Hi! I did indeed stumble upon your blog in the process of looking for a 40th birthday present for my husband, an avid collector of baseball and football cards :) I must confess immediately to knowing almost nothing about card collecting. But my boys and I are putting together a huge box of 40 of his favorite things for his birthday, and I have been somewhat stymied by the 'baseball card' category. Right now he is working on completing a set of football cards from a particular year, but I don't have any way (without asking him) of figuring out which ones he still needs.
Sooo...my question for you is whether there is something I could get him that is somewhat of an outside-the-box gift for a man who has everything, including a LOT of baseball cards? The other day he ordered a jeweler's loop so that he could examine the edges and coloration of certain cards and I was so bitter that I hadn't thought of that! Is there a particular supply that not many people know about which is secretly indispensable? Is there a book that is an invaluable resource for collectors? I just don't know where to look!
Any advice would be so helpful! Thank you sooo much, and take care!
Because she didn't specify what kinds of cards he has, I made the following suggestions:
- Toploaders and boxes to store cards
- if he has mini cards (like for A&G, GQ, and Topps 206), a box of 15-pocket pages
- books (because those who collect ANYTHING is also a book collector) like the annual Beckett Almanacs, or even books like Mint Condition, Cardboard Gods, or The Card (the T206 Honus Wagner story).