Thursday, November 22, 2018

Baseball Card Breakdown FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions I get regarding my blog.

- "I stumbled upon some custom cards online that you made. Are they available?"

Yes, maybe. I don't sell customs, but will often trade them! Check out my wantlist and feel free to email me with what you want and you've got to offer.

- "How do you make your customs?"

Photoshop. The version I use is pretty old, but I've been using it for many years now and so I'm comfortable with it. I print on a regular home printer using various types of photo paper. I also make my gifs using Photoshop.

- "Can you make a special custom card for me?"

Probably. My modest custom-making skills are available to "commission" by trading me cards. Check out my wantlist and email me with your custom idea and what you've got to offer in exchange. The chances of me agreeing to the deal might depend on how busy I am at the moment and the degree of difficulty of your custom idea.

There are a couple other places online that might be able to help with your custom card ideas, such as and

- "I want to surprise [this person with whom you've recently traded] with a package of cards; Can you give me their address?"

No. Even if I completely trust the person asking for it, I won't share another trader's mailing address without their written consent. Some people are particular about their privacy.

- "I've recently started up a card blog; Can I get added to your blogroll?"

Yes! I'm always happy to add any card blogs to my blogroll. If your blog is not in my sidebar list and you'd like it to be, just let me know and I'll add it ASAP. (Note that only the 25 most recently-updated blogs are listed unless you click "show all".)

- "Can I use [some text from your blog or a gif you made or something] on my blog or site?"

Sure. But please give me credit for it and include a link to Baseball Card Breakdown and/or my Twitter account.

- "I work for [some random website you've never heard of] and I'd like to talk to you about creating content for us."

No. If I were to be contacted by a known hobby entity like Beckett or Cardboard Connection, I'd definitely consider it (though probably still decline, just because it would stress me out). Anything that seems sketchy gets deleted pretty quickly.

- "What about a link exchange?"

No. Other than adding card blogs to my blogroll, I probably won't want to link to your site on my blog, sorry.

- "I would like to talk to you about sponsorship/ads for your blog."

No. Baseball Card Breakdown is not accepting advertising partners at this time. (That said, any card companies are welcomed to send me free boxes of cards in exchange for a review. It hasn't happened yet, but that's the dream! But as it stands the closest thing to a paid link I have is my Amazon referral link. Hey y'all, it's that time of year again. If you're gonna buy stuff on Amazon, why not do your ol' pal Gav a solid and enter the site through this Amazon homepage link so I'll get a little store credit on your purchases? I use that credit to buy paper and ink to make more customs to spread around to my trader buddies.)

- "Do you want to trade cards with me?"

Yes, probably! I think I end up trading with the majority of folks who broach me about a trade. Just give me an idea of what you want and what you're offering me in exchange (Here's the link to my wantlist again).

- "Would you like to buy [this random card]?"

Probably not, but feel free to offer. I generally don't pay money to strangers who email me out of the blue. But if it's a card I really want, and a solid deal (better than what I'd find online), and you can provide some solid references, then maybe. But most of the time, I just point people to sell their cards on eBay.

- "Can you tell me what [this random card] is worth?"

I could probably give you an idea, but instead of bothering me with it, you should just do what I would do and search eBay (don't forget to also search checking the "sold" and/or "completed listings" box) or perhaps COMC. (Update: Here's a handy post by the Junior Junkie with more info on how to find the value of your baseball cards.)

Ok, I think that's it. Thank you for reading my FAQ!


  1. Do people actually ask you things? If so, I sure wish people would ask me a thing or two occasionally.

    Also, since you brought it up, I decided to look out of curiosity... I guess I haven't made your blogroll cut yet, maybe next year :)

    1. *ask you these kinds of things*

    2. Ok, you should be added now. Sorry about that! And yes, these are all questions I get asked from time to time.. though "frequently" might be pushing it.

  2. I like Jon's uncorrected question - do people actually ask you things? Cuz no one asks me things except to say 'will you shut up?' maybe i should consider myself lucky.

  3. I really need to do one of these. I have no idea why I haven't. I think about it all the time.

  4. This is a great post idea. I get random inquiries on Facebook and email a lot.

  5. I don't get a lot of questions sent my way... outside of the ones related to specific posts (which I really enjoy).
    But I can understand why you receive such heavy traffic. When you make the best damn customs around... you're bound to be popular. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family and Peter North :)