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Sets You Forget About... 2002 UD Authentics!

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Back in 2002, Upper Deck released a set that grabbed my attention and funneled the dollars from my wallet at a far faster rate than I should have allowed... 1989 Upper Deck was one of my favorite sets of all time. It was the first set I ever collected by hand from packs. 2002 UD Authentics was a tribute to the 1989 set, that I was hooked on back in the day...


Soon after it hit the stores, I looked up singles on ebay and liked what I saw. This was the 1989 set, but much smaller. That same green and brown baseline, position noted over "first base", the same font used for names... This could be a really fun set to collect. I immediately decided that this would be my main collecting focus for 2002....


Yeah, those boxes are damn cool! 
From the outside, this was an excellent tribute to their debut set. But where the 1989 set came out with 15 cards in a pack, with 36 packs in a box, at $.99/pack retail, 2002 UD Authentics was a much different beast...

Only 5 cards per pack, in an …

A One Month Anniversary Of This!

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I wasn't going to post anything today, because I'm not finished with either story that I'm working on. But then I noticed that I started this blog exactly one month ago today... Well, I can't ignore this date just because I haven't finished scanning stuff...

So my 25th post will celebrate the one month anniversary of Four Baggers and Foreclosures!
Here's Bartolo Colon!

I started this blog because I needed to start getting some of the hundreds of abandoned building and baseball card stories out of my head and out of my notebooks. My hopes were that an audience may exist that would appreciate at least one end of that completely unrelated spectrum...

Wow, there is an audience for this!?
I've had over 1600 page views in my first month! I was expecting 16...
Yay! Happy One Month Anniversary to Four Baggers and Foreclosures...
Here's Kirby Puckett!

Other than throwing up a link on facebook and twitter when I post a story, I've done no promoting. I was thri…

My Top 12 Retail Hits of All Time!!!

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As the card budget shrank over the past decade, I am down to picking up a blaster or rack pack at Target or WalMart, here and there as I can afford them... That is the reality of life these days, and why I've turned my attention to focusing on what I really want to collect. Days of building sets from packs are over...

But every once in a while, there's an itch that only something like this can scratch...


However, the drawbacks of buying your cards from retail are many...

1. You have to support giant corporate conglomerates that don't care about cards.

2. You usually don't get value despite the packaging telling you that are indeed, getting value.

3. Retail packs can be searched on the shelves by the scummier portion of our collector base. Ever wonder where all those "guaranteed hit!" loose wax packs that show up on ebay come from? Some douche nozzle spending hours in the card aisle, feeling up every pack, thus robbing the casual retail card purchaser from the…