Archive for August, 2013

If you get a chance check out and his $500 Philadelphia Football Card Experiment. Here’s his post from earlier this week. Let’s help him get to his goal…

FROM – Voice of the collector

Last weekend we had a huge garage sale. My mother-in-law has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and we moved her into our attached rental unit. This is her second downsizing in 2 years. She had an auction and a previous huge tag sale at the time of the original downsize.

The lady that ran her tag sale, also does estate sales. She stopped by our garage sale with a box of older musty cards, most from the 1970’s. I gave her $20 for the box and upon closer inspection, I found these buried inside.


Yes, that’s right. 1967 Philadelphia Football 2nd year cards of legendary Bears greats, Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus. I already have a Sayers and there were actual two of the Butkus. 

Some of you may remember a recurring blog post by a shop owner by the name of Bob Brill and his Brill Report. He conducted what he called “The $10,000 Experiment” in which he started with a single purchased item for $10 and sold it at a profit, reinvested and repeated until he hit his monetary goal. I found it fascinating and miss it. 

So I figured despite not having a shop with people walking in to willing to sell me various items, that I’d give the experiment a try of my own, albeit on a smaller scale. Taking just these two cards, I’m going to sell them on eBay and use the money to reinvest in other things I think I can flip and repeat until I reach $500.

With everything I have going on, I hope I can commit to this, so wish me luck and let the games begin!

Topps has released its 2013 Allen & Ginter last week with surprises inside packs and inside the actually box. Which I like the idea, but once again also can give a black eye on the hobby. Make sure when you buy those boxes, that the top doesn’t have creases in it. The box I review here had a crease along the top of the box but was wrapped and couldn’t have been tampered with but might have been felt up like a pack at a retail store. Here’s a look at some of the pulls from my box of 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter.

A&G 2013





Walton, Price, Molina, McCutchen, Martin, Milone, Yount, Marcum, Brett, Garcia, Lemon, Fisk

MINI: 24

Base Mini (11) McCarthy, Meriweather, Fisk, Eovaldi, Lange, Barney, Pierzynski, Andrus, Ellis, Harper, Walton

Base Mini A&G Back (6) Segura, Jones Jr, Culpo, Rosario, Jose Fernandez, Haren

Base Mini Black Border (2) Jeter, Kershaw

Famous Finds Mini (1) King Tut’s Tomb

Inquiring Minds (2) Plato, Sun Tzu

Codes Ciphers & Cryptographs (1) The Voynich Manuscript

The First Americans (1) Sioux


Civilizations Ages Past (3) Aztecs, Byzantine, Phoenicians

Martial Masters (3) Zulu, Romans, Knights

Palaces & Strongholds (3) Fort Knox, Gyeongbokgung, Potala Palace

One Little Corner (3) Pluto, Comet, Mars

Across the Years (12) Bruce, Altuve, Ripken Jr, Williams, Reggie Jackson, Gonzalez, Reyes, Musial, Killebrew, Cobb, Morgan, Cain

Auto (1) 

Avisail Garcia

Game Used (2)

Rafael Furcal, Matt Kemp