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COMC Blaster - Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!With COMC's big Black Friday sale looming on the horizon, it seemed like an appropriate time to post a "virtual blaster" that I built on the site. I acquired these cards at different times, but none of them have seen the light of day on the blog until now. Show More Summary

2017 Topps retail factory set pick-up

During a stop at Target, I was looking through the usual Topps factory sets on the shelves and got one with the 1997 Topps Derek Jeter reprint relic card with a pinstripe swatch - I bought a factory set last year at Walmart because it had a Mike Trout stamp card and now Topps got me again with this impulsive purchase. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Mark Appel

Designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies, Appel seems destined to be a first round pick who maybe a failed prospect - still, as I see Appel as a baseball player who may not reach the big leagues, I'll always look at this clip as something to digest and really think about.

Closing out the year - award winners

There is usually some excitement as far as adding another set of cards to my binder to celebrate the most prominent individual player accomplishments - even if there were no particular surprises among the guys who won and I don’t have fancy cards [something shiny like a parallel and/or autographed] to show off. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Vincent Trocheck

Just a quick autograph post this Sunday, featuring a player that I personally think is one of the bright young stars in today's NHL: Vincent Trocheck was taken by the Florida Panthers in the 3rd round of the 2011 entry draft. He finally debuted during the 2013-14 campaign, however his first full season wouldn't come until 2015-16. Show More Summary

An MVP Bargain

Well, that was the longest break I've taken from the blog here in years. A perfect storm of events all converged to take me away from the hobby completely for a couple of weeks there. I'll spare you the details though, after all youShow More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 12: Crunch Time

It's down to a two-game season as Oregon hosts a surprising Arizona team. It comes down to this: at 5-5 on the season, fresh off their bye week, the Oregon Ducks have two games remaining to become bowl eligible. And with Justin Herbert...Show More Summary

Mega Blast

It's just a blaster with a big box. Topps Chrome Update has been an odd retail-only end of the year cash grab since 2013, but this time around they dropped all pretenses that someone might actually want the plain old flagship update packs in another configuration. Show More Summary

Hoops Dreams

A look at 2017-18 NBA Hoops. I picked myself up a post-birthday present the other day in the form of my first real basketball cards of the young season. I wasn't able to find anything in stores, but the price I found for a blaster online wasn't too outrageous. Show More Summary

Himyarite coin with ancient South Arabian script

Unicode has included letters for the ancient South Arabian script used in Himyarite coins for a long time but I have never seen them used except in sites about Unicode itself. Here is a coin from mint ???????????????? (=RYDN, Raidan/Raydan, at Zafar in Yemen). Show More Summary

2017 Bowman Mega Box Shohei Ohtani

It wasn't recently, but when I finally saw them for the first time, I bought the six Bowman Mega Boxes I found at Target - I went through four boxes and pulled Ohtani's first English card, even though it's sort of a 'phantom' issue since the 23-year old never played for Japan in the World Baseball Classic. Show More Summary

The Cubs Box

I need to purge. At some point in 2016, when it became completely clear that the inevitable was going to happen and the Chicago Cubs were actually going to win the World Series, I decided I needed to rid myself of every trace of the team. Show More Summary

TTM autograph received: Steve Balboni

Balboni signed and returned my card in about three months or so - his big league career was winding down the time I started watching baseball, but I'm vaguely familiar with the lumbering, all-or-nothing slugger through his random junk wax era baseball cards. Show More Summary

All Over the Place

Some idle thoughts about some random cards. I'm all over the place tonight. Sometimes, that is the best frame of mind to be in when writing about cards. We'll see how that goes. Here are a few thoughts about a few cards sent to me by Night Owl Cards. Show More Summary

2017 Pro Debut 'Ben's Biz' insert finds

I'm not really sure where these three might fit into my collections but during a card shop trip, I snapped them up - just to add some quirkiness to whatever stash I'd built up. Through the eyes of a baseball writer who travels around...Show More Summary

2017 Allen & Ginter Want List is Finally Up

Another plea for cards. The want list is finally up, and you can check it out here. It's lengthy. Does anyone have an extra Aaron Judge to trade me? I have his 2017 rookie cards from Bowman, Heritage and Archives that I would be up for swapping one of for his Allen & Ginter equivalent. I have a funny feeling I'm never going to pull that one.

Good Luck Ducks, Week 9: That's Why They Play The Games

Oregon heads up north to face their top ranked conference rival. Last week, the Ducks were able to stop their losing skid in spite of playing without starting QB Justin Herbert for the fourth straight game. It put the young team just a win away from bowl eligibility and undoubtedly restored some confidence. Show More Summary

Blazers in Stickers

They're not real cards, but I put them in binders anyway. The new NBA season is upon us, whether we like this or not. I felt the need to seek out new cards from the new season, but was thwarted at every turn. Fortunately, the internet and stickers (a crazy combination!) were there for me. Show More Summary

Now THAT's a Relic Card!

Generally speaking, you can group me in with the collectors who are only mildly excited at best at the prospect of acquiring a new relic or game-used card. While they may have been interesting ten or twenty years ago, the whole concept...Show More Summary

$1 Michael Jordan baseball card finds x2

Jordan is the iconic professional athlete of my time and while his dalliance with professional baseball seemed to be a novelty - Upper Deck tried to ensure a little crossover appeal [not that he needed it] for the sporting icon, inserting an MJ batting practice card [SP1] into 1991 Upper Deck packs. Show More Summary

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