Past Featured Websites
Here are two awesome sites to peruse:
This site hasn't been updated since December, but it is still worth checkout out. There are so many awesome scans to look at.
This is a very well-designed treasure trove of baseball history. You could spend hours exploring this site.
Joe's Sports Autographs has been around for a long time and - after a hiatus - is back on air with regular updates!
Not many autograph collector sites stick around, with a bunch folding after only a year or two. This one is different. Its front page features links to scans from 2014 and going all the way back to 2007 (and they all still work!), which will give you a lot to look at.
This is a really great site.
White Sox Cards may be dedicated to one team, but all baseball fans will get a kick out of it, no matter who they root for. It features awesome entries on White Sox players past and present, cool scans and an excellent look into the mind of one White Sox fanatic. Check it out!
The Baseball Cube is one of the best baseball reference resources available on the 'net. Largely run by one person, it was started in 2003 and was the first major site to include college statistics, as well as one of the first to include minor league stats.
I remember when I first discovered this site those many years ago - back then, it was known as Sports Wired I believe - and it has been one of my go-to online stops every since. I absolutely love it and you will, too.
Fangraphs is a popular baseball resource, loaded with statistics - both traditional and Sabermetric - prospect info, blog entries, news stories, player projections...just about everything. Just how much they offer is a little overwhelming - but in a good way! - so if it's your first time visiting, you' better have a few extra hours to spare.
A lot of fans swear by this site, and I can see why.
This guy is a trading fiend. Check out his want lists! More importantly, check out his trade lists! Does he have anything you need? He has a ton of stuff available and can likely accommodate you.
If you just want some really cool scans to look at, Trader Crack's Card Blog is a great place to go. He has pics of lots of awesome certified autographs and jersey cards from numerous sports.
Take a look!
Did you know Topps has a website? Of course you did, but it's worth featuring here. Topps often has excellent deals going through its site, as well as a lot of non-sports card stuff for sale. From apparel to wall art to cool collectibles, it's there.
Ross's Sports Autographs has been around for as long as I can remember and it is still going strong. With entertaining updates, a lot of cool pages to explore and an easy-to navigate-layout, it remains one of the best collector sites on the 'Net. Check it out!
One of the best sources for celebrity and sports figure addresses, anywhere, is StarTiger. It has nearly 400,000 addresses for people of note ranging from A-list celebrities to no-name football players to well-known businessmen to scrub hockey wash-ups and everything in-between.
It is more than an address database, however - it is a way to keep track of your collection and to share your results online. The Website's main page says, "StarTiger is heaven for autograph collectors," and as someone who has used the site in the past, I must say it's hard to disagree. Though it costs money to sign up, it ends up being well worth it.
I've already featured Baseball-Reference.com and now it's time to showcase its sister site, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Not everyone is aware that the world famous Baseball-Reference.com has a football counterpart, but that it does - and it is excellent. I use it all the time, in fact. It has basically the same layout as Baseball-Reference and provides a similarly high-quality level of detail and information.
Pro-Football-Reference is perhaps the best reference site for football stats out there.
I'm always a fan of well-designed collector Websites, and this one fits the bill. The curiously-named Slave's Through the Mail and In Person Autographs offers interesting blog entries detailing his (mostly hockey) autograph successes. Though sporadically updated, this site is worth checking out - it has scans, informative and entertaining entries and a sleek design.
There is a Wiki for everything nowadays, so of course there has to be one for baseball cards - and this is it! This is a pretty comprehensive collection of information about baseball cards and since it is a Wiki, more is being added every single day. What's in the 1998 Score set, you wonder? It's there. How about the 1972 Topps set, or even the 1941 Play Ball set, it's all there!
Check out this invaluable reference today!
Here's a nice site for those who are in the market to buy some sports cards. Scottsdale Baseball Cards offers a wide array of options for sale, including singles, sets, autographs and boxes from all sorts of sports, including the less common golf and soccer.
Check it out!
It's a fact that some players do not like signing through-the-mail. They do not answer any autograph requests and are often unwilling to do public signings. Luckily, there is Chris Potter Sports.
Somehow, Chris Potter is able to score private signings with players that otherwise shy away from signing autographs. At any given moment, he has a ton of signings set up with names both well-known and obscure. If you're looking for that one elusive 'graph to fill out your collection, Chris Potter Sports may be just what you need to get it.
In-person autograph collecting is one of the most popular ways of scoring signatures for a collection. It's fun, you get to interact with famous folks and you can be sure of an autograph's authenticity. But if you don't know where the big names are going to be, then how can you collect autographs in-person?
That's why Signings Hotline exists, to let you know when and where all the stars, present and past, are holding their signings. There is a free version and a premium option as well--both are worth checking out.
If you want some high-quality, reasonably priced prints of some of the top names (and some of the more obscure ones) in minor league baseball, Future Star Photos is the place for you. Their photos come in sizes 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20 and are crisp, clean and professionally done. These pictures aren't taken by a bunch of amateurs, that's for sure.
Check it out!
Let me introduce you to an address list you may not have heard of: The Collins NFL Address List, featuring home addresses for innumerable National Football League players. It doesn't get the press that some other lists receive, but it seems to bring people success--I see it's name pop up on SportsCollectors.net with some frequency. If you're a collector of football autographs, this is a reference you should check out.
White Sox Autograph Projects
This is a dedicated 'grapher - a 'grapher dedicated to obtaining White Sox autographs! He has a lot of cool projects going on, like getting the 2005 Topps World Series commemorative set signed (the Pale Hose won the Fall Classic that year). Even if you're not a Sox fan, this is still a fun site to check out.
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
This is Cooperstown's virtual home, a digital treasure trove of information about the greatest ballplayers to ever play the game of baseball--and the edifice where they are remembered. Looking to plan a visit to the Hall? This should be your first stop. Want to read about Hank Aaron? This is the place for you. A lot of people know about the Hall of Fame, but they don't know just how awesome the Hall of Fame's Website is.
Check it out!
The Baseball Card Blog
Do you like baseball cards? Do you like blogs that talk about baseball cards? Then this is the Website for you!
The Baseball Card Blog is a thoroughly entertaining chunk of the Internet, exploring the lighter side of baseball cards and baseball card collecting. Sure to deliver giggles and laughs, this nicely designed Site is bound to keep you in stitches.
Check it out!
Ross's Sports Autographs
Ross is one of the revered veterans of through-the-mail autograph collecting. He's been doing it for years and has put together quite the collection of signatures.
On his Website, Ross's Sports Autographs, you can follow his incredible through the mail adventures and read his interesting and entertaining updates. He collects a bunch of different sports, including the "big four" - baseball, basketball, football and hockey - so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
While many autograph sites come and go, Ross' has been on the Internet for years - his was one of the first autograph sites I went to way back in the early and mid-2000s! You don't have to worry about him going anywhere, there's constantly new autographs and updates to check out.
Give it a look!
Reading about sports cards never gets old - and this blog gives you a lot to read about. He busts packs, gives reviews and provides images...what more could you ask for?
Well-designed and well-written, this chunk of the Interwebs is definitely worth checking out.
Matt Raymond brings you one of the best autograph Websites to hit the 'net in a long time. Inside this sleek, well-designed and well-written Website, you'll find all you need to know about autograph collecting--it is called Autograph University, after all.
There are tips and articles and all sorts of goodies just waiting to be uncovered. Check it out--you'll like what you see.
Well, I've already featured MLB.com, so I might as well feature its minor league counterpart, MiLB.com (the MiLB, if you haven't guessed, is short for Minor League Baseball). I actually visit this site more than MLB.com--whether I want to find the whereabouts of a baseball player or read up on the top prospects, it's all here. Statistics, videos, analysis--you name it, they got it.
If you're a fan of collecting blogs, then this is one for you! With tons of great entries, you'll be sure to find something that piques your interest. He covers all sorts of sports, including football, basketball, baseball and more!
Need some singles and need them cheap? SportLots.com is the site for you. I have personally used this Website multiple times (and have even sold some extra cards on it) and can say without equivocation that it is one of the best sources of inexpensive sports cards on the Internet. It features cards from all the major sports and allows you to search by player, sport and year.
Check it out--you won't be disappointed.
On the Road With Pat Neshek
A baseball player who collects autographs? And baseball cards? And has his own Website? Who could that be?
His name is Pat Neshek, who is one of the fan-friendliest baseball players of the 21st century and who, a few years ago, was one of the best relievers in the game. Check out his cool Website, which discusses his box breaks, his autograph collection and his life as a baseball player.
Baseball fans, this is the ultimate forum for you. It's one of my favorites and I visit it every single day. It features discussions on all things baseball including, of course, autographs and collecting.
Want to talk about international ball? Go for it. Is the 19th century your favorite era? They have a forum for that. What about stats and Sabermetrics? Of course, a forum is available for that as well.
The best part about this Website is that it is a good source of intelligent baseball discussion, which is something that is often lacking in sports-centric message boards. It is well and fairly moderated, which helps keep the riff and the raff to a minimum. You'll really dig this site.
Check it out!
As this Website's tagline states, it is the "musings of a card collector." And what interesting musings they are! The author, chemgod, doesn't hold back in providing his opinion on all things sports cards--whether the subject is Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow or Jeremy Lin.
Check it out!
This is a no-frills Website, but that doesn't mean it is a bad Website. Follow TTMer Mitch as he updates the additions to his autograph collection, which includes names from all sports--even the less commonly collected ones, like tennis and boxing. He even collects NASA member autographs!
Check it out!
Dion's IP Autos Only
It is becoming harder and harder to find a quality collector-created autograph Website these days. Too often, people make a site, then stop updating it after two weeks, or they never add images--you know, the general annoyances.
Well, that is not the case with Dion's IP Autos Only. Dion has put together an impressive collection since creating his blog in 2009, adding over 2,000 (2,000!) autographs each year. He's an in-person collector, so his posts are always a blast to check out.
November, 2011:Interested in sports cards? This blog is for you. Updated daily, this trove of sports card knowledge and information will be sure to keep any collecting fanatic entertained and intrigued for hours. It's very well written, too, which is a plus.
The layout of the site isn't flashy, but that doesn't matter when you see the all the 'graphs he gets in the mail. He mails out hundreds of requests each year and gets hundreds back, which makes visiting his site very entertaining. Check out his list of signatures...it's massive.
For my first featured website, I thought I'd focus on perhaps the best autograph collecting website on the Internet, Mark's Signing Bonus. I am sure most of you know about this fantastic corner of the Internet, with its daily updates and helpful site owner, however it is worth featuring. It is the only website I check daily, and is worth a look-see.