Dear 1986 Topps Guys in my pack…

Posted June 29th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in 1986 Topps

1986ToppsPackBrad Balukjian may be baseball’s 2017 Rookie of the Year.

I don’t think you’ll see him in uniform. However, he’s doing something unique that will spark the imaginations of fans and collectors alike.

I found Brad on Twitter, @Waxpackbook. He’s taken a pack of 1986 Topps cards, vowing that he’ll track down everyone in his pack (all while writing about the adventure). Yes, face to face collecting!

Unlike other authors who essentially say, “Don’t bother me until the book is published,” Brad is sharing the ride. He’s in Houston, beginning his cross-country trek.

Before you snort NO WAY, let me pre-emptively say, “Yes, way.” Brad has caught the eye of the New York Times with his literary plan. 

Why does this matter to TTM collectors and those who hope to get a question answered or even a note from a past baseball favorite?

Brad has needed to stand out. According to the Times, one Hall of Famer represented in his pack was the only person to resist the pitch for his project. I’m betting that Brad had to make his case in writing to win over all the former MLBers. 

That’s right. Whether you want someone to co-star in your book, autograph your card or simply answer a question in your letter, you need to prove WHY. 

I’ll be following Brad. I hope you will, too. I think I’ll be able to clear off some space on the baseball bookshelf by 2017.


Placing a value on current baseball autographs

Posted June 25th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Uncategorized,

RichsRamblingsRich Klein knows.

Just like that E.F. Hutton commercial, I listened to him when he was part of the Beckett team. The same respect remains today.

Check out his clear insights on the costs of getting an autograph, be it by mail, in-person at a show or from a dealer. And, here’s someone who remembers how important it is for a show attendee to get a chance to meet the guest signer.

Ramblings? Rich is anything but. Check out his archives, too. Hobby shows won’t die, as long as we have old-school supporters like Rich.

SportsCollectors Daily, you have an all-star on your roster!

Catcher Jim Campanis shares the inside joke from one autographed card

Posted June 22nd, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Brad Ausmus, Jim Campanis
Autographs can be fun, even for the signers!

Autographs can be fun, even for the signers! (Courtesy of Jim Campanis)

Just an autograph?

That’s why I started this blog. I love the stories beyond the signatures.

Here’s one from master baseball storyteller Jim Campanis, who writes:

“Another “J” on Ausmus’ neck!

In 1992, Brad and I already knew each other from playing in the Carolina League during the ’90 season.

When this card came out we started a little practical joke that we’re still doing to this day…when I get the card to sign first, I swoop my “J” across his photo to his neck.

When he gets it first…he ends a looooong “S” across my face!

Great catcher, manager and person!”

Thanks for sharing, Jim. And collectors: watch those necks!