If you got some Christmas cash (or an Amazon gift card), there’s a new hobby-related book you might want to check out.
Tanner Jones, who runs a website development company out of his Texas home and has operated his “Tan Man Baseball Fan” website for seven years, has written a 181-page book chronicling his adventures in collecting, buying and selling.
Confessions of a Baseball Card Addict meshes his love of cards with some insight on how to successfully buy and sell modern era material.
A fun-loving married father of one, Jones returned to his 1990s childhood hobby as a young adult and began focusing his attention on the favorite player from his youth, Jose Canseco. In all, he spent over $100,000 obtaining the world’s “largest and most unique Canseco collection on the planet” before deciding to part with much of it, spending a day with Canseco along the way. The book offers strategies for selling a large single-player collection for a profit (Jones says he turned one in under four months and still kept some favorites).
Jones has also used some of his buying and selling techniques to flip large collections he purchased to make money but his outlook on the hobby and baseball is still heavily rooted in the fun element. He’s also known in hobby circles for his custom card creations and has written several articles for Sports Collectors Daily
“I wrote it to be entertaining, but I also wrote it to help folks who may want/need to sell out or thin their collection,” he told us about the book, which he began writing in 2015.
It’s priced under $15 and is available here on Amazon.com.