Collector Ben Henry, who was among the baseball card blog pioneers, is getting some media attention for something new he’s created. Henry, who never lost his fondness for cards of the 1980s and early 90s, has invented a new game called ‘Junk Wax Battle’.
It’s part fantasy baseball auction, part set building experience. The idea is to gather a large quantity of cards from a particular set, distribute them among the game players and auction off cards that will help a player complete the set.
Henry invented the game with his friend Matt Sienkiewicz and they played it for the first time last week.
WickedLocal.com stopped in Brookline, MA where the action was underway.
We’ve discussed reliever Pat Neshek’s fondness for the hobby, especially autographs and vintage baseball cards. He’s getting set to pitch in the National League Championship Series this week as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen.
Neshek trades with collectors and signs freely through the mail.
When he’s not preparing to pitch, he’ll be busy chasing autographs during the series with the Giants. MLB.com talked with him about collecting and more.
A top young hockey player in the Midwest and his mom received some nice gifts from Upper Deck this week. Ian Beck, who lives in the Chicago suburbs but plays for a Milwaukee area youth team, has set a goal of playing in the National Hockey League.
After hearing about his dedication, Upper Deck sent some memorabilia and encouragement his way. You can read about it here.