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Heritage Takes an Encore

"Bringing Back The 1968 Topps Design... Again" Whether we like it or not, Topps has decided to extend the Topps Heritage set the past few years to more than 700 cards. For someone who is so fed up with the flagship set that I may asShow More Summary

Signature Sundays - Mahrez Barely Tries

Mixing it up this week with a soccer auto. I know, I know, it's a good way to alienate a significant portion of my readers but what can I say? I really enjoy Premier League soccer. When Topps produced a Stadium Club set featuring players from the league last year I was pumped. Show More Summary

Black Sea Hoard dies

The American Numismatic Society hosted a seminar on Counterfeits: the Threat to Collecting and Scholarship with presentations by David Hendin, Robert Hoge, and Ute Wartenberg. For me the most exciting part was inspecting dies from the...Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 3: Elevation

The 2017 Ducks hit the road for the first time. For about six quarters of football, it looked like the Oregon Ducks were going to breeze through this season like the last couple of years never happened. After scoring an Autzen Stadium record 77 points in game one, Nebraska rolled in to town and the Ducks put up 42 more by halftime. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Celebrating 800 with The Bird!

My last buyback post took me to an even 800 buybacks in my collection that have been inventoried and processed for the franken-set project thus far. Since that feels like a significant milestone, I decided that in my next post I'd celebrate with a significant buyback. Show More Summary

One Card Post - TEKnicians

What: 2014 Topps Hi Tek TEKnicians Diffractor #99T-XB (#'d /50) Where: COMC How Much?: $6.20Why?: Bogaerts has had a bit of a down year, but remains my favorite current Red Sox player. Besides, there's still plenty of time to get hot...Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: 800 Total Buybacks!

Today's batch of ten buybacks is significant for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, they arrived in trade from one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Dimebox Nick. Secondly, today's round of ten takes the total number of buybacks in my collection to 800 even! Let's dig in... Show More Summary

A Brick of Wants

Part one of a huge lot of stuff from Community Gum. It's not often that I'm overwhelmed by stuff, but there's a whole lot of stuff... literal, physical stuff... hanging out on my desk. Jon of Community Gum was a major contributor to that this summer, sending a ton of set needs my way. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Someone Sign Jagr!

What: 1994-95 Pinnacle Artist's Proof #98 - Jaromir Jagr Where: Sportlots.comHow Much?: $3.50 (plus 90 cents shipping)Why?: Jaromir Jagr is the last remnant from my days as a young fan of the NHL in the early '90s. While I don't know that I'd classify myself as a player collector, I do search out his cards in particular from time to time. Show More Summary

I've Got Pages, Acid Free Pages

Trying to get rid of stuff. I'm going to try this again, because I think I lost track of what I was doing last time I tried this. Awhile back, I accidentally bought a box of Ultra Pro (not pictured) mini 9-pocket pages. These are the newish kind that only fit the minis inspired by the 1975 Topps Mini set. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Dale Hawerchuk

Hockey season is right around the corner, so it seems like the perfect time to get my Signature Sundays series rolling again with a nice hockey autograph that I picked up this summer. Tonight I present the great Dale Hawerchuk: If you've...Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 2: Let's Jump to Conclusions

Mike Riley returns to Eugene as we try to learn more about this year's Ducks model. I think the swagger is back. This is something that has been missing since the Mariota days, where the Ducks were simply faster and better and untouchable than their opponent. Show More Summary

When Cards Were for Kids

Today's post was inspired by Fuji of The Chronicles of Fuji. A few days back he posted that he'd picked up a wax box of 1992 Topps Kids for what amounted to around $10 delivered as a sort of birthday present to himself.Well, I've adored this set since the first packs I opened as a 9-year-old when the product came out. Show More Summary

Some COMC Acquisitions

A celebration of online commerce. I've been doing a rather poor job of documenting my online purchases here, especially when it comes to single card purchases. I've never really been excited about buying "singles", preferring to leave things up to chance and open packs (after packs after packs.) It's a really dumb way to collect. Show More Summary

Fan Favorites & Buybacks

Tonight's post is just the latest example of the kindness and generosity that you seem to encounter at every turn in this hobby. A few weeks back I got an email out of the blue from a man named Andrew Shafer. Andrew mentioned that he enjoyed this blog, as well as a few others, and wanted to send a few cards my way. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Labor Day Edition

I'm fortunate enough to be among the many who are celebrating a nice Monday off today in honor of Labor Day. Having my morning free, I figured it was a good opportunity to pluck ten singles from a large buyback lot from eBay that I've been slowly plodding my way through... Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 1: Do Something

Off we go, with a new coach in tow. It sounds absolutely crazy to me, but this is the tenth year that I've been blogging (tangentially) about sports cards here. This also means 10 years of Good Luck Ducks posts. This is the beginning...Show More Summary

Tall Hall

This blog seems to naturally drift towards baseball cards during the summer months, which I guess isn't that surprising. As I mentioned the other day though, I have picked up a few very nice hockey cards over the past few months that deserve to see the light of day here on the blog. Show More Summary

Where the Redbirds Roam

So many Cardinals cards, so little computer time. I've been sitting on this for far too long for reasons I can't really determine. A huge, huge package of cards came my way this past June from super Giants fan ARPSmith, and I've only managed now to scan some of the cards and write about it. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Childhood Favorites

I don't typically pick up single buybacks on eBay, as shipping costs are prohibitive, but recently I found a seller offering flat $3 shipping regardless of how many cards you won. I took the opportunity to pick up some childhood favorites in buyback format. Show More Summary

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