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Buyback Franken-set: Another Shane Contributes!

Yesterday I received a whopper of a trade package from Shane at Off the Wall. So large, in fact, that it's probably going to take me a few days to get everything scanned and sorted out. While I work away at that though, there was one...Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: I Love the '70s

I've had an appreciation for buybacks for some time now, but the thing that really got me kick-started on the buyback franken-set this year was a large lot of (97) buybacks that I won on eBay a while back. It took me a couple of months to get through processing and posting those ten at a time here on the blog. Show More Summary

TTM response received: Andrew Benintendi

I sent an autograph request to the top prospect c/o the Portland Sea Dogs in May - unfortunately the two cards I sent were not returned in my SASE and was replaced by a preprinted card. I've heard Benintendi was been a difficult in-person...Show More Summary

Gavin Sent Me Cash!

Got a great package in the mail this past week from Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown that included some cash! Before we get to that though, let's see some of the other content, starting with 13 needed cards from 2015 Topps Stadium Club. Show More Summary

Hoops Time!

A new basketball season is upon us. We've got a fantasy draft coming up this evening, so I thought I'd show off some cards I found in a blaster box yesterday. This 2016-17 Panini NBA Hoops box is the first new basketball purchase in quite some time, and I think they might be the only cards from the new season on the market so far. Show More Summary

Quick Hobby Shop Stop - Part 2

And now, the thrilling conclusion to yesterday's after-work stop at my local hobby shop, Central Sports Cards in Pawtucket, RI... First up, some more quarter box loot. Nolan Ryan, Will Clark and Cal Ripken were the three players I collected most as a kid, so I'm still drawn to their cardboard to this day. Show More Summary

Quick Hobby Shop Stop - Part 1

Had a few minutes free after work today, and managed to stop by my local shop for the second time this month, after going probably 6 months or more without a visit prior to that. Spent $19 on quarter and dollar cards, many of which are ear-marked for trade packages. Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 8: Freaky Friday

Oregon faces Cal on a Friday night. After nearly two weeks to think about what they've done, the Ducks will attempt to pick up the pieces tonight in Berkeley as they take on the California Golden Bears. The snowball effect reared its...Show More Summary

The Death of Zistle? (or the Perils of Contributing to a Website You Don't Own)

For me, there is a single website that has, more so than any other, defined the way that I collect cards over the last number of years; Zistle.It all started for me back in 2009 when I posted here on this very blog about a rinky-dink Access database I was working on to track my collection digitally. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: League Leaders

I'm still reeling over the seemingly impending doom of Zistle at the hands of the evil overlords at Beckett. In fact, I typed up a giant rant on the topic last night but I'm trying to stay positive so that one will be staying in my drafts folder for now. Show More Summary

Anatomy of a Baseball Card: Jose Cruz 1982 Fleer

Blurry and off-center. I complain about photos used on new baseball cards as much as I complain about the designs themselves. I should probably complain more. There's something really sterile and soulless in the photo selection process these days. Show More Summary

A Highly Objective Contest

A couple of weeks back Brian over at Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary hosted a nice, simple post-season baseball contest. All you had to do was leave a comment indicating how many home runs would be hit in that evening's Blue...Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Ten from COMC!

Let's keep the buyback franken-set moving with another round of ten that arrived in my most recent COMC order... 1975 Topps #333 - Dick Drago The bulk of what's been entered into the buyback franken-set so far came from a large lot I won on eBay. Show More Summary

Archaeologists Question Media Sensationalism

Ancient coin collectors in the United States had good reason to smile this past weekend. Archaeologist Paul Barford in his blog Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues joined a growing list of critics who believe that U.S. government officials are being swayed by false information. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Discount Leetch

With the 2016-17 NHL season in full swing, I have a hockey autograph to feature in this week's Signature Sundays post... This on-card beauty is one of those retro '94-95 die-cut autographs from the 2014-15 Upper Deck SP Authentic hockey set. Show More Summary

A Surprise PWE from Dimebox Nick

I received two nice surprise PWEs in the mail this past week. I'll cover the first one today, from everyone's favorite dime box bargain hunter, Nick! Both of the PWEs I received contained some Topps Bunt cards, with Nick providing me with a Roger Clemens. Show More Summary

Blazers & Ginters

Both kinds. Reader KO Rob found the blog and recently signed up for the Guilt-Free Basketball Card Club (still accepting all comers!) While I'm still in the process of squirreling away some goodies for Rob, I thought I'd take a look at some stuff he sent my way. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Haddix vs. Stoneman

Today we've got a quick face-off between two buyback franken-set hopefuls. First, the challenger! 1965 Topps #67 - Harvey Haddix Fresh from my latest COMC shipment, a nice Heritage buyback of hurler Harvey Haddix (how's that for alliteration?). Show More Summary

2016 Topps Heritage Minors pack breaks

I impulsively grabbed a couple of packs [$2.50 each] to bust in-between the loose cards and packs of penny sleeves I picked up at a card shop - I was hoping to pull a '67 Mint coin relic, though I'd be lucky to find a hit out of two random packs from an opened box of a low-end product. Show More Summary

September's Loot

Another funderful box from @thelootlocker - Yep, Cubs again. It'd been a couple of months since my last Loot Locker purchase, so I figure I'd show off all of the goods this time. In addition to the usual cache of supplies (and candy/gum!),...Show More Summary

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