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Let's Talk About 2014 Topps Heritage High Numbers

We're a few months away, but I've started thinking about the 2014 Topps Heritage High Numbers set. Will it be an online-only factory set, or released in packs? Who will be included? Who will be overlooked? If we use the 2013 installment as a template, it's probable that each team will be represented, with somewhere between one and five cards apiece. Show More Summary

2014 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Gold Coin – Florence Harding

The Florence Harding First Spouse Gold Coin, the first in the series released in 2014, features her portrait on the obverse (heads). The reverse (tails) features multiple facets of Harding’s life, including stylized ballots and a ballot box, camera, torch and initials referencing World War I veterans. This coin is available today with proof and […]

After further review…

Since my post about the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, I had a few readers suggest that my interpretation of the meeting may not be accurate. Several mentioned that the discussion was a follow up of the April meeting where these issues were initially discussed. It was also pointed out [...]

Airbrushed Fridays: 2014 Topps #431

Why do baseball players wear those miniature jumpropes around their necks, anyway? Who is he? Brett Anderson is a former second round draft pick with the Diamondbacks who was involved in the massive Dan Haren/Carlos Gonzalez trade back in 2007. Show More Summary

1953 Topps Project - Preston Ward

Another day, another 1953 Topps card... Preston Ward is probably one of the more forgettable guys in the '53 Topps set. His career was relatively short, he was sort of a utility player, and he didn't swing much of a bat. Though he's depicted with the Cubbies here, he would be dealt to Pittsburgh before the conclusion of the 1953 season. Show More Summary

To the moon!

We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills; because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are [...]

Pack Rip - 2009 O-Pee-Chee Retail

A month or two ago I put in an order at Dave and Adam's Card World to re-stock my unopened wax shelf in my office/hobby room. One of the items I picked up was a blaster of 2009 O-Pee-Chee baseball: Yes, there is a $20 sticker on the front of this box, but no, I did not pay $20. Show More Summary

Billy Werber - Another Diamond Star

Here's the third Diamond Stars card I've been fortunate enough to land in recent months, #61 Billy Werber: Billy, or "Billie" as National Chicle referred to him as in 1935, actually began his career with the Yankees before being dealt to Boston during the 1933 season. Show More Summary


The trials and tribulations of ancient coin collectors today are nothing short of Kafkaesque. Almost 100 years ago, Franz Kafka wrote the short story below. We share it here because it will resonate so profoundly with many friends and associates in the numismatic world. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Chase Headley

Attending several San Diego Padres home games each year - it seemed like the newly acquired New York Yankees third baseman was always the first player to come out of the dugout and meander over to railing to sign for fans [before actually getting ready for the game]. Show More Summary

Joy of a Completed Set - Mars Attacks Heritage

Thanks to a trade with @ eyedinh I recently finished up this nasty little set. Death, horror, doom and despair. Just hike the current state of the hobby AMIRITE? To celebrate I scanned the set in plastic pages poorly and plopped 'em in Picasa to show off to the World. Show More Summary

High relief special eagle and missed opportunities

This afternoon, the Citizens Coin Advisory Committee approved a proposal by the U.S. Mint to produce an ultra-high relief or just a high relief gold coin whose design has not been determined. The coin will comply with all applicable design laws but the obverse will be a more modern interpretation of liberty and the reverse [...]

I Don't Know... Hee Seop Choi?

Welcome to efficiency. I guess this is what happens when I finally catch up with trade posts. While I was once so young and full of things to write about, I pretty much have leaned on trade posts as a crutch to fuel content for this blog for quite awhile. Show More Summary

High relief speculation

Last week, the U.S. Mint sent a notice on its press list to announce the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 3 PM. As usual, the meeting will be held at the U.S. Mint Headquarters located at 801 Ninth St. NW, in Washington, DC. What caused a buzz amongst the numismatic [...]

In Case You Didn't Get Your Fill of Jeter Last Week...

If you watched the MLB All-Star Game last week, you might have heard a word or two about this guy Derek Jeter. He plays shortstop for the Yankees, apparently. I guess he's retiring after this season or something. Oh, and Adam Wainwright...Show More Summary

2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set

The 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Uncirculated Coin Set – a 10-coin set containing five uncirculated America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coins minted in Philadelphia and five minted in Denver. The 2014 set honors Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee; Shenandoah National Park in Virginia; Arches National Park in Utah; Great Sand […]

Signature Sundays - Another Trio from Contenders

Panini sneakily included a bunch of hand-signed Classics Signatures cards into their 2013-14 Contenders release, so now I'm chasing these autographs all over again just as I was about to wrap the series up. Here are three more knocked off the list... Show More Summary

Flipping Dupes for Flair, and a Magnificent Matsuzaka

As Zistle has grown in popularity, having my collection (and more importantly my want and trade lists) on the site has really paid dividends. I would say at least once a month now I'm contacted by someone looking to give me some cards I want in exchange for some I don't. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 1976 Topps Traded #74T

It's time for one of the most famous airbrushed cards of all as we get ready for the second half of the 2014 season. Who is he? Reduced to a goofy image these days, Oscar Gamble was at first a ballplayer and an outfielder who logged an impressive 17 seasons in the majors, including multiple stints with Chicago teams and the Yankees. Show More Summary

2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin | Arches National Park Inbox x

The United States Mint is proud to offer the 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Arches National Park in Utah. Three inches in diameter and made of.999 fine silver, the reverse (tails) depicts Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural arch, with La Sal Mountains in the background. It is a […]

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