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The Final Word: Last Beckett Column Published

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , on October 13, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I didn’t plan it this way, but if I was going to pick the subject of my final Beckett Baseball column it definitely would have been about thrift shopping.

Thrifting is the subject of my current column, which is on newsstands now in Beckett Baseball Issue #116, which features likely AL MVP Josh Donaldson on the cover. And as it turns out, this appears to be my final column.  

Just days after submitting the piece I learned that Chris Olds, who had been the editor of said magazine for almost seven years, was moving on from his position. And this change in scenery for him likely meant the end of my column.

It was a fun run that lasted almost two years and essentially fulfilled my childhood dream of writing for the magazine that I grew up reading. I do appreciate the opportunity that Chris gave me when he was the editor. I wish him well in the future.

As for me, while the column has come to an end, this basically means that I can get back to writing more stuff here.

I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t holding back here so that I didn’t burn material for column that was going to be published. 

Thank you all for your continued readership. I’ll get back to writing more here shortly. In the mean time you can follow me on Twitter @cardboardicons

Rookie Card Upgrade 6: 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , , on August 15, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

For the longest time I considered myself lucky to own a BGS 8 copy of the 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez.

It’s probably hard to remember now just how hot this card was in this hobby, but believe me, once grades get above an 8, things got pretty expensive. 

So when I scored an 8 on a copy I submitted to Beckett Grading about a half decade ago I was pretty happy.

Well, we know that A-Rod’s legacy has taken a major hit a few times since then and the value of his SP rookie has plummeted. And even with his resurgence this year, mint copies are now fairly affordable.

A few weeks ago while writing my column for Beckett Baseball, the one on stands now, I considered whether or not it was time for me to seek a rock solid mint copy of this iconic rookie for my collection. 

After moving a few extra pieces in my collection I found a nice copy to replace my BGS 8. Even with his checkered history, this is still a must-own card for rookie card collectors.


Published in Beckett Baseball and it feels so good

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on November 17, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

Mag1For the last year and a half I’ve had the good fortune of having some of my writings published in Beckett Sports Cards Monthly. After spending about a decade in the newspaper business and seeing my name on newsprint, it’s been fun to see my name in a magazine related to my hobby.  But recently things took an even cooler twist when I was asked to write more for Beckett Baseball, which is THE magazine I had been reading since I was like 7 years old.  And this week I picked up the latest copy — featuring National League Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen on the cover — and found my first published column (on Page 16) in the baseball magazine. Obviously I knew it was coming, but it’s been awesome to finally see my name and my writings in the baseball magazine.  I’m looking forward to writing more in the future.

Card of the Day: 1992 Topps Gold Brien Taylor autograph /12000

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

brien1Happy New Year to you all. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

If you’re a proud iPod owner, thank your lucky stars that you don’t own a Zune mp3 player. Poor bastards. And if you do own a Zune that was affected by the calendar roll-over, things could be much worse. You could be the guy whom Kathy Griffin pointed her crude remarks toward last night as she and Anderson Cooper brought in the New Year in style

Anyway, all joking aside, I wanted to start the new year off in golden fashion by discussing a card that for many remains one of the most interesting baseball cards of this generation: the 1992 Topps Gold Brien Taylor certified autograph. Continue reading

Water is the Devil for card collectors

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

My mother always told me, “If it’s important to you, then get it off the floor.”  She said this several times to me when I was younger, mainly because I always had stacks of cards on the floor as I strived to have things in an orderly fashion.

Well, Sunday night, not two hours after learning about my “promotion” in the blogosphere, I learned my lesson the hard way: A hose on my washer broke free and running water spilled onto the floor of the garage, the “room” where I store the vast majority of my cards.   Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1992 Donruss Elite Series Frank Thomas

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

It’s rare that an insert set lives up to it’s namesake. But when it came to early 90s inserts, there was nothing better than the ultra rare Donruss Elite Series cards. They were unmistakable. When you ripped open a pack and saw that shiny goodness staring at you from the middle of the stack, you knew you struck it rich. During a time when most cards featured dull action shots set inside boring borders, the Elite cards had the wow factor. It had holofoil. It had gloss. It has serial numbering. Did I mention the cards had holofoil!? Today I look at the ever poplar set through the portal that is the 1992 Donruss Elite Frank Thomas card. Continue reading


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