About Me

Hi, I’m Dave. I’m 30 years old and I reside with my wife, my cat, and my baseball cards in Apex, North Carolina, a suburb or Raleigh. My wife and I are eagerly awaiting the birth of our first child, a daughter, in June 2010. I am fortunate to live close to Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of my favorite major league baseball team, the Tampa Bay Rays.  I grew up in Rochester, New York and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in 2001. I have lived in the Raleigh-Durham area (also known as the Research Triangle) ever since then.

I started Fielder’s Choice Blog on June 14, 2008 after I had recently regained the passion for the baseball card hobby that I had as a kid.  I was inspired to start a blog after becoming a devoted reader of other card blogs like Wax Heaven, The Baseball Card Blog, Treasure Never Buried, Cardboard Junkie, and Stale Gum.  I actively blogged about the baseball card industry, my personal collection, and the sport of baseball itself from June 2008 through May 2009.  A highlight was writing about the Rays’ amazing run to the 2008 World Series.  Eventually I realized that I was burning myself out, spending too much time writing and maintaining the blog, and put the blog on hiatus.

As of February 2010, I have resumed blogging on a limited basis.  I won’t be writing as much as I used to, but I will still be sharing my opinions on the baseball card hobby, showing off some of the cards in my collection, and commenting on the 2010 baseball season when I have the time.  In addition, it’s likely that I’ll also be writing about topics that aren’t related to baseball or baseball cards.  For example, I’m sure that I will have a lot to say about my journey into fatherhood starting in June.

If you’d like to contact me, you can email me here.  And of course, I love receiving comments on my posts.  Getting people’s thoughts and opinions about what I write is what makes blogging fun!



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  1. Dave, you have a really cool blog. I don’t know how I hadn’t seen it till now. Anyway, it’s cool to see you live in Apex. I actually grew up in Sanford, and my grandfather used to park his semi-tractor in Apex. How random!

    I’ll be linking to your blog and reading much more often from now on.

  2. Thanks for the comments, Charlie! I hope that I can make the blog a worthwhile read for you!

  3. Love the Goudey Postings!! I’m Jealous!!

  4. Do you have the Alex Rodriguez base card from 2008 upper deck ballpark collection? If so I would buy it if it is for sale or trade for it. I have a number of Evan Longoria rookie doubles that I want to move.

  5. Hey, I emailed you wondering about Don Mattingly signing my baseball. Your website is great.

  6. Hi Dave

    I just added your blog to my list. Truly sad that you support a hockey club in Carolina – and here I am in the hockey Capitol of … um, er … Florida.

    come visit my blog when you have time. Keep up the good work.



    PS – Ron Francis – all class !

  7. Hey Dave!

    Just found your blog today and I love it. Great work. You along with other bloggers have really inspired me to get back into collecting baseball cards. I’m 25 now and I probably haven’t bought cards since I was 13.

    That’s changing. I’m definitely going to get back into it and want to start a blog about it as well. I’ll be a regular follower! Keep it up.

  8. Hi Dave. I’ve been away from the hobby for 15 years. I helped my late bro-n-law while he recovered from an illness back in 1992. I can’t believe the changes, esp. the extremely low production runs and limited runs. And the prices of the older rookie cards, such as Shaq, seem really low. Do you think it’s a good time to “invest” in cards? My common sense tells me it is, but I just don’t know much about the current state of affairs concerning the hobby. Thanks, Jim Perdue.

  9. I have noticed and bought one donruss football printing plates off ebay where the back say you have a one of one printing plate and says nothing about the signature on the front. Willie Parker printing plate is being sold right now. The owner of this card says he got it directly out of the special black boxes. The stickers look legit but I don’t know if this story is true. Do you know anything about this because Panini is not of great help, I guess they bought them after this took place. Any info or knowledge is much appreciated, thank you

  10. Hello Dave,

    Greetings from Paris, France.

    Some news from me, thought you might be interested in…I just produced 1000 art stamp sheets of my piece, Rubens Rounding Third. I printed them, with gummed paper and perforated them, signed and numbered them and then put them online with Keep Calm Gallery.

    Here’s the link: http://www.keepcalmgallery.com/artists/matthew_rose/mrrubens-rubens_rounding_third.htm

    The stamps are based upon an artwork I made in 2008. A year ago, a friend suggested I send in a work on the theme of baseball to the philatelic museum in Mexico, MUFI. So I took the collage, scanned it, arranged it in a grid and then printed it, hand perforated it and sent it from Paris to Oaxacca. I won first prize. It was astonishing.

    While I’ve lived in Paris for more than 18 years, I’m a New York boy and each day I scour the box scores. Yes, a NY Met fan. My first game was a twi-light double header (NY vs Pete Rose and the Reds) in 1965. My grandfather took me and he taught me how to keep score and explained everything that was happening. He was a true Brooklyn Dodger fan and was forever crying about the move of his team to LA. Oh, and everyone was either a stiff or a bum. I caught one ball in my lifetime: At the Pawtucket Red Sox game. It was unreal as it basically bounced into my hands.

    All the best,

    Matthew Rose


  11. Hey, Dave I was reading your blogs and I was wonder if you could help me with my collection. I have the whole set of 1988 DON RUSS DIAMOND KING cards and the checklist all 27 of them. how much do you think they would be worth?

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