This month, West Hollywood-based novelty trading card company Bench Warmer will release a new set of cards featuring its trademark beautiful women. This will be the first time that Bench Warmer includes a stick of bubble gum in its packs of cards, a nod to the 1950’s, when Topps baseball cards were first sold with gum.
When I was a young boy collecting buing baseball cards Trilby, it never occurred to me that if I had enough money I could buy a whole box. My friends were the same way, we would spend whatever money we could get on a few packs and maybe some candy. But today I enjoy buying unopened boxes of cards over individual packs.
Or if sports are your hobby, you can monetize it on or off the Net. You might want to give golf lessons or write a short eBook about shaving 6 points off of your short game. Or maybe you can all star baseball cards on eBay and build a profitable business that way.
Using meetup.com is very easy. Their website is very intuitive and there are only a handful of steps to register and announce your group. All groups are searchable by topic and location. The organizer is provided with ample space to explain the group’s purpose and it is critical that your purpose is clear and that your invitation to join the group, compelling. If there are other groups like yours already operating in your area, you may just consider attending one of those meetings and not trying to re-create the wheel.
Don’t hang all your art. Use a large crown molding shelf to set prints on and simply lean the artwork against the wall. It’s not only functional but adds an architectural element instead of just hanging prints flat on the wall.
The highest price that has ever been paid for a player-signed contract was $996,000. Babe Ruth’s rookie-year contract from 1919 sold for this price in June of 2005. Vintage baseball cards contracts are greatly sought after by collectors, especially in recent years. The auction of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson’s contract will be closely watched by collectors and might set a new standard of value for such historic papers.
Here’s a challenge! Try one or a few of the following approaches. Go ahead and pick a vintage player you like or your favorite team. Browse a list of 500 Home Run Hitters or pitchers with 300 wins Check out the different types of older cards that appeal to your eye. Consider building your birth year set a few cards at a time. You’ll enjoy building your collection even more when you have a goal in mind. While this is all happening, your collection will begin to include some of the greatest players ever to play the game.
There are many more ways you could find to save money but these can get you thinking. It might be an enjoyable exercise to take an average day or week and see where you can cut expenses that you have become accustomed to by habit. Test yourself and see how much you can save.