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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 […]

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

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