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Good Luck Ducks, Week 1: Reset

What happened to summer? We are footballing again now? I've had about 7 months to get it out of my system, but it still lingers. There's not really any escaping the bitter feeling you get when your team gets bit in the championship game for the second time in recent memory. Show More Summary

High Fivin'

After a long work week I was pleased to find the latest PWE from my buddy Mark Kaz awaiting me in the mailbox! More new cards for my Red Sox collection from my most frequent trading partner, let's dive in... The absolute gem of the package was this David Ortiz photo variation from 2012 Topps Update. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Gregory Polanco

I picked up a 2013 Bowman Inception certified autograph of the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder because he might be a future star - Polanco was slow to put things together in the first half of the season, hitting only.237 with a lowly on-base percentage [.315] and an equally subpar slugging percentage [.338]. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 1972 Topps #529

No logo, no identity. Who is he? Dave Nelson was an infielder who spent most of his career with the Rangers franchise, earning an All-Star appearance in 1973 and a playoff appearance as a Royals reserve in 1976. Currently, Nelson serves as a color analyst for Brewers regional TV broadcasts on Fox Sports Wisconsin. Show More Summary

Cards from Another Angels Enthusiast

Featuring one of the early Cuban defectors. Tom from The Angels, In Order contacted me awhile back about a 1993 Toys 'R Us set that he was busting up. My memory can be fuzzy, but I'm at least 80% certain that's what kicked off this latest deal. Show More Summary

Switching cards around in my frankenset

If I already had a card for a particular number in my Angels frankenset, I wasn't going to seek out a new card that I'd have to pick up, but there are random exceptions - I added a 2015 Topps Stadium Club Huston Street [card #4] forShow More Summary

Quarter Box Quartet - Roenick/Biggio/Esposito/Johnson

Huge work project today and tonight, no time for cards, so you get a scheduled post featuring four quarter box cards instead. I will be back with some real content this weekend. In the meantime, here's a dollar I'll never get back......Show More Summary

Buying Back Buybacks

A few posts ago I talked about how I'm a total sucker for the buyback cards Topps has been inserting into some products the past couple of years. In that post, it was Allen & Ginter buybacks, but I like the vintage Topps flagship buybacks much more. Show More Summary

September Trade Bait

Are there any Mariners fans out there? Anyone? Sunday was a fruitful day in the retail pack busting department. I snagged another Allen & Ginter blaster and one of those Topps Chrome rack packs that all the kids have been chattering about. Show More Summary

A trio of Albert Pujols cards

I picked up a 2015 Topps Stadium Club [card #170] and a 2014 Donruss Diamond Kings subset [card #205] for my Angels frankenset - the 2014 Panini Donruss The Elite Series insert was a random pick up. Pujols had his season resurgence in...Show More Summary

The $10,000 Question

Here's what I've been thinking about these last few weeks...A reader sent me an e-mail last week looking for advice. He wanted to spend about $10,000 but only purchase four or five cards. Here were the other parameters: At least one of them should be a T206, all should be from earlier than 1970, and all should have solid PSA grades. Show More Summary

Dom > Kris

In the lone hobby box of 2015 Topps Stadium Club that I busted earlier this summer, I was fortunate enough to pull this Kris Bryant Black Foil parallel: These fall at two-per-hobby-box, and are nearly indistinguishable from their base set counterparts, save for slightly darker foil used along the bottom of the card. Show More Summary

Redirected Cards

Seeing red, just not the right red. Sometimes the wrong team slips in. I've run into this quite a few times over the years, with the odd Cincinnati card or stray National mixed in with my usually allotment of Cardinals. Sometimes, whole chunks of mysterious cards end up in your hands. Show More Summary

1967 Topps Minnie Rojas #104

I picked this card up to add a vintage element to my Angels frankenset - Rojas pitched for the Angels for three seasons before arm problems cut short his career. Rojas was apparently part Angels lore as he was paralyzed in a car accident,...Show More Summary

El Guapo & Friends

The latest batch of 9 Red Sox from my friend Mark Kaz arrived last week, let's take a look! The highlight of the delivery for me was this Upper Deck MVP Rich Garces. I think most Red Sox fans figured this guy was a scrap heap pick-up...Show More Summary

1953 Topps Project - Jim Hegan

After spending the day out kayaking in the sun, I'm exhausted. How about a quick 1953 Topps Project post as a night-cap? Jim Hegan was born in Massachusetts, and was signed by the Cleveland Indians coming out of high school in 1938. Jim worked his way through the farm system and eventually made his big league debut with Cleveland in 1941. Show More Summary

Featured autographs - Miguel Sano

Maybe serious collectors / speculators are not really interested in Sano's handful of certified autograph released in various prospect sets over the last several years - besides his true first year Bowman Chrome autograph back in 2010,...Show More Summary

2008 Upper Deck Timeline Nick Adenhart #321

I busted a couple of 2008 Upper Deck Timeline some time ago and it didn't look like I had the Adenhart among the partial set of cards I'd put together - so for my Angels frankenset, I picked up this card picturing the one-time Angel who was among three people killed by a drunk driver in 2009. Show More Summary

Taking Advantage of Combined Shipping

Quick post tonight. Just 10 cards, but some great photos nonetheless. I had picked up a pair of cards from a seller on Sportlots who charged the same flat rate to ship up to 10 cards. Of course I did what any good collector would do and found 8 cards at the bare minimum price of 18 cents each to round out the order.Let's see those 8 first... Show More Summary

1884 CC Morgan Dollar // PCGS MS65

Type: Morgan Silver Dollar Year: 1884 Mint Mark: CC Face Value: 1.00 USD Total Produced: 1,136,000 Silver Content: 90% Silver Weight: 0.7735 oz. This is a beautiful example of the 1884 Carson City silver dollar.  Graded MS65 by PCGS, you will love this coin’s blast white surface with incredible cart-wheel.  The luster is just incredible, […]

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