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Finished my 2017 Topps team run

My Topps year-to-year run [1978-present] of cards for each MLB team has been a dormant project - but since there is still novelty in the 'newish' flagship cards for the year, I wanted to get 2017 out of the way. Though my run doesn't...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Tim Thomas!

Every so often when I have a few minutes to kill with my iPad, I'll search the trading card section on eBay for 'Autograph', sort by Ending Soonest and see if there's any low-hanging fruit to be plucked at the last moment. Doing so last...Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: I Get Buy(backs) with a Little Help from My Friends

Recently, buyback cards have been flooding into Shoebox Legends headquarters from all over the place. In fact, I have four more folks who've sent me buybacks recently that I need to thank, and that's exactly what I'll be doing here. Let's take a look at the goods and see if they make the franken-set album... Show More Summary

Bargain Hunting - Delvecchio Tallboy!

A couple of weeks back I got an email from Dave & Adam's Card World letting me know they were having a sale, and since I had a few minutes I decided to check it out. While I didn't find any boxes or other unopened modern product that...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - John Elway

I vaguely remember Elway sighing before signing this 1999 Topps card for me at a golf tournament - while there might have been chances to get a non-card item signed, I tend to be a 'card first' guy, so this was what I got scribbled on the last time I saw him.

A '59 Trio

Just a quick post tonight, been a long day. When I saw recently that an eBay seller had listed nearly an entire '59 Topps set, with each individual card starting at a penny and combined shipping available, I placed a few bids and came home with 9 new cards for my set in the end. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Drew Brees

I was able to get Brees to sign this 2006 Upper Deck Rookie Debut card years ago and dug it out to be slabbed - a good thing is that the trading card lists and pictures [wish it was a game action image] Brees with a New Orleans Saints since he has been the face of that franchise for 11 seasons.

Ducks and More

Football has the longest offseason, but that's fine with me. Reader Brandon has exchanged cards with me a few times, and he's been able to track down some quality Quack Attack cards in the past. This time was no exception. I usually save the Ducks cards I get in trades to post on game days, but that's not always fair to do. Show More Summary

A New Season

Pitchers and catchers, reporting for duty! The sporting world has been rather rough to me lately, at least when it comes to my rooting interests. After sitting through another agonizing Trail Blazers loss last night, a card arrived in...Show More Summary

Barely Treading Water in a Sea of Generosity

I'm beginning to have a real "first world problem" when it comes to operating the blog, and that is that so many generous folks are sending me cards that it's truly becoming a part-time job keeping up with everything. Much of this is...Show More Summary

Featured autographs - Hines Ward

I primarily collect baseball, so my collection of signed IP/TTM cards from other sports just doesn't run as deep - I may have something loose to dig for like these cards I thought might look good once authenticated and slabbed. I must...Show More Summary

'72-73 OPC WHA - The Quest Continues

It's been a lot of fun so far working on the '72-73 O-Pee-Chee WHA subset, and I've really kicked it into high gear the past few weeks. Today I've got another pair to share with you, each plucked from eBay for just a couple bucks... Winger Wayne Rivers appeared in just over 100 NHL games throughout the '60s, tallying 15 goals over that span. Show More Summary

Card shop finds - the most random nine

Most of my 'pocket change' has been spent towards picking up magnetic card holders to upgrade storage for many of the individual cards in my PCs - I can only use top loaders and semi-rigids from 1999 for so long. As is, I haven't really...Show More Summary

Saturday Randoms

I'm out cruising around deep in the woods of northern New Hampshire on a snowmobile right about now, so how about a scheduled post to clean out a bunch of back-logged images from my scans folder? Sure, why not! In 2008, Topps included a 5-card insert set of the World's Deadliest Sharks in its Allen & Ginter release. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Jerome Bettis

Bettis has a unique autograph where it looks like he writes out the 'Rome' in Jerome and then draws out a caricature of a football - maybe it was because I was getting him on a trading card and it wasn't a paid signing, but I didn't get any of those unique qualities. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Jerry West

The only non football autograph in my PSA/DNA submission was a TTM signed card of NBA legend Jerry West - it may only be a card I randomly sent at some point within the past 15 years, but I'm amazed it came back to me signed, because I've always associated The Logo as a sporting great who may not have signed autograph requests.

Buyback Franken-set: Recycled Goods

As I keep rolling with the buyback franken-set project, today I've got a stack of 10 that have all been featured on the blog in years past, but haven't officially been evaluated for/incorporated into the franken-set. Time to do a little house-keeping, let's dive in... Show More Summary

2017 Topps Series I hobby jumbo pack

I picked up a jumbo pack of 2017 Topps Series I for my yearly breaking ritual of at least one jumbo pack of Series I, Series II and Update - with a nameplate eating up the lower portion of the front of the card and bright colored card backs, these flagship cards may take a little getting used to, but are otherwise passable. Show More Summary

Snow Day with Coast to Posts

The snow is coming down hard here in Rhode Island. Yesterday it was 54 degrees and sunny, today we're in the midst of about a foot and a half of snow. Seems like a good day to show some hockey cards! Today's loot comes courtesy of Brad over at Coast to Posts. Show More Summary

You Can Still Supertrade in 2017

More envelopes of joy from a new Supertrader. Now that we're about a week into February, it's time to finally post about some of the first things I received in this doomed new year. Johnny's Trading Spot is one of the latest to join the group of crazed individuals that sends baseball cards around the country to fans of particular teams. Show More Summary

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