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The Law and Ultra Vires

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire, an apologist for cultural property nationalists and a critic of private ownership and trade in cultural property, has posted on his blog a quite lucid history of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) experiences in District and Appellate Court over the past eight years. Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 2

Day 2: "A card with more than one player on it." 2001 Upper Deck Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle #90 - The Hall of Records subset. I picked this card up because I like the idea of this trio of baseball icons on one card - Mantle actually...Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 1

I saw this 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge floating around on other card blogs' feeds - I figure I'd do the challenge to see if I can allow myself focus as far as what I have invested into collecting cards after all these years. My main...Show More Summary

Stat Kings - 2004 MLB Batting Leaders

As a Red Sox fan, 2004 will always be one of the most memorable seasons in Major League Baseball history. I was living in Massachusetts at the time while my wife and I saved up for a house, and was able to witness the breaking of the infamous curse. Show More Summary

'92-93 Ultra All Over Again

I don't do a great job of keeping up with new releases, so you can imagine my surprise when I recently learned that the 2016-17 Fleer Showcase hockey set contains buybacks from 1992-93 Fleer Ultra!The '92-93 Ultra set was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, so I was pumped to learn that some of these would be available as buybacks. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Sweet '65s!

Time for another round of buybacks for my franken-set project. I'm gonna take a break from the large lot of 2017 buybacks today. Instead, this lot came a couple of months back courtesy of a seller who listed a whole bunch of '60s buybacks...Show More Summary

Rediscover Fred Toliver

Buyback shenanigans. Some people have opinions about the stamped buybacks that Topps has inserted into their products over the years, and many of those opinions are pretty strong. I was never one of those people that was fully against...Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Marty Cordova

I've seen TTM successes posted from Cordova, the 1995 American League Rookie of the Year and he turned into 'a scratch the itch guy' for me - while I've gotten his autograph in-person, I remember when Cordova just wasn't into really signing and he'd 'deface' your card with a real lazy scribble of an autograph. Show More Summary

A Gifted '59!

Just a quick, one-card post today, featuring a card that Chris at The Collector was kind enough to send my way. Check it out! Chris had let me know a few weeks back that he had a '59 Topps card for me off of my want list. When I received the PWE and pulled this card out I was pumped. Show More Summary

1975 Topps Herb Washington #407

I put this card on my eBay watch list and I finally decided to pick it up for my Topps sampler run [1952-1980] - besides the notable stars, legends and Hall of Famers I may pick up for the collection, I also want to push the narrative of featuring lesser known guys who had their 15 minutes of fame in pro baseball. Show More Summary

A Pack of Donruss

I ended up in Target today grabbing some Easter supplies for my nephew, and this pack of Donruss baseball somehow fell into my basket. What can I say, I've been intrigued by what I've seen from the set, and it can't be nothing but buybacks here on the blog. Show More Summary

Who Wants to Trade Some Heritage?

I'm collecting and I've got extras. I've put a pretty good dent in this year's Topps Heritage set, but I could use some help. If anyone out there has been collecting the set as well, or if you've even just bought a few packs, please check out my want list and let me know if there's anything you can spare. Show More Summary

Some TTM autograph requests sent out

I was heavily into TTM 15-20 years ago, but now the hobby is a ‘once in awhile’ thing for me where I don’t want to sink so much $$$ over resources like stamps - while slaving away to put together requests [it's not that hard, but it's...Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: The Mega-Lot Continues to Deliver

I pulled another ten random cards from my giant stash of 2017 Topps buybacks for processing today. Things went very well... 1990 Topps #531 - Ken Caminiti Right out of the gate we have a great card of a semi-star from the first baseball set I ever collected, 1990 Topps. Show More Summary

2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks (Again!)

With yesterday's pack it was fun to look up the status of a bunch of no-names. Here's more of the same.Let's tear in.Top to Bottom:31 Michael KopechIs up with the AA White Sox affiliate Birmingham Barons and apparently throws some heat.26 Foster GriffinHigh-A Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals) with a 1-0 record and 0.82 ERA so far. Show More Summary

That's a (Hockey) Winner!

Probably the one and only time I post hockey cards. The St. Louis Blues just finished off the Minnesota (...ugh...) Wild in an overtime Game 1 playoff win, which gives me the best excuse I could think of to finally post some of the hockey cards Sportscards From The Dollar Store has been sending me. Show More Summary

2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks

I have a particular disdain for minor league cards. Just not my cup of tea. However, they are a bit more fun to open when they are a few years old. The possibility exists that you hit a guy you've actually heard of. Let's check in and...Show More Summary

Sunny Day Randomness

It was 80 degrees and sunny in New England today, and on top of that I enjoyed a rare day off. I took advantage of the weather and the free time to get some spring cleaning done in my garage this afternoon. Seems as good a time as any...Show More Summary

2016 Topps Bunt

Looks like we went 0-for-2016, everyone. Does anyone know that this blog still exists?This pack came from a repack box I recently picked up at Target. Prior to this, I didn't even know Topps made a physical Bunt set. And no, you'll never...Show More Summary

Crossing Over to the Dark Side

No logos here. I've long had an aversion to buying unlicensed cards that probably has roots in always feeling like someone or something was trying to get one over on me as a kid consumer. Store brand chips? Not great. Generic soda? Awful. Show More Summary

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