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Airbrushed Fridays: 2012 Topps Opening Day #43

The only thing missing from the Wild Card Game is a devilish game show host. Anyway, playoffs -- go! Who is he? Angel Pagan is an outfielder with a strangely self-contradictory name. After finally breaking in with the Cubs as a part timer, he became a fixture for the Mets (who originally drafted him) who relied on his speed. Show More Summary

Series Preview: NLDS (Cardinals vs. Dodgers)

The Cardinals/Dodgers series at a glance. For the third time in six years, the Cardinals face the Dodgers in the playoffs, this time in the divisional round. Both St. Louis and Los Angeles won their respective divisions, leaving each side out of the foolishness that is the Wild Card Game. Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 6: Thirsty Thursday

After a bye week, Oregon returns to the field hungry. And thirsty. After surviving a scare up in Eastern Washington, Oregon returns to action tonight in a weeknight late game against the Arizona Wildcats. The bye week couldn't have come...Show More Summary

Red Sox Collection - Rico Petrocelli Rookie!

Just a quick post today to show off a pretty significant vintage Red Sox pick-up that's been sitting around in my draft folder for what seems like forever now... A Jerry Stephenson rookie! Kidding...obviously Petrocelli is the name most Sox fans will recognize from this card. Show More Summary


Baseball is a funny game. Baseball cards are a funny thing. Its's amazing that you can watch a guy take some of the worst looking at-bats in the history of the game in one moment only to end up the hero after nearly five hours of game of game is played. Show More Summary

Heroes from Mitch R

Recently I was contacted by a reader named Mitch from the Michigan area. He had a card to send me that had been sitting on my want list for what feels like forever. Mitch turned out to be such a nice guy though, that he threw in this...Show More Summary

Fairfield Repack - A Definite Winner

A little while ago I posted the guaranteed hit and first couple of packs from this 20-pack Fairfield repack I grabbed at Target. Today I'm going to dive into three more packs from the box. First up is another pack of 2008 Upper Deck First Edition Update. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Brian Leetch!

This Sunday we've got a big name Hall-of-Famer and one of the premier defensemen of his day, Brian Leetch: Brian racked up quite a bit of hardware en route to the Hall, including the Calder Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, two Norris Trophies,...Show More Summary

Oakland A's fans and schadenfreude

Oakland A's fans are still up in arms over the Yoenis Cespedes trade cost their team the American League West title - perhaps making their aspirations at a playoff run a little dimmer. Reading bits and pieces on this Web site, I chuckle...Show More Summary

Random pick ups

2014 Topps Heritage short prints - I'm not really chasing down the short print set, but picked up ones I can get signed in-person sooner than later. #202 Miguel Almonte #204 Brandon Drury - off-centered / miscut #207 Patrick Kivlehan #211...Show More Summary

Discount Hobby Shop Haul

Here are a few more cards I got on the cheap last time I was at the hobby shop a few months back... I don't mind beat up vintage cards in the least. Sure, I'd like to replace this awesome '60 Topps Joe Gordon card with a nicer example someday, but for 25 cents I'll gladly accept this one as a placeholder until that day comes. Show More Summary

2014 Topps Heritage Minors four pack break

Pack one#9 Gary Sanchez#16 Kyle Crick#30 Kris Bryant#45 Nick Travieso#Topps-RTTS RO Roberto Osuna - Road to the Show insert#115 Gavin Cecchini#110 Oscar Taveras#166 Tim Cooney#175 Aaron JudgePack two#61 Tim Anderson#72 Carson Kelly#83...Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 1976 Topps Traded #385T

The final weekend of regular season baseball is upon us. Also, Derek Jeter did something. Who is he? Mickey Lolich is one of the Detroit Tigers all-time greats. He was a three-time All-Star pitcher and World Series MVP in 1968 as part of a hard-fought series with the Cardinals where he won 3 games. Show More Summary

2014 Topps Chrome two pack break

I planned to pick up supplies at my local card ship and ended up with a 3,200 count monster box [$3] and six 900 count boxes [$0.75 each] - I also mixed some loose 2014 Topps Chrome packs [$3 each] and also more 2014 Topps Heritage Minors packs [$3 each]. Show More Summary

Hockey Grab Bag!

The 2014-15 NHL season is just around the corner, and I can't wait. It's been primarily baseball on the blog for the past few months, but expect an increase in hockey content as the winter approaches. For today, I've got one of these...Show More Summary

Droppin' Dimes

As the Cardinals season stumbles and sputters to the finish line, let's take a look at some... cards. Nick runs one of the finest blogs around in Dime Boxes. When someone's interests are as varied and as broad as Nick's apparently are (is there anything he doesn't collect?), it's bound to make some compelling reading material. Show More Summary

Cardboard Classics - '59 Topps Slaughter!

Only enough time for a quick post today, so why not show off another fantastic piece of cardboard that arrived in the recent giant surprise package from my friend Marc B: What a beauty, this is 1959 Topps baseball at its best! One of my favorite baseball names on one of my favorite vintage baseball card designs. Show More Summary

2014 Topps Heritage Minors Manny Ramirez

Seeing this 42-year old 'non prospect' appear in this year's Topps Heritage Minors set makes me shake my head - I try to get cards from the minor league version of the Topps Heritage set signed in-person and this one is just not going to get ink on it anytime soon. Show More Summary

Competition is good

Most of the time I do not like repeating press releases or reporting on press releases. Press releases are written by or for the company issuing them. By design, they are written so that the announcement shows the company in a good light. I would rather use the product and report about it based on [...]

The Box That Rocks

I decided to reward myself after a hot afternoon of running errands. After having a bit of good luck with the 100 card repacks they often carry at the local Walgreens, I decided to check to see if they had anything on the shelves on Saturday. Show More Summary

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