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SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

The Vernal Equinox is the exact moment when the sun is directly over the equator. In the northern hemisphere, it is sometime called the Spring Equinox since it marks the beginning of the spring season. For the southern hemisphere, it is the first day of autumn. This means that summer fun is over in Australia, [...]

Trevor Gretzky

The Angels picked up The Great One's son in exchange for manager Mike Scioscia's son Matt - Gretzky's best attributes maybe his relative youth and his bloodlines. The 21-year old outfielder only had 7 extra base hits in 250 at-bats over...Show More Summary

Spent time at a card shop - found these

2014 Donruss Miguel Cabrera #9 - Diamond Kings subset / SP2014 Donruss Chris Carter #26 - Diamond Kings subset / SP2014 Donruss Kolten Wong #352014 Donruss James Paxton #392014 Donruss Yan Gomes #1422014 Donruss Shelby Miller #16 - Breakout...Show More Summary

Mo' Po-lice

These are real teachable moments. Reader Ray claimed a bunch of cards from my Cardinalpalooza extravaganza and was kind enough to send me another huge pile of regionally issued oddball cards. The police cards are back! I posted at length about (and lulled everyone to sleep) some of these team sets that I had acquired early last fall. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - John Cangelosi

I was able to sniff him out recently and he signed my three cards - for the type of player he was [a tiny, speedy, switch hitting fourth outfielder type with no pop], he actually had a pretty good professional baseball career and was part of the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins.

A Final 2013 Purchase

I just received a notice from my credit card issuer that a charge was made when my card was not present. I did not make a charge today and it was for an odd amount. After visiting the credit card company’s website, the name of the entity that charged me was “DIRECT RESPONSE” but located [...]

Score one for America

When two things as American as baseball and America combine forces to honor our armed forces, the result is something so glorious it exceeds the combined sum of their American parts. This is the American flag. But it is also a baseball card. Show More Summary

Contest: Time to Make Your Picks!

And there's still time to enter! Don't sleep on this year's March Radness contest. We're up to 28 participants, still short of last year, but it's an impressive number nonetheless. Will the Shockers go all the way? Will the Pac-12 manage to not embarrass itself? And what of the North Carolina teams... Show More Summary

With Friends Like Mark, Who Needs Heritage

Recently Mark from This Way to the Clubhouse reached out to me out of the blue. I've been enjoying his blog for at least a year or two now so I was happy to hear from him, and I was even happier to hear that he had some Red Sox cards looking for a good home. Show More Summary

Anyone need any Justin Christian or Collin Balester cards?

I was wondering why the bubble mailer I received in the mail was feeling a little bulky - turns out these cards were used as fillers [I assume to meet some sort of weight requirement] so a card I picked up on eBay could be sent to m...

Tons o' Fun

Another massive pile of cards from... I bet you can guess. Before I start, here's one more reminder that I'm holding my 6th annual March Radness contest. You have to join (evil) forces with ESPN to enter, but they've proven themselves to be less obnoxious than those fiends at Yahoo this year. Show More Summary

2014 Topps Heritage hobby pack recaps

I picked up eight random packs [five of the eight shown above] for $3.25 each at my LCS - not the most inspiring breaks, though I did pull a Mike Trout insert I can squirrel away. Pack one#141 Torii Hunter#76 Chris Capuano#160 Andrew...Show More Summary

Contest Reminder!

You can make your picks as soon as tonight when the brackets are finally set. Read all about this year's March Radness contest here.Sign up here!

Match Factory to Lease Space to Microdistillary

Bellefonte, PA's Centre Daily Times reports space has been leased to Big Spring Spirits at the Match Factory - home of the American Philatelic Society (APS).According to the article by Britney Milazzo, "...the microdistillery will make two kinds of whiskeys — a bourbon and a rye — a rum, vodka and gin. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Jim Abbott

With Spring Training underway and the snow in my front yard finally melting, let's return to baseball for this Sunday's autograph... Today's autograph subject, Jim Abbott, is an example of straying outside my normal collecting boundaries. Show More Summary

2014 Donruss box topper - Stephen Strasburg #18

I saw an unopened 5x7 one-card pack and picked it up for $2 to see if I could end up with something to get signed in-person or to see if I'd pulled a certified Signatures version - I ended up with an unsigned Strasburg, which probably...Show More Summary

Notes on 2014 Topps Heritage

I opened three boxes of Heritage yesterday, and here are my thoughts: • The card stock is so much better this year than last year. A major improvement. They feel like real baseball cards, not like promotional post cards you get in the mail (see Heritage, 2013). Show More Summary

ANA technology update and a shout out

If you are a member of the American Numismatic Association, you should have received your copy of the March edition of The Numismatist. Those of us with Basic membership, who access The Numismatist electronically via the website or the app, should have access to the March issue. Once you open your copy, you might want [...]

Oh, Happy Day!

After my last (rather adolescent) post, it's time to return with something a little more serious today. Really, really old cards have pretty much become my collecting obsession in recent months, and today I've got another nice one from the 1930s: Here's Clarence Day, affectionately known as "Happy", later shortened to "Hap". Show More Summary

2014 Warren G. Harding $1 Coin Cover

This limited-edition coin cover—only 20,000 will be produced—honors President Warren G. Harding, who served as our 29th President from 1921-1923. The United States Mint Official American Presidency $1 Coin Cover honoring Harding features two coins from the first day of production at each United States Mint facility in Philadelphia and Denver. This product is available […]

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