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One Card Post - Action Packed Dirt Dog

One of my goals for this year (though I don't typically state them formally) is to post here more frequently. I don't think I will ever be a "post-per-day" blogger, just way too much going on with work and other personal things to likely ever post at that frequency. Show More Summary

Collecting Whalers - Tipped Off By My Dad

Recently I was tipped off regarding an awesome deal on a "pick any 10" lot of 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee cards that was listed on eBay. The person who tipped me off to the auction? My Dad! The coolest part is that the reason he sent me the link is that he noticed that quite a few of the cards in the lot were on my Whalers want list here on the blog. Show More Summary

New Year, New Congress, and a new Director for the BEP

As congress convenes for its 114th session there are questions as to what the new Republican majority would do with their power. For numismatists waiting for congress to authorize the U.S. Mint to do anything, there may not be many changes from the last congress. Since financial bills are constitutionally required to start in the [...]

An Original Fake

Nothing fake about this package, however. I'm all caught up with sending packages out, so it's time to show off some of the stuff I've actually received lately. I do have more things to mail out, but they will be more of the "I feel like sending you cards so I no longer have these cards" variety instead of something I organized. Show More Summary

Hall of Fame - Craig Biggio

(wrote this stuff last year when I still cared about the Hall of Fame. I did posts for Maddux, Glavine and Thomas featuring three favorite cards for each from my collection and Craig was supposed to be in that group but oh well. I knew...Show More Summary

Cardboard Classics - Mark Fitzpatrick

This one sort of fits nicely with the Patrick Marleau Canvas card from the other day. Another great photograph here, I guess I'm a sucker for hockey cards featuring unique rink entrances. Maybe I should make a collection out of it, as Brad suggested in the comments the other day. Show More Summary

New Year, Same Old Pack

Get your Sweet Spot here. I'm still working on getting the last of the group break packages out the door. By my count, I have 4 left to ship. I'm hoping to have these in the mail by tomorrow... or Wednesday at the latest. In the meantime, I thought I'd distract myself with another pack of 2005 Sweet Spot. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Josh Rutledge

After being acquired from the Colorado Rockies, I assume Rutledge will be part of a mix of guys [among them Grant Green, Johnny Giovatella, Taylor Featherston and perhaps Cuban import Roberto Baldoquin] - who will get an opportunity in the spring to work at second base for the Angels. Show More Summary

This PWE Sponsored By Mark Kaz

I have a couple of great trade packages that I need to clear off my card desk here. One of them, from Mark Hoyle, is taking me weeks to scan due to the sheer number of cards. In the meantime here's the smaller (but no less appreciated) PWE format. Show More Summary

R.I.P. Stuart Scott 1965-2015

He wasn't an athlete on the field, but he made as big of an impact as some of the ballplayers who have entertained me in pro sports - there were others of course, but Scott always kept me tuned in to SportsCenter, because it seemed he was having the most fun, sharing his love of sports with audience. Show More Summary

My wallet card - 1993 Upper Deck Joe Boever #310

I was browsing through other card blogs and spotted this on the Baseball Card Breakdown, which inspired me to stick a baseball card in my wallet through 2015 - I was vaguely thinking about doing something like this after reading accounts of sportscaster Bob Costas carrying around a Mickey Mantle card because Mantle was Costas' boyhood hero. Show More Summary

The "Go-To" Guy to Sell Stamp Collections On-line

Joe Cortese, 62, owner of eBay company NobleSpirit, is featured in an article by reporter Nick Reid in the Concord, NH, Monitor.Cortese (shown here in his office)is eBay’s "go-to guy"for anyone who is looking to sell a stamp collection. Show More Summary

Mobile Friendly Wantlist - 1993-2005 Topps

Too bad there's not a single card shop in the country that has commons of these sets for sale because worthless.Oh will if I ever find a weirdo shop I'LL BE READY1993409 410 413 445 475 497 658 742 199418 19 32 36 46 52 65 80 81 100Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Jim Piersall

Quick one today, featuring an autograph I finally got around to adding to my Red Sox collection late last year, Jim Piersall: It's really inexcusable that it took me this long to pick up a Piersall autograph, given how reasonably priced they seem to be nowadays ($6 and change for this card). Show More Summary

Cardboard Classics - From the Mouth of the Shark

I've always sort of liked the San Jose Sharks, since they joined the league at a time when I was a huge fan of the game as a kid. Plus, it's been fun watching the Bruins' trading of Joe Thornton re-affirmed year after year when they flame out of the playoffs in the early rounds. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 1991 Topps #486

The first Airbrushed Friday of the new year brings us to a set we've never seen here before. Who is he? Tommy Greene was a promising young pitcher whose career was cut short very early due in large part to recurring shoulder problems. Show More Summary

Pack Rip - 2013-14 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

Why not start the new year off on the blog with a pack rip? Picked up one of these 2013-14 Upper Deck Series 1 tins on the cheap a while ago. As per usual, the majority of the packs will sit unopened on my shelf for weeks if not months, but I did decide to crack open the first pack. Show More Summary

2014 trading card collecting goals recap

With another year in the books - I wanted to see if I was able to own some of these goals or objectives I've set at the beginning of 2014. I've gone through various incarnations as a baseball card collector and I feel like I'm getting...Show More Summary

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