Playing Favorites

  • Playing Favorites: Eric Nuesslein's No. 1 baseball card ...

    Do you have a single card or item in your collection that stands out from the rest?

    It's often not easy to pick one when looking at a collection that you spent plenty of time (and likely money) building. Is picking just one favorite a challenge that you could take on? Tweet @blowoutbuzz on Twitter (or send an email at the address below) for more info on how you can have your favorite card or item highlighted here on The Buzz. We want to see what makes you tick.

    Here is our latest collector to take this challenge. Check it out ...

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    Name: Eric Nuesslein
    Find him at: @ThoseBackPages on Twitter and Blowout Forums
    Location: New York
    Collects: Graded Rookie Cards

    The favorite: An autographed PSA 1 1985 Topps No. 620 Dwight Gooden Rookie Card

    Why this matters to me: This card, specifically the one that I've shown, is hands down the best card in my collection.

    Why? Keep reading ...

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  • Playing Favorites: Ben Aguirre's No. 1 Clayton Kershaw card ...

    Do you have a single card or item in your collection that stands out from the rest?

    It's often not easy to pick one when looking at a collection that you spent plenty of time (and likely money) building. Is picking just one favorite a challenge that you could take on? Tweet @blowoutbuzz on Twitter (or send an email at the address below) for more info on how you can have your favorite card or item highlighted here on The Buzz. We want to see what makes you tick.

    Here is our latest collector to take this challenge. Check it out ...

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    Name: Ben Aguirre
    Find him at: @cardboardicons on Twitter and Instagram
    Location: California
    Collects: Clayton Kershaw, Roger Clemens and rookie/tobacco cards of Hall of Famers

    The favorite: 2006 Bowman Draft Chrome Prospects Refractor Autograph Clayton Kershaw /500 (BGS 9.5/10)

    Why this matters to me: When it comes to collecting players in the modern hobby, there is usually one card that is considered the most desirable and it’s usually the player’s first Bowman Chrome autograph. And if you don’t time it right, the card of your player may cost you more than you’d want to spend.

    But that's not his story ... keep reading.

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  • Playing Favorites: Rob Rich's No. 1 baseball item ...

    Do you have a single card or item in your collection that stands out from the rest?

    It's often not easy to pick one when looking at a collection that you spent plenty of time (and likely money) building. Is picking just one favorite a challenge that you could take on? Tweet @blowoutbuzz on Twitter (or send an email at the address below) for more info on how you can have your favorite card or item highlighted here on The Buzz. We want to see what makes you tick.

    Here is our latest collector to take this challenge. Check it out ...

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    Name: Rob Rich
    Find him at: @robrich333 or natsfan1 on Blowout Forums
    Location: Kentucky
    Collects: I collect Rookie Cards of modern stars as well as autographs of Hall of Fame players.

    The favorite: PSA/DNA authenticated Babe Ruth Perez-Steele custom cut autograph

    Why this matters to me: Neither of my parents are sports fans, but they encouraged reading and first bought me a baseball history book when I first expressed interest in the sport. It was the perfect gift to learn about the game that would become my greatest passion in life. Babe Ruth was clearly a larger-than-life figure, and, even as a kid that was born 100 years after his birth, I felt this sense of awe when learning of his accomplishments. When I moved into collecting, I truly felt a genuine connection when owning an autograph of a player. It's like I have a personal slither of history and greatness. Unless you are an avid autograph collector, it is difficult to articulate just how connected you can feel to an individual that you have never met through something as simple as an autograph. The simplicity behind an autograph is what truly makes it beautiful. A brief moment in time occurred where an athlete writes his name on an item, but a historical event takes place in my eyes. For a fleeting moment, an individual who has reached the pinnacle of athletic achievement has held the item that is now yours, and permanently left a reminder of their greatness for years to come.

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  • Playing Favorites: Benjamin Wilson's No. 1 Oakland A's card ...


    Do you have a single card or item in your collection that stands out from the rest?

    It's often not easy to pick one when looking at a collection that you spent plenty of time (and likely money) building. Is picking just one favorite a challenge that you could take on? Tweet @blowoutbuzz on Twitter (or send an email at the address below) for more info on how you can have your favorite card or item highlighted here on The Buzz. We want to see what makes you tick.

    Here is our latest collector to take this challenge. Check it out ...

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    Name: Benjamin Wilson
    Find him at: @ourtradingcards
    Location: Galt, Calif.
    Collects: Oakland A's

    The favorite: 2013 Topps Five Star Silver Signatures 1/1 Yoenis Cespedes

    Why this matters to me: I believe I have the largest collection of Oakland A's cards as well as Yoenis Cespedes (A's only). If I don't, I'd love to meet the individual that does. This card is the crown jewel of both my A's and Cespedes personal collection. I was collecting every Cespedes card I could get my hands on from 2012 to 2014. The Five Star Silver Signature Series was an amazing card (with parallels) and it was one of the first rainbows I attempted to complete. It's not my most expensive card, but it's definitely my favorite.

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  • Playing Favorites: Tanner Jones' No. 1 Jose Canseco card ...

    Do you have a single card or item in your collection that stands out from the rest?

    It's often not easy to pick one when looking at a collection that you spent plenty of time (and likely money) building. Is picking just one favorite a challenge that you could take on? Tweet @blowoutbuzz on Twitter (or send an email at the address below) for more info on how you can have your favorite card or item highlighted here on The Buzz. We want to see what makes you tick.

    A collector who we have profiled before is our first to take this challenge. Check it out ...

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    Name: Tanner Jones
    Find him at: @tanmanbbfan
    Location: Texas
    Collects: Jose Canseco

    The favorite: 2017 Topps Museum Collection Framed Autographs Wood #MFAJCA Jose Canseco 1/1

    Why this matters to me: "Aesthetically speaking, this is more of a work of art than a baseball card. It is completely made of wood, inside of a wood frame, gold-ink signature, gold holo-foil and an awesome picture. ... The wood card is among the most beautiful cards made of Canseco in my opinion, but the entire rainbow is incredible as well. The /5 could have easily made a sweet 1/1, as it is simply gorgeous with its anodized black frame, silver ink and silver holo-foil. The wood card however, absolutely deserves its 1/1 status."

    This one's not that simple ... keep reading for more of his story about this card.

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