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I believe in Albert Pujols

He's the one who needs to carry the 2014 American League West champion Angels team in the postseason - because he's been the one through the fire, he's the one with the rings and he's the one who the Angels paid dearly for several years ago to get this team into position to do some things past the regular season.

Signature Sundays - Jari Kurri and Mark Howe!

I've really been slacking with my weekly Signature Sundays posts, where I feature a card (or a few) from my growing autograph collection. This week I'm bringing it back (by request believe it or not!), and of course I'm making the return in the form of the 2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures set. Show More Summary

2014 Topps Heritage Minors eight pack recap

I tried to pick up a 'handful' of packs without seeming like I broke the bank - I have a hand collated set coming in, but loose packs allow me a chance to pull some inserts, pull extra cards of players and maybe a pesky short print I...Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 4: Cougars Gonna Coug

Oregon faces their first conference test against a team leading the nation in passing yards. Coming off another perfect non-conference run, Oregon makes a run up to the Palouse tonight for the first time since 2010. Last week's win over Wyoming was pretty comfortable, if not quite the rout that the gambling folks were predicting. Show More Summary

Miscellaneous adds to my collection

I went to my LCS to see if I could get some packs of 2014 Topps Heritage Minors - as usual, I started rummaging through the quarter boxes to see if I could take some cards home. The Koji Uehara refractor caught my eye and while it may...Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2013 Topps #490

It's crunch time in the MLB. Whose cuisine reigns supreme? Who is he? Cody Ross is a journeyman outfielder who has played for 7 teams in 11 big league seasons. While never an All-Star, his huge performance in the 2010 playoffs netted him an NLCS MVP award to go with a World Series ring. Show More Summary

Chipz 'n Dip

They're colorful and fun, but as a collector I don't know what to do with them. I haven't done a pack break in awhile, and I have a bunch of stuff cluttering up my desk. Let's see what we can do here. I really like these Chipz. I like buying a pack and opening them and having something substantial fall out. Show More Summary

Quick Rip - Two More 2009 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Packs

Time for a couple more packs of 2009 O-Pee-Chee from the discount blaster I picked up in May. Normally I detest Carlos Lee cards. He seems to be that guy I always pull on the rare time I pick up packs of mid-tier or high end product....Show More Summary

Cardboard Classics - Cheering for Cal Clutterbuck

I've picked up a decent number of 2012-13 Upper Deck hockey cards recently via repacks and grab bags from my LCS, and I have to say that of the cards I've seen thus far Cal Clutterbuck's might be my favorite photo: This tightly-cropped shot, which features Cal celebrating with a couple of his Wild teammates, is just awesome. Show More Summary

Overwhelmed at the card shop

I just started digging through quarter boxes from past years and I couldn't stop picking out cards - even when I had to cut down the number of cards I wanted to pick up, there were a few others that replaced the ones I'd put away. Awesome...Show More Summary

A Giant Stack of Sox from Marc B

Recently my friend Marc B sent me an amazing and very large surprise trade package, which I'm still sorting my way through. I've already posted about how he brought me within just two cards of finally knocking off the 1982 Topps baseball set. Show More Summary

Sold!

Picked one of these up at Target earlier this week. This is definitely right up my alley. I don't buy much modern wax because I sometimes feel buyer's remorse after paying $3 for a pack of 8-10 cards (sometimes less) that don't end up being very interesting to me. Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 3: Good Morning Football

Oregon faces their final nonconference test in the earliest home start time I can ever remember. There was a moment during last week's battle between top 7 teams where it felt like the game was getting away from the Ducks. Michigan St. Show More Summary

As gold falls so will U.S. Mint prices

If you have not seen what has been going on in the gold market, the prices have been falling. The financial press has not provided a single reason as to why the gold market is going down but there is a consistent view that the United States economy showing strength with unemployment dropping and low [...]

MKZ PWE

A couple weeks back I was the recipient of a very nice PWE from my good buddy Mark Kaz, who writes over at This Way to the Clubhouse. Mark and I only started trading fairly recently in the grand scheme of things, but he's quickly become probably my most frequent trading partner. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 1984 Topps Traded #29T

Adventures in airbrushery. Who is he? Ken Dayley was a lefty reliever whose 11 year career spanned most of the '80s, which afforded him some time to wear the powder blue uniforms that were fashionable at the time. Dayley pitched at a...Show More Summary

Red Sox Collection - Does This Count?

Here's another card from the cheap minor league/prospects lot I picked up on eBay recently, which worked out to under a buck a card... This Justin Haley manu-patch card hails from the 2014 Topps Pro Debut set, even though Justin has yet to make his pro debut. Show More Summary

Junk Wax Battle: 1988 Donruss

We like to break new ground here at The Baseball Card Blog. From the exhaustive Best Set of the 1980s Countdown, to publishing reader-submitted card designs, to an all-cardboard rendition of Casey at the Bat—not to mention showcasing...Show More Summary

Always Remember

Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to the Fallen Heroes of September 11, 2001 WASHINGTON – Three Congressional Gold Medals were awarded today in honor of the men and women who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The ceremony took place in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. [...]

2014 Topps Chrome blaster recap

My lousy $3 off Topps coupon was my excuse to pick up a blaster, even though I believe the following: 1.) Retail is feast or famine for something like Topps Chrome - there are only 32 cards in a blaster and while I may pull some cheap refractors and/or inserts, I'm probably not going to find anything that makes me think I spent $20 wisely. Show More Summary

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