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Mark Kaz is Awesome

Finally found some time this evening to scan in the great package of cards I received a week or two ago from my good buddy Mark Kaz of "This Way to the Clubhouse...". Mark has quickly shot up the ranks as one of my favorite and most frequent trade partners. Show More Summary

Chien-Ming Wang

I wouldn't have picked up the card of the former Yankees' pitcher but I like the replica New York Yankees game ticket [picturing Derek Jeter] built into the die-cut window - even though it is a 2003 Fleer Authentix card, it was part of the Rookie Updates insert from the 2003 Fleer Rookies & Greats set and is serial #'d 1044/1250. Show More Summary

1953 Topps Project - Bob Kennedy

Just a quick post tonight, creeping one card closer towards my lifelong collecting goal of completing the 1953 Topps baseball set... I don't have too much to say about Bob Kennedy. He began his MLB career at a very young age (playing as a regular at age 19). Show More Summary

Efren Navarro

Kind of a career AAAA player, the Angels first baseman has impressed in his brief time in the major leagues - it would make sense to trade him as a guy who has nothing left to prove and is ready to play at first base for another big league team. Show More Summary

2014 All-Star game - Derek Jeter and Mike Trout

I don't think the 40-year old embarrassed himself in his last All-Star game, collecting a couple of hits before being pulled after playing three innings - he could have been named the All-Star MVP, but much to the surprise of nobody, the star of the American League's 5-3 win was the Halos' Mike Trout. Show More Summary

A Boatload of Licensed Non-Topps Cards

And they're just Swell. P-Town Tom gets himself another mention here as he recently hosted one of the cheapest group breaks known to humankind. A mere four dollars got me a health stack of cards from various late '80s/early '90s Legends...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Kyle Schwarber

The No. 4 overall pick by the Chicago Cubs, Schwarber hit.408 through 28 games and 103 at-bats between two minor league affiliates in his pro debut - I got his autograph when this past college baseball season when he was playing for Indiana University, only knowing he was a player to get because I had his 2014 Panini Team USA card. Show More Summary

Allen & Ginter Insert Wantlist

Base sets are complete, I gotta collect something. 2006 Dick PerezCOMPLETE 2007 Dick PerezCOMPLETE 2008 StatesCOMPLETE 2009 National PrideCOMPLETE 2010 This Day in HistoryTDH6 TDH13 TDH14 TDH20 TDH21 TDH22 TDH28 TDH35 TDH38 TDH40 TDH43...Show More Summary

Daily Record: Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO's patience

The Daily Record, a news service for Maryland based business and legal professions, ran an interesting report about the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild forfeiture case in its July 13, 2014 issue. This test case is described in numerous news items at the guild website. Show More Summary

All-Star Eve Trade Post

Hopefully, no one will be pitching though a cloud of "cognac". Chunter of the Chipp 'n' Dale blog sent me a wonderful bunch of baseball and basketball cards that I'd like to show off as we get ready for tomorrow night's All-Star Game. Show More Summary

Trade post with S.Mack Talk

Jimmy over at S.Mack Talk wanted some of my Topps yellow / Topps Target red parallels from my 2014 Topps breaks and contacted me about a trade early in the year - I held onto the cards he needed until we could finally meet in-person to complete the transaction. Show More Summary

The Best Hitting Pitcher of All-Time?

One of the vintage team sets that I began working on earlier this year is the 1934-36 Diamond Stars set. There are a few different Red Sox cards to be found on the checklist, and what makes these even more unique as a Sox fan is that...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Yunesky Maya

I picked up a 2011 Topps Allen and Ginter in-person signed card of Maya and it was kind of a no brainer - it was another $2.50 auto from a group of autograph cards detailed in this previous post. I can go ahead and put my original set...Show More Summary

2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set | Arches National Park

The 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set – Arches National Park features one uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Philadelphia, one uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Denver, and one proof quarter from the United States Mint at San Francisco. This set, featuring coins held in a […]

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There was an interesting buzz around the numismatic world when it was announced that Professional Coin Grading Service was going to display the “End of the Trail” Morgan dollars registry, the lowest graded basic set of Morgan Dollars. The End of the Trail registry set is the finest set in the PCGS Registry of “Low [...]

2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Value Pack recap

I wanted to tease myself with a blaster box - however the shelves at my Target apparently were not stocked with any blasters so I settled for one $9.49 Value Pack.Three card mini bonus pack Adrian GonzalezMike Olt Carlos GomezPack one#296...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Foote, Tocchet & Juneau

Three more Panini Classics Signatures autographs that were issued as part of the 2013-14 Contenders release arrived in the mail this past week to join the Valeri Bure and Stu Barnes autos I posted last Sunday... Adam was a very steady defenseman who won multiple Cups with the Avalanche. Show More Summary

The World Needs a Retro Donruss Studio Set

Topps can conjure nostalgia for a wave of collectors just by opening a random file cabinet in its overstuffed HQ and producing a legacy design series like Archives or Heritage. And yet, the 13-year-old in me still thinks that nothing beats 1991's "sophisticated," "artistic," and high-cheese-quotient Studio. Show More Summary

2014 America the Beautiful Quarters® Rolls and Bags – Arches National Park

The third quarter to be issued in 2014 and the 23rd overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Rolls and Bags – Arches National Park pay tribute to the beauty of one of Utah’s red rock wonderlands. Its reverse (tails) depicts Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural arch. […]

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