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Inside the Pack: Why Isn’t the 1989 Bowman Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie More Popular?

I recently saw this meme on a baseball card Facebook group. Using a popular meme format based on a Family Guy scene, it shows the 1989 ...

Inside the Pack: Changes I’d Like to See Fanatics Make

Last week I talked about all the changes that Fanatics is likely to bring to the structure of the sports card industry as a whole. From ...

Inside the Pack: What the Fanatics Valuation and Interview Tells Us

Last Thursday, Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin showed up on CNBC to talk about the company’s new trading card division. The appearance was in ...

Inside the Pack: Unpacking the Different Types of Sports Card Boxes Available for Purchase

Blaster box. Hobby box. Jumbo box. What does it all mean? While most people love opening packs of cards, the boxes that hold those packs ...

Inside the Pack: 2021 Topps Fire Review

Despite being the flashiest base set in the Topps lineup, Topps Fire is often unappreciated due to its relative lack of big hits. That’s ...

Inside the Pack: Unlicensed SSPC Set Makes for Tough Autographs

Last week, a friend and I went to a card show in The Villages, Florida. The Villages contains a large retirement community, and often there ...

Inside the Pack: A Path for Topps Baseball Cards Without MLB, MLBPA Licenses

There is much we still do not know about the transition that will occur over the next few years in the hobby, with Topps losing its MLB ...

Inside the Pack: 2021 Topps Pro Debut Review

Always one of the better value boxes out there, 2021 Topps Pro Debut once again hits all the right notes for fans of prospects and minor ...

Inside the Pack: What Does the Fanatics Deal Mean for Topps and Panini?

Last Thursday, the hobby world was shocked by a surprise announcement that Topps, which has made baseball cards for 70 years, would be ...

Inside the Pack: 2021 Topps Gypsy Queen Blaster Box Review

There aren’t many baseball card products that I don’t love. But generally speaking, if I were to make a list of annual releases, ...

Inside the Pack: 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Review

The 41st annual National Sports Collectors Convention is in the books, and wow, what a show! I’ve never seen so many collectors in a single ...

Inside the Pack: 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Wish List

This week is (finally!) the 41st National Sports Collectors Convention, a show two years in the making thanks to Covid-19. I was prepared to ...

Inside the Pack: Rare Pokémon/Magic the Gathering Card Likely to Fetch Six Figures at Auction

Five years ago it would have been nearly unthinkable to guess that any Pokémon card would grace the cover of a Heritage Auctions catalog. It ...

Inside the Pack: PSA News Highlights Ever-Evolving Nature of Sports Card Hobby

For decades, PSA has been the leading grader and authenticator of sports and non-sports cards. The company ran like a well-oiled machine, ...

Inside the Pack: Morality in Collecting

Last week I met up with a friend of mine who’s a rabid wrestling fan. In the course of conversation, he asked me a question that he had some ...

Inside the Pack: PSA/Goldin Auctions, NCAA News to Have Huge Impact on Sports Cards

In the past week, two huge pieces of news came out, each of which will have a tremendous impact on the sports card hobby. On June 30, the ...

Inside the Pack: 2021 Panini Absolute Baseball Review

Despite their lack of an MLB license, meaning their cards have airbrushed photos without team logos, Panini does put out some nice baseball ...

Inside the Pack: How to Go to the National Sports Collectors Convention Correctly

Earlier this month, the organizers of the National Sports Collectors Convention announced that the show will in fact occur, after a ...

Inside the Pack: Card Show Survival Kit

With large-scale card shows back in full swing and new shows popping up all over the country, more and more people find themselves going to ...

Inside the Pack: 2021 Bowman Retail (Mega Box, Blaster Box, Value Pack) Review

As expensive as hobby Bowman products were this year, at least they could be found and purchased easily. Retail products, on the other hand, ...

Inside the Pack: Review of Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, Colorado

I’m not quite sure how or when Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, CO first came to my attention. My best guess is that it was an article ...

Inside the Pack: 2021 Panini Diamond Kings Blaster Box Review

One of Panini’s more affordable annual baseball releases, 2021 Diamond Kings released last month in both hobby and retail formats. Diamond ...

Inside the Pack: Target to Pause Retail Sports and Pokemon Card Sales

Last week, Target sent a shock through the sports and Pokemon card world when it announced that all stores would temporarily stop carrying ...

Inside the Pack: Back to Normal (Whatever That May Be)

By the end of March both my wife and I were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and ready to start getting back to the activities we had left ...

Inside the Pack: A Guide to Free USPS Resources for Online Sports Card Sellers

For people in the sports card hobby, most of the conversation around the United States Postal Service takes a negative turn fairly quickly. ...

Inside the Pack: Removing Scratches from Graded Card Slabs

Whether you collect graded sports or non-sports cards or buy graded cards to resell, few things are more annoying than receiving a slab in ...

Inside the Pack: Topps Introduces NFTs

Topps wasted little to no time after announcing their intent to go public before jumping into the NFT game, a widely anticipated move that ...

Inside the Pack: Topps Goes Public

Last week, Topps announced that it was taking the company public through a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC. After the SPAC ...

Inside the Pack: 2021 Donruss Baseball Retail Hanger Pack Review

Panini’s Donruss baseball line released in March, and as has been the case for the last 13 months, I bought some retail to test it out. ...

Inside the Pack: 2021 Topps Heritage Review

Last week, Topps took a trip in the time machine back to 1972 with the annual fan favorite, Topps Heritage. As has been the case for much of ...

Inside the Pack: Using Ebay to Determine the Value of Your Baseball Cards

Figuring out a price for your sports cards is an important step in selling them – in fact, it’s the most important step, because you ...

Inside the Pack: Can a Sports Card Become Iconic Overnight?

T206 Honus Wagner. 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. Since the sports card hobby began in its current iteration, these cards ...

Inside the Pack: Which Sports Cards Will Retain and Lose Value?

Last week, I noted that I believe we are in a sports card bubble, which will likely burst in the coming 8 to 12 months. However, I mentioned ...

Inside the Pack: Is There a Sports Card Bubble, and If So, When Will it Burst?

The sports and non-sports card market has been on absolute fire for the better part of a year, and every time it seems like it’s reached its ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Topps Chrome Update Review

It feels odd to do a review of a 2020 product after having already reviewed 2021 Topps Series 1, but that’s the way things worked out this ...

Inside the Pack: 2021 Topps Series 1 Review

Every card collector’s favorite day of the year arrived last week, as the flagship Topps product, Series 1, hit stores. Series 1 ...

Inside the Pack: Interview with Collectable CEO Ezra Levine

If you’ve ever wanted to own an expensive sports card but can’t afford the whole thing, fractional investment is for you. ...

Inside the Pack: Deciding to Stop a Collection

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my decision to start a new collection of 2006 Greats of the Game nickname autographs. Shortly after writing ...

Inside the Pack: When Heroes Die

Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote a blog post about how Kobe Bryant’s death had impacted the prices of his cards. The gist of the ...

Inside the Pack: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Trading Cards

One of my hobby goals for this year was to get more into non-sports cards. There’s an entire world of card collecting out there that ...

Inside the Pack: Artist Baseball Cards Should Go Mainstream

One of the biggest hits of the 2020 baseball card product line involved artists creating baseball cards. But if you aren’t active on ...

Inside the Pack: Hobby Goals for 2021

Last week, I reviewed the goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2020. I didn’t quite achieve all of them, but this year, I have ...

Inside the Pack: Reviewing My 2020 Hobby Goals

At the beginning of each year, I set some hobby goals for myself in lieu of making New Year’s resolutions. This year, I shared them ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Sapphire Edition Review

Although always keenly aware of it, I’ve never collected Garbage Pail Kids. As a sports card collector, GPK seemed out of my element, ...

Inside the Pack: Ebay Introduces New Low-Cost Shipping Method for Trading Cards

After an accidental leak about the news in early November, ebay has officially confirmed an exciting new development for buyers and sellers ...

Inside the Pack: Deciding to Start a Collection

If you collect anything, then at some point you made a conscious decision to start collecting it. This applies to things outside of the ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Sports Card Collectors

If you have a sports card lover in your family, or if you’re just looking to treat yourself, you’re in the right place! Here are some great ...

Inside the Pack: Early Native American Players’ Issues Few in Number, Great in Value

The first Major League Baseball player with acknowledged Native American blood was an outfielder named Louis Sockalexis. Due to his ...

Inside the Pack: We Interrupt This Wedding to Bring You Sports Cards

My sister-in-law got married two weeks ago, which meant my wife and I, preferring to avoid air travel during the pandemic, road tripped to ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Topps Update Returns to its Roots as a Speculative Product

This past Friday, Topps released its Update series for baseball. In normal years, few sets generate as much excitement as Topps Update; for ...

Inside the Pack: MLB Playoffs Create Hobby Heroes

The usual paths to becoming a top seller in the sports card world are fairly straightforward: you are either a top prospect or you become a ...

Inside the Pack: How to Protect when You’re Collecting

There are a lot of supplies out there for sports card collectors to consider. While some are better than others, they each serve a unique ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Topps Factory Sets Add a New Wrinkle

Back in the 80s and 90s, a factory set was a factory set: each set came in a special sealed cardboard box, direct from Topps, and contained ...

Inside the Pack: Sports Card Collectors Should Make a Name for Ourselves

When I was a kid, I collected stamps and coins for several years before I collected baseball cards. Before I was born, my grandparents owned ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Topps Allen & Ginter Value Pack Review

Continuing my run on retail this year, I opened some value packs of Allen and Ginter. Returning for a 15th year, A&G is always a smash ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Topps Stadium Club Blaster Box Review

Well-known and highly-esteemed each year for its incredible photography, the annual Stadium Club release is popular among collectors both ...

Inside the Pack: Best Practices for Taking Photos of Sports Cards

Maybe you’ve just started selling cards online for the first time. Perhaps you’re just looking to improve your sales. Whether you’re selling ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Topps Opening Day Review

Each year, Topps releases its Opening Day product a few weeks before the start of the season. It’s the perfect way for the budget-minded ...

Inside the Pack: Mike Trout Autograph Card Sets All-Time Sales Record

In my non-baseball card-related life, I write and edit math textbooks. This week, we’re going to start this week’s post off a little ...

Inside the Pack: Retail Sports Cards are a Hot Commodity. What That Means for the Hobby is Up For Debate

There’s a photo that’s been making its way around the Twitter sports card community following some high profile retweets. The photo shows a ...

Inside the Pack: Ten For $10: Building a Killer Modern Card Collection for Less than $100

Last week, I discussed ten vintage cards you could add to your collection for under $10 each. The week before, I did the same for pre-war ...

Inside the Pack: Ten For $10: Building a Killer Vintage Baseball Card Collection for Less than $100

Last week, I wrote about ten pre-war cards you could get for under $10 each in order to start your collection off right. This week, ...

Inside the Pack: Ten For $10: Building a Killer Pre-War Baseball Card Collection for Less than $100

Collecting on a budget can be a difficult but rewarding experience. To help in your journey, I’ve put together a list of ten pre-war ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Topps Series 2 Retail Blaster Box Review

When it comes to Topps flagship products, I’m usually not a big Series 2 guy. Series 1 is always a no-brainer because it’s the first big ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Topps 206 Review

As a huge fan of the T206 tobacco cards, I’ve always been a sucker for anything that replicated them faithfully. So when Topps began teasing ...

Inside the Pack: Noted Comic, Coin Grading Company Enters the Sports Card Market

Certified Collectibles Group, world-renowned for their grading services in comic books (CGC), coins (NGC) and paper currency (PMG), ...

Inside the Pack: The First (and Second) Baseball Card with a Visible Tattoo

In addition to my baseball card collection, I have an extensive collection of Florida Marlins memorabilia from the 1990s and early 2000s. ...

Inside the Pack: What The Hobby Has Given Me

June 27th is a day that always stands out on the calendar for me, and this past Saturday it jumped out to me more than normal. Fifteen years ...

Inside the Pack: Father’s Day Edition

One of my favorite bits of baseball trivia is that Nolan Ryan pitched for so many seasons, he struck out seven (7!) father/son combinations. ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Bowman Value Pack Review

In 1998 I bought my first ever packs of Bowman. I tried (and failed) to put the set together, but I fell in love with this idea of a set ...

Inside the Pack: What Happens to Cards if Baseball Doesn’t Return in 2020?

Last week, Major League Baseball proposed a 50-game season in which players would receive their full pro-rated salary for every game. ...

Inside the Pack: This NFL Hall of Famer’s Only Card is in the 1955 Bowman Baseball Set

The 1955 Bowman baseball set is an underappreciated and undervalued masterpiece. As the last Bowman set before Topps purchased the company, ...

Inside the Pack: Interview with Paul Lukas on Being an Allen and Ginter Subject

Being on a baseball card is a dream for just about every fan or collector. Paul Lukas, founder of the blog Uni Watch, got closer than just ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Bowman 1st Edition Review

In the midst of a global pandemic, new card releases have essentially come screeching to a halt. With most release dates pushed back, one ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 National Sports Collectors Convention Rescheduled for December

On Saturday, it was announced that the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City would be delayed, pushed back from the first ...

Inside the Pack: 1969 Topps BASEBALL 4-in-1s?!

I consider myself incredibly well-versed in all things baseball card related, but perhaps my favorite niche is in oddball sets, particularly ...

Inside the Pack: The Sudden Rise of the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr.

I was 11 in the fall of 1998. My great-grandmother has just passed away; because she lived in New York and was ill for most of my life, I ...

Inside the Pack: The 5 Most Overvalued Vintage Players

Two weeks ago, I revealed the five vintage players I felt had the best chance of maintaining and increasing their value in the hobby over ...

Inside the Pack: The 5 Most Undervalued Vintage Players

Last week, I took a look at the five players whose vintage cards I felt had the most long-lasting staying power in the marketplace. This ...

Inside the Pack: The 5 Vintage Players with the Most Staying Power

I generally view card collecting as something I do for enjoyment only, rather than for investment purposes. I’ve often told people ...

Inside the Pack: Collecting Vintage on a Budget

So, you’d like to start a vintage baseball card collection but you’re not sure where to start. Maybe you’ve seen some ...

Inside the Pack: Now is a Great Time to Start Your Vintage Collection

I love the joy of opening modern packs as much as the next person. Prospecting and investing excites me too. But for me, nothing beats the ...

Baseball Cards in the Time of Coronavirus

All anyone is able to talk about is the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, so it should come as no surprise that it’s on my mind as well. ...

Inside the Pack: Which Wood You Rather?

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the disappearing border as a design element of Topps cards. Writing this post got me thinking about some of the ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Topps Heritage Review

As long-time readers of this blog may know, 1971 is my favorite Topps design off all time, and the only vintage set I ever put together and ...

Inside the Pack: O Border, Where Art Thou?

With this month’s release of Series 1, we entered the fifth year of full-bleed photography on the Topps flagship product. Beginning with its ...

In Memoriam: Vito Giordano

If you ever came to a Friday night trade night at Big League, there’s no doubt you encountered Vito Giordano. Always full of ...

Inside the Pack: 2020 Topps Series 1 Review

The 2020 baseball season is officially underway — that is, if you’re a card collector. As always, Topps released Series 1 this ...

Inside the Pack: What to Expect at a Baseball Card Show

Two Saturdays ago was a rare perfect storm of baseball card shows in my area, with 3 really good shows within an hour or so of my house. I ...

Inside the Pack: Death and Sports Cards

On Sunday, the world was shocked by the news of Kobe Bryant’s passing. Bryant, just 41 years old, died tragically in a helicopter accident ...

Inside the Pack: MLK Day Edition

It’s not often that a baseball card is able to encapsulate bravery and strength. In fact, only a few come to mind immediately: the 2002 ...

Inside the Pack: Creating a Revolving Collection

Last week, I wrote that one of my collecting goals for 2020 was to create a more focused personal collection. With a little assistance from ...

Inside the Pack: Hobby Goals for 2020

I’m not big on making resolutions at the start of each year in my personal life; I find that they often fall by the wayside and I end ...

Inside the Pack: Investing in Future Hall of Famers

Earlier this month, 16 men huddled together and changed the legacies of Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons forever, when the Modern Baseball Era ...

Inside the Pack: Baseball Cards as Gifts? Bah, humbug!

Every holiday season, as the time for exchanging gifts gets closer, I’m overcome with a very real and terrifying fear — that someone I care ...

Inside the Pack: 2019 Topps UFC Museum Collection

A higher-end product with beautiful base cards and 3 hits per box, 2019 Topps UFC Museum Collection packs a punch at a fair price point that ...

Inside the Pack: Old Cards, New Discoveries

One of the many things I love about collecting baseball cards is that it seems that no matter how many times I look at a card, I can still ...

Inside the Pack: 2019-20 Topps Match Attax UEFA Champions League Review

Topps Match Attax UEFA Champions League is a product that’s part trading card game, part digital card app, and all fun, even if you ...

Inside the Pack: Topps #1 Card Reserved for Best Players…Usually

Topps has long used card numbers in its flagship product to highlight the best players on key cards. In general, card numbers in multiples ...