches your eye, pull the trigger and buy. What I mean is I am not typing 1956 cards, then 1957, so on and so forth.

    Nothing replaces the feeling of what I consider and a good buy and an awesome find.

    There's a good amount of raw vintage cards out there looking for a new home. Now I am opening my doors to included them in my collection. The cards my not be as shiny as cards today but it is a way to look back at how far a hobby has come. Card history has great value, that is why most are reproducing past eras.

    In closing, I look forward to this time line collection I will start to pursue. To see just how far cards have come, and to discover the history with in.

Stay collecting my friends.
One Collector's*** Thoughts:
The Topps Living Set Made Me Think
  So Topps is making a set that will not have a final card made. The plan is to sell 3 cards, at a time. The cards are based off of the 1953 Topps product. Also, it features the work of renowned artist Mayumi Seto. Once sold the card will not be reproduced, unless the player is on another team.

   I kind of like them, but not enough to buy them.

   I think this would drive set builders mad, especially if they miss out a week or two.  I know I would be!

   What confuses me, is I thought Topps NOW was the living set. Apparently, I'm wrong. Nothing new.

   That is not the point, after hearing about it. I started thinking , and Yes! there was smoke coming out of my ears.

   I feel like my set collecting skills are present in a off beat way. The way I do my set is by placing them into team order, not card number.

   However, since I'm easily satisfied, I don't need all the team members from one set. I just need the prime nine positions.
At least one of each;

Pitcher
Catcher
First
Second
Short
Third

   If there is a card list as an Infielder, they can be accepted to fill any infield position that is missing. The only position I need more than 1 is Outfield, I need three of course.

   This all started with a board game my parents got me, you would set a line up. You would flip a cards and it would tell you what each position hitting wise.

   So I made a field on an old piece of card board and positioned my player on the field and made a lineup. I used my baseball cards to determine the batting order. 

   There would be the '91 Fleer Phillies, versus the '91 Topps Phillies. I would play a tournament style, to see who was the best set.

    I would cheat because I knew the CF & SS had the best chance for hits, and RF/1B had the most RBI potential with doubles or home runs. So they Phillies and Cubs always went to the championship.

    To this day, I organize my cards so that each team by brand and year. Thinking "Hmm, I might want to play that game again."

    So I may never buy the living set myself because it would just take to much to get a team finalized. I am happy with just getting regular retail packs to satisfy my "set" collecting.


Everybody enjoy a good set
One Collector's*** Thoughts:
"CARD STREET"
   Buy low, sell high, new stocks are coming in the form of the 2018 rookie class, so I call it "CARD STREET"

   Last MLB season the hype started with Dansby Swanson, during the season his stock drop and all rose for the Aaron Judge rookie card. Then Cody Bellinger join in the rookie card by jumping up his value with great play.

   I asked the Collector's Club who would be the next big rookie, most stated Clint Frazier but it turn out to be the Japanese Babe Ruth Shohei Ohtani. Who card stock made an MLB relief pitcher and card collector, regret his decision to sell the Ohtani red ink Topps Hertiage autograph. ($6,000+)

    Now the craze is seem in box/case break, Angels went from an average $35 to $150+ for a chance at the Ohtani.

   So as a guy with cards who is trying to become a true collector, the question for me is what do I do? My answer, keep buying cards I like and want.

    During the craze for Bellinger & Judge rookie, I ended up with a few card for myself from regular packs. No auto but I really don't need them. I have the rookie card, for my collection and a few variations.

   Why I am I not concerned with auto, low prints etc???. Well, I  really don't see them standing the test of time at some of the prices. Why?  I know what you may think, I am expecting these guys to be next Todd Van Poppel or Kevin Maas.  No my thought is based our younger collectors, very few will be looking to this era. Just like today younger collectors it will be about here and now for them. I don't see them in there 30's and 40's paying $6,000 for a baseball card from 2018.

   In recent memory a short print ran to 1000 and we were stoked to have that card. Now it is to 50 or less, we get stoked. Even ONE of ONE, are losing value from recent past years, mostly plates but that is a different subject. You will get back more than you would a base card but I don't expect to maintain value once they exceed a $1,000.

   The youth of today will want a deal, much like we do. And there will be the next great rookie taking his thrown on "Card Street" as the hottest card.

Collect What You Like, My Friends!
One Collector's Thoughts:
My High's & Low's Being In Breaks

   Now many of you know I am a breaker, because that is the name of the guy, who opens packs to separate teams, players, etc....

   Now being a breaker and being in breaks are pretty different. Breakers, like opening the packs seeing some one hit big and earn money doing something pretty cool. However, my experience (I DON'T SPEAK FOR OTHER) as a guy in the break was kinda blah! It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either.

   I was typically in breaks with the average buy in at $10 or more. Very often I selected the cheapest team with often meant the least likely to "hit". I thought if I got a card I would sell it, on eBay and double my money.

    Well it did work that way. If I did get a card I didn't get back what I paid or kept them because I like the card. (BUT I had the feeling I overpaid). So then, I changed my approach and only "ship it all" breakers. This was a term I used by the way. I found some happiness with my returns. It definitely helped justify my spending, however in some case I was getting 8 of the same card.

    To lessen the cards, I started doing single boxes breaks. This is where I suckered myself because high end cards breaks were cheaper but less chance to come out with a card. I am a gambler, so I like the rush but it does get expensive. Also since the buy ins were $1 and $2, I was buying multiple spots and some in sports I didn't really collect. This added up to the point where I was going back to a case.

   During this time I wasn't collecting, I was getting cards but none of them were fitting into my grand scheme of my collection.

   The other thing was I was addicted! I want to keep watching trying to find an algorithm to be a successful card flipper. Buy at a lowest cost, to make the maximum return. I was investing to much time to my phone and laptop watching. This meant less time focus on my collection or finding the next piece of it.

   So this past Lenten season, I told my girlfriend I was not going to watch or participate in breaks. (Hosting them was not include into my promise, of course) I went 46 days without it. I have found a new way to enjoy the breaks and gave myself.

       1. Go for baseball &/or teams, I like and have the best chance of getting something in return. (NAME DROP .... Cardboard Treasures)
 
       2. Only use my expendable budget, since I know it's a gamble I can't exceed a limit. This meant I am require to keep track of my spending.
      
       3. Let go of the flipping thoughts!!!
      
       4. Look on eBay or in groups to find a cards, I am thinking about trying to get pulled in a break. (Very often, I would have save money)

   Don't get me wrong! I do like breaks, but I didn't help my collecting needs while  doing it. I was worried about making money (especially when I bought into football breaks). Now my plan is to join them occasionally and ride the excitement it brings.

   BUT ...

    As I go from "a guy who has cards" to an actual collector.  I know I want a nice collection. I want to look through collection and feel I spent my baseball card money wisely (meaning I got the cards that fill my PC).

Keep Collecting, Mis Amigos!
One Collector's Thoughts:
Hmm, Should I Collect Graded?

   As my eyes open to the card world around me, I couldn't help but notice the graded card lovers and those who don't like. I would say haters but if they got the card for free I'm sure there wouldn't be much complaining.  My thoughts of course was, I'm going to be a lover? Just some who likes them? Or one of those who say, "I don't like graded, it pointless"?

   I didn't have a graded card until last summer. I ended up giving it away to a member of the CBsc Collector's Club. The next graded card I got I traded it for a Tony Gwynn booklet.  However recently I have made some purchases of graded cards. I do have a few reason as to why. First off it was a good deal! Typically a key to why I buy anything. Another reason was to compare the differences in slabbing.  #3, I could use them for sales, trade, or a prize.  Finally, I just wanted graded cards.

   The one thing right off the bat was the grading meant nothing to me. I know graded card collector's search for the best grade for cards they want and can afford but to me in was just a piece of paper in the slab.

   So what was I after?

   I realized it is not the graded card, that grabs my attention about the card. It was knowing that the card is protected very nicely and it makes a cool display. So much better than top loaders and oversized screw-down. Heck, one touches are nice display but if they fall the card pops out or moves. I don't want to tape it together.
   Ok, I like the look of  graded cards. Now what are my reasons to make graded cards part of my collection. I have PSA, SGC, BGS, GMA, and BCCS (Beckett cheaper version).  One cool thing I found is PSA and Beckett have population reports so you can see your card and other like your card. So that gave the piece of paper in the slab a bit more love. They graded cards also get a bit more value from the raw card, because it was through the process. Two exactly the same cards, both could be graded the same. I feel the graded one will be sold because it was already graded. But the true factor is no worries about my card getting damaged!

   Well who do I like more? I found that I really like the feel of BGS' (Beckett) mainstay grading slab. It is thick, clear, nice logo and excellent way to display. I know the majority of people have more respect for the PSA grading but the slabs are blah in comparison. However!!!!! Being out of my price range, I would be happy with the BCCS or GMA, since grade does not matter to me.

   After all my collecting considerations, my conclusion was, YES. Yes, I would buy collect graded cards. I would also submit cards into grading. BUT ...... It would only be cards I want to admire, or have a significant connection to me. I never have looked for the perfect card, why start now?  For my most treasured cards (Ryne Sandberg) I would spend the extra money for Beckett's high end. For other cards, maybe just the best deal I can find.

   The appeal is understood, and I think having you favorite player or card in a slabbed version is a excellent choice to add to anyone's player collection!

   My suggestion is to find submission groups on Facebook, so that the cost is much lower than doing it yourself.

Enjoy collecting, my friends!
One Collector's Thoughts:

My unsuccessful experience as a prospector

     I find myself evolving as a collector, and lessening the hoarder mentality. It used to be I would buy card just to buy cards. But as my social media expanded to the card collecting world and less about someone's personal drama, which led to finding different styles of collecting. This is my experience with being a prospect "collector", a term used loosely.

      When I found box and case breaks, I entered the world of prospect collecting or prospecting. I wasn't really collecting per say but I was buying teams from these breaks. Not because I needed the player for my personal collection but to flip and make a money. I would target Bowman Draft cards to try and find the next big star before he set foot on a major league field. Like Bryant, Schwarber, Judge, etc.

    Prospecting is more not about collecting but more for turnover the cards for a profit. There are very few people who collect prospects just to have prospects. As an evolving collector, I notice that I was buying and buying but it was all duplicate of one player. I wasn't following his career or anything. So why was I obsessed with buying these cards.

    Well, the answer is easy I wanted money, and prospecting is a gamble typically cheap enough to flip. Well if the young player I had made it to the major leagues.

    One problem, I was having is my prospects made it to the majors but for a different team and it wasn't as attractive to team collector's to get the player with another uniform on, they wanted the team uniform. The other I wasn't that into knowing when the prospect was the hot commodity, which landed me with a bunch of cards that just went into my duplicate box.

    The card hoarder loved it, but the new collector coming is going, "You dumb ass, you could have gotten some great Sandberg's, or Trout's." 

     Do I regret being a prospector?.... Not really because it gave me cards to give out as doublers. LOL! However I did learn to be one, you have to be one, not just buy blinding thinking I would make a turnover profit.

    Comment on in the collector's club, if you ever dabbled! or have a different opinion on prospect collecting.

    Happy Collecting!!!

One Collector's Thoughts:

Pacific ahead of the pack

   So during my off time collecting 1993-2009, there was a card product that I really never really paid attention to. This product always found it into my collection when I did random pick ups during my off years. (By off years, I just mean I sporadically bought cards and just stored them away). This product was Pacific baseball cards, the guys who did the Legends in the 1980's, made some truly outstanding cards in my opinion today.

   I look at the product being produced today, then flip through my collection and find a hidden Pacific brand card that did a similar card design back in 1996 or 2000. The guys behind the scene were visionaries.

  I am the type of guy who loves the action scenes in cards, but Pacific is getting more of my appreciation because of where we are now and where they were then.  So occasionally I break my mold, and I look for big stars Pacific inserts. I only wish I was active, when these were out. Why? Because a lot of the packs out there today of Pacific are almost glued together, and late 90's inserts are being more sought out by today's single card collector's.  Most likely because they are like me and took that long break for being fully active in the hobby! 

   So next time you see a new high end product come out, look through your cards. I wouldn't be surprised if you find a comparable Pacific card to that high end card. 


Happy Collecting!!!

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  Welcome to Common & Base Sports Cards also referred to as "CBsc".

    This site was created by CBsc to describe the different breaks available both on the Facebook  group  page and within our online store. We ask that you become a member of the Collector's Club group before making any purchases.
 
The Collector's Club is a select group of collector's with a few things in common when it comes to card collecting.

    Trading ~ Our group members are good standing traders. Each are willing to come up with something you will like.

    Junk Era ~ Our collector's stem from and are current members of a group called "I Love and Collect Junk Era Sports Cards", so we all still look for and like certain cards of that era. Even though we have a ton of them.

    Retail/Base ~ Our members would love to have rare #'d, colored, autograph and patch cards, who wouldn't but we also love collecting the base cards of our sports heroes.

    Showing off ~ Why have cards if you can't show them off. Here we love looking at other people collections and hear about what and how they collect.



 The CBsc Throwback Breaks ~ Most of our members participate in this activity. The packs mostly range for 1987 though 2017, with newer stuff being retail products. This is just a fun way to add to our collections. Not really meant to find top shelf cards.
 

For more information or to join click Collector's Club  or CBsc Throwback Breaks 
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