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One Card Post - 3 of Hearts

What: 2013 Panini Golden Age Playing Card - Joe WoodWhere: COMCHow Much?: $.81Why?: First of all, I absolutely love the job Panini did with the Playing Cards inserts from 2013 Golden Age. Secondly, it's not every day that I get to add a new "Smoky" Joe Wood card to my collection. Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 20

"Your favorite parallel card based on the parallel, not the player." 2014 Topps Chrome Jason Grilli #208 X-fractor parallel - I don't collect parallels, where I to try and complete an entire set of them, but I like these 'checkerboard' finish refractors since the cards stand out more the basic refractors, while still being relatively easy pulls / finds.

1950 Bowman - Post #2 - Monte Kennedy (Or Is It Monty?)

I've decided to take a crack at building the 1950 Bowman set, largely because it was responsible for the first truly vintage baseball card I ever owned. Tonight I inch one card closer to that goal with pitcher Monte Kennedy of the New...Show More Summary

TTM autograph received: Will Clark

Clark signed my card in about a month c/o the San Francisco Giants - he might have been actually one of my first TTM attempts, though it was probably in the off-season after the Giants got to the World Series in 1989. Since I just had...Show More Summary

Diary of a Heritage Collector

Another entry into the log. It's April 2017, just past Tax Day. After putting out the selfish call for help with my 2017 Heritage collection, a bunch of people responded, including the very generous Mr. Meeks from My Cardboard Habit....Show More Summary

JFK 100

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the second son of Joe and Rose Kennedy. Born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Jack, as he was known to family and friends, was born of privilege and lead that life being able to travel […]

Memorial Day 2017

The first recorded organized public recognition of the war dead occurred on May 1, 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina. On that day, Freedmen (freed southern slaves) celebrated the service of the 257 Union soldiers buried at the Washington Race Course (now Hampton Park). They labeled the gravesite “Martyrs of the Race Course.” African Americans continued […]

U.S. Mint to stop taking mail orders

When official Washington has an announcement or news that they want to bury as much as possible, they issue press releases after 5:00 PM on Friday, especially before a holiday weekend. Although this type of announcement was coming sooner or later, the U.S. Mint announced that they will stop accepting and filling orders mailed to […]

ANA Election: VOTE!

Earlier this week I received the ballot information for the election of the American Numismatic Association Board of Governors. There are two candidates for president, one for vice president, and eight for Governors which seven will be selected. As some of you who are ANA member began to receive your ballots, I have received many […]

Arguing about the ANA’s future

During my nearly 11 years of writing this blog, there has been criticism and compliments of the work done by the American Numismatic Association, its Board of Governors, and its staff. The organization has come a long way during that time and yet has had a lot of bad missteps over the years. Any organization […]

The Star Coin Book

The shameless promotion of the coin business and extraordinary search for special rare coins did not begin with the explosion of the Internet. It can be traced to legendary coin dealer B. Max Mehl. From the empire he built in Austin, Texas, Mehl was probably the first coin dealer to market coins to the general […]

POLL: Would you participate in a crowdfunded numismatic book project?

I have been working on a few manuscripts over the last year. If I put in the extra time, I can publish two of them within the next few months. Both books are more of a labor of love, taking some of the best content from this blog plus some additional information and packaging it […]

A Free Coke

In my quest to find different and fun items for my business inventory, I seem to be tripping over some interesting numismatic samples. Recently, I purchased a collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. Basically, if they can print, paint, mold, or stamp “Coca-Cola” on something, it is in this collection. It has everything from the mundane foreign-labeled […]

A Glenn Family Short Snorter

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. is a true American Hero. I feel so comfortable saying this that I will not qualify that statement with, “few will argue that ….” When you are the first American to strap yourself into a tiny capsule that is forced into space on top of the Atlas LV-3B rocket, essentially a […]

News sparks change hunting

People seem to come out of the woodwork when there is the story about an error coin being worth a lot of money. Most have folders or albums left behind by long passed loved ones that they have stored in a draw for sentimental reasons. They do not have the passion of the relative for […]

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 19

"A favorite card from a country other than the United States." 1987 O-Pee-Chee Barry Bonds #320 - I randomly bought two or three loose OPC packs at some mall show I stumbled upon when I was a kid and likely pulled the Bonds. I don'tShow More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Rough Odds

Ten more buybacks to evaluate, let's see how we do... 1981 Topps #56 - Buck Martinez Starting off with a set that I don't see a ton of in buyback format for whatever reason, 1981 Topps. I think it might be safe to say at this point that despite a 17-season Major League career Buck is actually better known as a broadcaster. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Buyback Bogaerts RC

What: 2017 Bowman Buyback Bronze #2014-84 - Xander BogaertsWhere: eBayHow Much?: $7.99Why?: A rookie card of my favorite current player in buyback format? At less than $10 it was too much for this collector to resist. I don't plan on collecting the Bowman buybacks like I do with Topps, but I sure do like this one. Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 18

"A card of a player who became manager of your favorite team." 1993 Upper Deck Mike Scioscia #688 - this card is sort of unique because presumably the image used was from a spring training game, yet Scioscia didn't make the San Diego Padres' Opening Day roster in 1993. Show More Summary

1950 Bowman - Post #1 - Maurice McDermott (The Beginning)

Recently I've been in a bit of a hobby funk. My buyback franken-set has kept my interest, but I have hundreds of buybacks already in hand just waiting to be processed for that particular project so there's not much need to seek out others,...Show More Summary

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