Isn't strange when you take a long vacation you come home even more tired than usual. Upon arriving home after a two-week vacation I looked forward to a weekend of vegging and sorting cards. It had also been a few weeks since I scratched the itch of opening some boxes of cards. While overseas, Topps Heritage High Number had been released. While one of my packages included several hundred High Number cards plus a bunch of hits, I still wanted to crack some packs open. A trip t
After two weeks in Italy, I had a bounty of Cubs cards awaiting my arrival home. There was a total of 17 packages that held 3,668 Cubs cards. These cards were acquired in multiple ways including a few trades. A box of 402 cards came from Brett from Dayton, Ohio. His box was chock full of Cubs, many from the past 5-6 years. There were a seven early Javier Baez cards! Also, a new Jerome Walton card that I didn't have: 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes. And a Jorge Soler 2015 Rated Ro
Any way I can mesh my love for Pearl Jam and the Chicago Cubs in blog, I'll find a way.
Today, it's the Eddie Vedder baseball collection, but my previous two blogs about Pearl Jam missed a story I would like to share, plus I'm on the flight back from Italy and "Let's Play Two," is one of the movies in flight, and I just had to. Additionally, two new Pearl Jam items were purchased on the trip. The first, is a one-of-a-kind piece made by a Rome sidewalk spray paint artist - V
September 23, 1998. How can it be 20 years already? The "Brant Brown Game." The "Oh Noooooo" game. It was Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers in the thick of a playoff race. CLICK FOR AUDIO
The Cubs and New York Mets were tied for the wild card entering this game in Milwaukee, the 159th of 162 games in the 1998 season. Chicago had actually led the Brewers, 7-0, going into the 7th inning. My buddy Matt in Galesburg, Illinois tagged me in a Chicago Tribune tweet celebrating th
This week Topps releases its Minor League version of the Heritage brand. The 2018 set marks the eighth release of the product, which debuted in 2011 which featured Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Last week I reviewed the checklist for 2018 Topps Heritage Minors and my thoughts on this year's release. Despite not buying any boxes or cases this year, it remains a top three favorite release each season, and I'll be stocking up on Cubs singles in the weeks to come. Now it's time to
It's the middle of my wife and I's tour of Italy, and we spent our first day in Florence. Upon checking into our hotel we set out for a quick lunch. We asked the hotel desk for recommendations, and began walking toward their suggestion. About two blocks in we found an interesting spot. 1950 American Diner. It was complete with a soda bar, waitresses on roller skates, classic American memorabilia on the walls, Elvis on the jukebox and a classic American menu. Since I ate a lar
The checklist is out. We are one week away from the release of Topps Heritage Minors. This has been my favorite product since 2015, and even bought three cases last year. This year: I'm not even buying a single box. Last year I was able to preorder a case for $450. That price inflated to $750-800 per case for this year's product. If I shopped around I could have probably found a better deal. Fortunately, I didn't try too hard after reviewing the awful checklist that was relea
Have you ever been devoted to a collection, but then something captures your eye and you want to change focus?
Over the years, I have switched my focus multiple times. Early on, I built sets from packs, such as 1989 Topps, 1990 Topps, and 1990 Fleer, among others. About this time I also focused on team collecting the Chicago Cubs.
Not worried about condition as an 8-year old, I would tote my huge (in my little eyes) Cubs collection around in a plastic McDonalds Happy Meal
One package came in Tuesday, and it will be my last mailday until the end of the month as my wife and I fly to Italy tomorrow. I'll try to post some blog updates over the next two weeks, as we wind our way from the Amalfi Coast to Rome to Florence, and finally to Venice. Today's mailday brought in one package, coming from DJ Adrock. Most likely not one in the same as the one from the Beastie Boys. He sent 22 Cubs cards with cards spanning 55 years. Four vintage from 1963 Topp