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Matt Sammon is the host of "Wax Ecstatic", a very nerdy but fun look at the baseball cards of the 1980s and early 90's. Matt is the founder of SammonSez, LLC, providing broadcasting and content creation advice, guidance, and direction to individuals and professional organizations.

Matt Sammon is the host of "Wax Ecstatic", a very nerdy but fun look at the baseball cards of the 1980s and early 90's. Matt is the founder of SammonSez, LLC, providing broadcasting and content creation advice, guidance, and direction to individuals and professional organizations.

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United States

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Matt Sammon is the host of "Wax Ecstatic", a very nerdy but fun look at the baseball cards of the 1980s and early 90's. Matt is the founder of SammonSez, LLC, providing broadcasting and content creation advice, guidance, and direction to individuals and professional organizations.

Language:

English


Episodes

171: As God As My Witness, I Thought These Turkeys Would Fly

11/20/2020
With Thanksgiving around the corner, host Matt Sammon looks at some hobby "turkeys" including some funny non-sports cards from deep in the storage unit. But like many Thanksgiving side dishes, while many people may not like one side dish in particular, there's nothing wrong with a little guilty pleasure in a side dish.

Duration:01:26:32

170: Don't Make Like a Tree and Leaf: We've Got Some Cool 90's Nostalgia Bargains Here

11/6/2020
Host Matt Sammon tracks down some 90s nostalgia that isn't your usual "junk wax", as we open up 1991 Leaf Studio and 1992 Leaf Series 1 packs. We also have what is now becoming a regular warning of "buyer beware" when it comes to the sudden interest in baseball cards by the general public. Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains Watch the pack break at: https://youtu.be/L_jZDlwBmBw

Duration:01:28:59

169: Popping Bubble Gum to Pop-Up Cards

10/23/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks back at some fun and unique products this episdoe: 1979 Topps MLB All-Star Bubble Gum Wrappers, and 1987 Donruss Jumbo All-Stars with Pop-Up Cards. WaxPackHero.com's Mike Sommer joins us as well to discuss some other unique collectible oddities! Watch the video break at https://youtu.be/n6hBJhQh3vI Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:38:47

168: Farm Fun: Some Very Familiar Names Pop Up in 1991 Classic Minor League

10/9/2020
Host Matt Sammon revisits Minor League Baseball cards with a break of some 1991 Classic packs. Despite a relatively low return on investment, the minor league packs are a fun blast from the past as well as affordable. Watch the break at https://youtu.be/5tBTsu8w6Nc Follow us on Twitter @WaxandGumStains

Duration:01:26:25

167: The Eye of the Beholder-- We Look Back at '61 Topps

9/25/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks back at 1961 Topps, which some people see as plain and boring, while others see a simple and clean work of art. We look at the quirks of this legendary set, Topps' challenge with expansion, and the M&M boys. Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains Watch the video review at https://youtu.be/DVuO8XlXDtk

Duration:01:32:12

166: A (Blue Light) Special Set: The Least Valuable 1982 Topps K-Mart MVP Set!

9/11/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks back at the little-liked 1982 Topps K-Mart MVP set, which despite a lack of fanfare was a very influential set for young collectors in a pre-internet world. Plus, how K-Mart, Wal Mart, and the hobby have eerily similar histories with (thankfully) different outcomes. Watch the video at https://youtu.be/pfzSOSz46tY Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:35:49

165: Yipes! Stripes! The Incredibly Underrated '86 Donruss Gets a Second Look

8/28/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks back at one of his favorite underrated sets, one that is starting to get some more love thanks to a great design and treasure trove of stars and rookies. We're going back to the "Max Headroom" set of baseball cards, 1986 Donruss! Watch the break at https://youtu.be/8L9k6KG4ZOk Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:21:13

164: Last Chance at Perfection: Looking Back at 1993 Upper Deck

8/14/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks back at the 1993 Upper Deck set, a set that was nearly perfect while showing off the indulgences of future hobby problems. Watch the pack break at youtu.be/L6y13Aw6aQc (https://t.co/HhQ5cE2lwf?amp=1) Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:28:11

163: DIM YOUR EYES! Too Late... Let's Get All Technicolor Again with 1975 Topps!

7/31/2020
Host Matt Sammon revisits the colorful calamity that is 1975 Topps, as we see how market forces and a lack of quality control makes this must-have set so hard to collect. Watch the pack break at https://youtu.be/Ew0zJqcPyTg Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:32:19

162: Book It Danno: The Wax Pack Book and the Still Popular '86 Topps Set

7/17/2020
Host Matt Sammon is joined by Brad Balukjian, author of The Wax Pack book. Matt and Brad first discussed the topic back in September 2016, and nearly 4 years later Brad has a hit that does more than just track down players from an '86 Topps wax pack. Watch the video break at youtu.be/bfq-mwoaDYc (https://t.co/TcoxxvzV7B) . Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:49:17

161: Mini Super: The Tiny Treat That is '88 Topps American Baseball (Not "UK Minis")

7/3/2020
Host Matt Sammon opens a nice little gift box full of 1988 Topps American Baseball. Popularly known as "UK minis", we dispel the UK connection while discussing why this really smart product only lasted two years. Watch the break at https://youtu.be/dhDbIKH9m-o Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:26:02

160: Emptiness: 1994 Topps is Decent, But the Memories of Baseball in '94 Bring Down the Room

6/19/2020
Host Matt Sammon opens up some 1994 Topps series 2 packs for the first time in 26 years. But the reminder of the strike-shortened season and the sagging card industry then brings him down... and brings in the salt as he riffs on 2020 baseball problems, the coronavirus, and more. Watch the video break at youtu.be/1dwMUIFTjGg (https://t.co/a2s0vvf7vs?amp=1) Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:24:18

159: Off the Beaten Path: We Find Some BIG Stars of Baseball Past

6/5/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks back at some "off the beaten path" sets of the late 80's and early 90's: Topps BIG, The Conlon Collection, and Swell Baseball Greats. Plus the stories of some interesting baseball characters from the early 20th century. Watch the video at https://youtu.be/6qdssWwIizY Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:43:48

158: I'm Not Quite Dead! How Bowman Avoided Disappearing, After Nearly Disappearing

5/22/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks at the crucial pivot in Bowman starting in 1991, after a less-than-spectacular re-introduction in 1989. The Bowman brand is still remarkably strong as the "rookie card" creator thanks to decisions made nearly 30 years ago. Watch the video break at https://youtu.be/7XdiwyYncSI And follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:25:50

157: Three's Company: The Start of the Rookie Craze with '83 Topps

5/8/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks back at the tipping point in the start of the rookie card craze-- 1983, and in particular Topps as the set featured rookie cards for Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, and Ryne Sandberg. Watch the video break at youtu.be/S4JZuSddE58 And follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:31:26

156: Who Does #2 Work For? Derek Jeter Makes '93 Topps Series 1 Less Junky

4/24/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks back at series 1 of 1993 Topps, a set that is suddenly in demand thanks to Hall of Famer Derek Jeter's gold rookie card. If you're willing to pay a little extra for cards from 1993, something you're not used to doing, you could put together a really solid set from Topps. Watch the pack break at youtu.be/nUPTu8-8SSI (https://t.co/2tEcD15qEm) And follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:21:40

155: Ho Ho... NO! A 1979 Topps "Fauxback" Pack Shows Us the Perils of Repackaged Relics

4/10/2020
Host Matt Sammon takes one for the team as he opens a holiday "fauxback" 1979 Topps rack pack. While 1979 Topps is a fun and relatively easy vintage set to collect, buyer beware for any rack packs that aren't the real deal. Watch the pack break at youtu.be/SsMGjhUVBFs (https://t.co/ORwaDsxvqi) Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:24:22

154: Back to the Future, with 2020 Topps Heritage and 1971 Topps!

3/27/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks back at the set he calls a true work of art-- 1971 Topps and its newly-inspired twin set 2020 Topps Heritage. Featuring special guests Nick Diunte and Patrick Sammon! Also with a special public service announcement on staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:43:38

153: All That And A Bag Of Chips: A 1990 Topps Vending Box Delivers Clean Cards and Spare Change

3/13/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks back at the under-appreciated 1990 Topps set, and the somewhat overlooked vending box. Once used to feed drug store vending machines in the 1960s, the vending box is an efficient way to add to your collection. Watch the video break at https://youtu.be/ZiJxpCVrP54 And follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:52:12

152: A Perfectly Imperfect Set-- The Beautifully Flawed '74 Topps

2/28/2020
Host Matt Sammon looks back at '74 Topps as he opens up a vintage pack of a set that was launched with all the right intentions, but fell victim to one team's relocation whimsy. Watch the pack break at https://youtu.be/WrlIN66oABs And follow us on Twitter @WaxAndGumStains

Duration:01:36:14