Among all of the different ways to collect baseball cards are what are referred to as player collections. Player collections are exactly as they sound -- card collections of specific players. Like anything else, player collections can vary greatly. Some collectors focus on only one player while others chase cards of several. Additionally, some collectors pursue cards of a … [Read more...] about Player Collecting Has Its Rewards and Its Pitfalls
Which phrase best describes your collection?Old school complete set collectorI'm all about rookie cards and Hall of FamersGraded singles and/or sets only.If he didn't play for my team, I don't need himFavorite playersAll of the aboveQuiz Maker … [Read more...] about Poll: What’s Your Card Collecting Focus?
Other than losing a collection of cards or having a prized collection stolen, it may be a collector's worst nightmare. Each year, collectors are duped over and over by purchasing fake or altered cards. With improved printing capabilities and other technologies, it is easier than ever to create authentic-looking forged and altered vintage cards. While no 100% foolproof … [Read more...] about 8 Collecting Tips To Help You Avoid Being Ripped Off
Here's the thing about hobbies. They're supposed to be a diversion. Something to get your mind off a crummy day at work. A way to calm down from whatever's got your blood boiling. Yet all it takes is a gander at the angst in some message boards, blog posts and Facebook comments and you might swear that no one really wants to collect. It's just something you have to … [Read more...] about 10 Keys to Being a Happier Collector
In the May 1974 issue of The Trader Speaks, long-time collector Gavin Riley wrote a column entitled A Standard Guide to Card Collecting. The approximately 700-word missive was meant to show collectors what the generally accepted guidelines were when it came to grading cards. With no grading company in place, it was up to sellers to state the condition of certain … [Read more...] about Baseball Card Grading Circa 1974