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Good Luck Ducks, Week 2: Step 2

The Ducks face their second test of the season with a moderate jump in skill level. It was great to be back in Eugene last weekend for me personally. I got to visit the triumverate of Eugene breweries, eat at some of my favorite Eugene restaurants and do the great walk from campus to Autzen. Show More Summary

Old Friends and New Friends

This past Wednesday I had what was a new experience for me; meeting a couple of other collectors out for dinner, beer, and baseball card talk. The infamous Mark Hoyle, Matt from Bob Walk the Plank and I sat around for a good three hours just talking shop at a brewery/restaurant in Providence. Show More Summary

What is This Nonsense?

You can't, like, own a digital card, man. Imagine baseball cards. They're little rectangular pictures of baseball players with words on them. They're numbered and there's a whole lot of them. Fans of the sport and fans of collecting things like to collect them. Show More Summary

Supersized Supertrade!

The want lists take a beating again thanks to @sanjosefuji and some huge goods from two sports. After complaining for years about having no A's fans to trade with, I unloaded a pallet full of Oakland-based cards on a couple of people this summer, with Supertrader Fuji taking a healthy share. Show More Summary

Birds of Young and Old

The want list takes another hit. It's still early in the week for me after a long weekend and the always bittersweet return of football to the scene, but here's a few cards of Cardinals of past and present that I was mailed recently by the Cards Stacks Blog. Show More Summary

2016 Bowman Platinum blaster box

This Walmart exclusive product seem to be flooding into various Walmart locations now and I grabbed a blaster and two 12-card packs - while I consider these cards a secondary, 'lesser' product, the foil board cards are a change of pace from the regular Bowman / Bowman Chrome products, which gets repetitive and boring. Show More Summary

Boston Braves MVP

Just a quick one tonight, featuring the latest 1949 Bowman to join my collection, third baseman Bob Elliott of the Boston Braves. I picked this one up simply due to my love of the early Bowman baseball releases, and because it's always nice to add some Braves to my Boston sports collection. Show More Summary

Angels Topps stamped buyback cards

These dingy old Topps cards add wrinkles to my Opening Day collection - the Topps buyback stamps make the cards a curiosity of sorts [even if the cards are literally fillers] and depending on a specific card or player, I might seek them out on impulse. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - From the National!

Haven't done a Signature Sundays post for some time, but a beautiful holiday weekend here in New England seems like as good a time as any to revive the series. Especially since I have some autographs from this year's National to show off! No, I did not make it down to the show. Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 1: Recovery

The Oregon Ducks begin their football season anew with another new senior transfer at quarterback. Let's just get this out of the way right now: last season was brutal. After the first game, I was fully prepared for the Ducks to return...Show More Summary

Random Loot

Except for a couple of trade packages, my scans folder is nearly empty for a change, so this morning I've got a hodgepodge of assorted cardboard to get me that much closer. Let's start off with a few cards from my last trip to the hobby shop, which sadly was many months ago now. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Ryan Jackson

The journeyman infielder had played a little bit with the Angels AAA team the past couple of years and appeared in 22 games with the big league team in 2015 - primarily a second baseman, Jackson didn't do much as he was hitless in 9 at-bats with a walk and 5 strikeouts.

Buyback Franken-set: A Word Association Experiment

Let's imagine we're engaging in a baseball card collector word association experiment. The rules are simple; we state a word, and the subject of the experiment states the first player that comes to their mind. In this context, I think there are a lot of test words that would elicit a different response depending on who you asked. Show More Summary

Keeping the Cubs Fans at Bay

Fresh out of Cubs cards, thanks to @ TwitchWasHere (not that I mind.) I can complain about pulling Cubs all I want, but I will never run out of fiends clawing at my door, ready to get their sweet, sweet fix of the blue stuff. Sheesh....Show More Summary

2016 Topps Archives Mike Trout Super

Inspired by a stand alone Topps oddball set from 1969, this is a cutesy Topps insert from 2016 Archives - I like the minimalist design with the rounded corners and facsimile autograph, so I added on the cheap. Trout has to be 'the guy'...Show More Summary

Score Wantlist - 1988-1998

1988 Score 2 12 14 16 18 22 26 46 54 55 59 78 96 129 1 30 131 154 174 202 206 246 331 345 350 384 454 470 494 500 516 526 541 546 549 602 638 641 651 659 72 75 103 104 105 1989 Score 3 27 28 30 35 39 50 66 68 70 72 75 84 88 92 93 94Show More Summary

One Card Post - Black & White

What: 1953 Bowman Black & White #9 - Walt MastersonWhere: COMCHow Much?: $1.25Why?: My first '53 Bowman Black & White for a buck and a quarter? Don't mind if I do! Those interesting glasses are just a bonus, as are the Washington Senators pinstripes.

Loose card finds - Opening Day collection

To feel like I'm making progress with my Opening Day collection, I got 20 different common Angels cards from some quarter boxes - maybe the cards I picked up on a scavenger hunt of sorts were redundant, but it gave me some peace of mind to knock out these players' cards. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Nolan and the Gang Push Me Past 100

If you've been reading along in recent weeks then you know the drill at this point, let's take a look at another ten buybacks and see if they make the cut for my newly formed franken-set. I'm still getting through the large lot on IShow More Summary

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