Saturday, April 28, 2018

That Classic Mantle

Mickey Mantle was, no doubt, a fantastic power hitter and a graceful outfielder. Known for hitting baseballs 565 feet and wrapping himself up in medical tape just to play, The Mick was legend. 

His items still carry a tremendous weight in the hobby that is baseball card collecting. His 1951 Bowman rookie is still a holy grail of sorts. But as time goes on, the stories one used to hear of boys’ collections getting tossed by disgruntled, non-understanding parents have given way to the “how I won an auction” or “I bought it at a shop” variety of oral tradition. 

This 1964 Topps pictured above, is a testament to Mantle’s stature and power. He’s looking out where the imaginary pitcher would be, almost Clint Eastwood-like. His arms and stance tell us he’s ready for any pitch, any time and he’ll jack out out of the ballpark. And he could. As the years go by in his illustrious career, one noticed his seriousness in his cards. He’s not the all smiles bumpkin from his rookie and few cards thereafter. He’s experienced. He has Championship rings. He’s Mickey Mantle! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Unopened Boxes Selling Like Hotcakes

Based upon the two porch store events we’ve hosted, of all the baseball items to sell the most, so far, it’s been unopened boxes—both new and retro. It seems they’re being purchased for many reasons, but from what I’ve gathered, it’s mainly to invest, and keep sealed. 

While a few customers expressed joy to open the packs and see what they get, mainly, the goal of keeping them sealed, as I have for so many years, is why they’re being bought. Investment.

Autographed jerseys have been hot too, selling most recently a Trout (to Jim and Julie for their friend’s birthday—what a present!), and a Reggie Jackson throwback. We have a ton of signed jerseys for sale!
Check out our Bench auction on EBay

I prefer to deal with our item in-person, face-to-face. Too much time spent online is droll and static. Conversation and negotiation is best in real life, not on the internet. In-person, I get to find out why an item is purchased. I can see the buyer and feel good knowing where my collectibles are going. 

As a collector and fan myself, it’s never easy to part with items. Ever. Even if I make more money than I thought I would, it’s still gut-wrenching. When I see and know there’s another collector out there, with similar interests, it eases my tension. It’s rewarding. It then makes it feel as though my cherished collectibles are being passed on, to be enjoyed and cherished by someone else.

Investing is key. To truly take part, it’s all about building collections and relationships with others who collect and invest. These items will only gain value as time and life move on. To be a part of it all, and to see how the market and hobby has changed, is remarkable.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A Sunday Porch Shop

Our five year old sunshine boy, helps me run the porch as well as select cards and other merchandise. 

Some items found for our next porch sale, Sunday 4/15/18, 10am-3ish!

Around the Horn Cards had a successful first run on Sunday, April 8th. In addition to our fantastic cards, we offer records, toys, video games, great books and tricks. Next time out, we hope to have more records, cards, autographed items like jerseys, bats and balls. There were a few requests for more non-sports cards, in addition to NFL and NBA. I’m happy to write we should have more of all.

It’s great to meet people in the neighborhood and log off. Discuss baseball and music with human beings, face-to-face. Like how it used to be. So, stop by THIS SUNDAY 8/15/18 and check out what we got!

I’m open to hunt for specific players, year and items. Simply correspond with us via HERE (this site you’re on), NextDoor or FaceBook.