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Bargain Blaster

Featuring the familiar One Exclusive Patch Card Inside! I had a $5 off coupon burning a hole in my pocket and finally put it to good use last weekend. Along with my first dip into 2014 Allen & Ginter territory, I also snagged a 2014 Topps Series 2 blaster at a more affordable price. Show More Summary

Losing Garrett Richards

I cringe as I imagine the lack of starting pitching options available to the Angels after losing Richards Wednesday night - while I'm hoping the beat goes on, it's going to be a wild ride watching the 2014 Angels try to win the American League West and/or get into the playoffs through the wild card without their ace. Show More Summary

K Foundation Burn A Million Quid

Early in the morning of 23 August 1994, in an abandoned boathouse on Scottish island of Jura, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty burned £1,000,000 pounds. It was the majority of the fortune they had earned in their brief career as pop stars (their band was The KLF). Show More Summary

Understanding Ginter

Trying to come to terms with the latest Topps release. For the second year in a row, I managed to completely ignore the release of the unfortunately named Topps Allen & Ginter's (hereafter referred to as Allen & Ginter, A&G or just Ginter) for several weeks until I just couldn't help myself. Show More Summary

250 card Fairfield baseball cube

By picking this up instead of two of those 100 card hanger repacks - I got 50 more loose cards along with two random [junk] packs as well as a plastic box I can reuse.The cube wasn't sealed by a clear plastic sticker / tape - like previous...Show More Summary

Ozzie #503 Comes to the 503

Another Listia win becomes one of my lower numbered Wizard cards. At this point, I'd probably make a better player collector than a team collector. It's much easier to rationalize a single card pickup here and there, but I've always had a hard time with buying singles because the thrill factor isn't really there for me. Show More Summary

'81 Gilbert Perreault and a World Series Champ

Quick post today, one baseball card, one hockey card, both plucked from discount boxes during my last trip to the hobby shop. On the hockey side, this 1981-82 O-Pee-Chee Gilbert Perreault. I primarily collected Topps hockey cards growing up, and Gilbert was not in the '81-82 Topps set, so this card is new to me. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Johnny Pesky!

I don't usually go five days between posts, but it was a very busy week. On top of that I got buried by two separate card packages that arrived, both sent to me by very generous folks who hit me up completely out of the blue. I'm talking hundreds of cards, too. Show More Summary

2014 Bowman Platinum Value Pack recap

I picked up another pack of this to supplement another repack purchase at a Target - another repack bust will be posted, but I was also looking to mix something 'new' to what presumably will be an act of leafing through an assortment of older, discarded cardboard. Show More Summary

Do the coins of Antiochos IV depict the Medusa Rondanini?

The Seleukid emperor Antiochos IV, who ruled from 175 BC until his death in 164 BC, gave the Athenians a golden aegis with the Gorgon upon it. Presumably Pausanias, who lived in the 2nd century AD, actually saw the aegis at the theater in Athens. Show More Summary

Dave Surber (of Wildwinds) collection being auctioned Tuesday

Many of you use Wildwinds.com, a web site cataloging ancient coins built in 2000 by Dave Surber. Dave Surber passed away suddenly five years ago. His collection is being auctioned on Tuesday by Agora Auctions. 46 Greek coins, 61 Roman Provincial, 133 Roman Imperial, 21 Byzantine and Medieval. 26 lots of books. 35 group lots.

Jim Fregosi comemorative card

I don't think I've bought any new cards recently, but this odd sized card is sort of a new addition to be put away - a stadium giveaway by the Angels as part of the pregame tribute to one of the franchise's stars.

The Wrong Kind of Star: Quirks in 2014 Topps Heritage

2014 Topps Heritage Mini - Zack Greinke If you're collecting Topps Heritage this year, here's something you may not have realized. Just like in the sport it depicts, there are varying degrees of star popularity within the set. Here's what I mean. Show More Summary

So Long, Topps BUNT

And thanks for nothing. Literally nothing. I gave Topps BUNT a spin this season. Topps BUNT, aside from being bizarrely capitalized like a lot of bad decisions on the internet, is the virtual trading card app from the MLB exclusive license holder. Show More Summary

2014 Topps Finest - a quick glance

For 'pure card collectors' who still care about collecting base cards, building sets or just flipping through cards - opinions on this year's Topps Finest set will probably be polarizing since the base cards look like they were inspired by 1995 Fleer. Show More Summary

ANA must examine ethics of dealers

As a member of the American Numismatic Association, I call on the ANA Board of Governors to open an investigation for the purpose of taking action regarding the violation of the ANA Code of Ethics by the dealers who caused the dangerous situations at the World’s Fair of Money, the Philadelphia Branch Mint, Denver Branch [...]

Joy of a Completed Team Set - 1990 Topps

Equal parts joy and frustration in this one as after searching forever for a %E^@#&!! Tyler Houston rookie card I finally had to bite the bullet and buy it from the dude at the flea market who prices all his stuff according to his 1993 Beckett with Mike Piazza on the cover. Show More Summary

Starting Lineup Boggs

Recently I picked up my very first Starting Lineup card, Wade Boggs from the 1988 set: I have to say, for a card that came with an action figure, and that's now over 25 years old, it doesn't look half bad. I'm guessing this was an unlicensed...Show More Summary

Featured autographs - Drew and Sal Butera

As a mini-collection idea, I thought about gathering cards of MLB players who came off the bench as back ups, defensive replacements, or pinch hitters - maybe I wanted recognize certain MLB players' roles as 'working actors' who provided bench strength as opposed to the better known starting players. Show More Summary

Hobby Shop Five - Really Shiny, Really Old and Really Cheap

I mentioned a few days ago that I managed to find a few minutes to sneak off to the local hobby shop. I used to stop by much more frequently years ago, but nowadays usually only go for supplies, as was the case this trip. I feel guilty...Show More Summary

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