I started collecting baseball cards one fateful Sunday morning in 1985. As a 7-year-old kid accompanying my dad to the candy store to pick up a newspaper, I always got to pick out something for myself — usually candy or a comic book. Alas, I already had the Spider-Man issue that was on the rack, so I noticed packs of baseball cards by the candy. I asked for those instead — and for a little more than a dollar, my dad bought me 2 packs of Fleer and 2 packs of Topps. I had a bunch of cards AND two sticks of gum — an obsession was born.
Over the years, I’ve collected and sold collections numerous times; setting up as a “dealer” at a card show at 13 and being a weekend card show warrior to help pay for college in the mid-’90s. I’ve bought and sold nearly every type of card imaginable — baseball, basketball, football, hockey, golf, soccer, NASCAR, wrestling, boxing, mixed martial arts, non-sports, Pokemon, and more. I stopped collecting around 2002, when I went back to college to finish my degree.
About three years ago, a stop at a local card show re-energized my love of the hobby. A few days later, I discovered the world of online group breaks. I was hooked. Again.
These days, the focus of my collection is hockey; although I will pick up a pack of something else every once in a while. My love of the New York Rangers fuels a PC that focuses mainly on the Broadway Blueshirts; although I have found room for items such as a Gordie Howe autograph and a few Auston Matthews rookies.
This site will showcase my collection, the ups and downs of opening packs/boxes/cases, the online purchases, the grading process, reaction to hobby news, and more. I also hope to use this site to trade some of my doubles to interested collectors.
So join me on this adventure and let me know what I can do to make this site more engaging for everyone that interacts with it!