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Featured autograph - Blake Rutherford

Rutherford is the centerpiece player among a trio of prospects [Ian Clarkin and Tito Polo are the other two] - sent to the Chicago White Sox by the New York Yankees in exchange for Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. I was...Show More Summary

Database of Digits Extracted from (modern) Coins

Xingyu Pan and imageLaure Tougne have published a paper describing their database of digits extracted from scans of modern coins. The database of 3000+ images itself cannot be directly downloaded. They explain here that you may request it from them. Show More Summary

When Did You First Learn the Word 'Collate'?

Don't everybody answer at once, now. I've traded with Steven from Collating Cards before, but this was the first time I'd dealt with him since he took an interest in Pacific Northwest teams, specifically the Mariners. I usually seemShow More Summary

2017 Topps Stadium Club blaster recap I

I picked up a couple of blasters online in case the big box stores ran out - or I'd be a little self-conscious.Pack one#46 Trayce Thompson#170 Ryne Sandberg #SCC-31 David Price - Chrome #33 Yadier Molina#155 Corey SeagerPack two#293Show More Summary

TTM autograph received: Mike Timlin

The former big league reliever signed my cards in about 3 weeks - in his 18-year playing career, Timlin played for six teams and was part of four World Series championship teams between the Toronto Blue Jays [1992 and 1993] and Boston Red Sox [2004 and 2007].

TTM autograph received: Don August

August signed my cards in about three weeks - he was the 17th overall pick in the 1984 MLB draft and spent four years in the Major Leagues as mostly a starting pitcher who finished with a W-L record of 34-30.

TTM autograph received: Jeff Reardon

The former big league closer signed my cards in about three weeks - in the 1990s, I vaguely remember him going for some sort of save record, though in the time since, he has been lapped by other relievers.

The Market is Crazy Right Now

Spare some change for some cards, bro? It took me longer than it should have to realize why the local retail stores (Target, mostly) are out of pretty much everything baseball in the dreaded trading card area. Prices are getting ridiculous for pretty much anything related to Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, so the product is drying up. Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Greg Booker

The former reliever for the San Diego Padres signed my junk wax cards in about two weeks or so - though Booker played in parts of 8 seasons in the big leagues, how he got there and stuck around may have been in question at different points in his pro baseball career.

More Star Wars Buybacks!

Last week I showed off my first couple of buybacks from the Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary set, and today I have the next pair for you... First we have a Tusken Raider, riding a bantha on Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine. As a kid watching the original films these were some pretty intimidating evil dudes. Show More Summary

TTM autograph received: Roberto Hernandez

The former big league closer signed my cards in about a couple of weeks - I must have gotten his autograph at least once during his 17-year playing career, though I don't know if that was actually the case, so I figured to send him some cards.

Out of Office

If all went according to plan, I'll be driving around the country of Portugal with my wife at the time this post goes up. I'm looking forward to a much needed vacation from the stresses of life, and to exploring a country that I've never seen before. Show More Summary

Envelopes upon Envelopes

Many Heritage cards stuffed in multiple envelopes. Not content to just send a few cards in one PWE when I was looking for extra Topps Heritage cards to fill my collection needs, reader Jeff stuffed several envelopes full of bunches of Heritage cards. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Dino!

I've got another 1989-90 Topps/O-Pee-Chee hockey autograph to share with you this week. It goes particularly well with the Rod Langway I featured a couple of weeks ago, as it's also a 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee buyback auto, and like the Langway...Show More Summary

TTM autograph received: Goose Gossage

When I pulled the 2017 Topps Bunt Programs insert, I knew I had to get ink on the jazzy looking card - as an in-person/TTM autograph/card collector, the problem with pulling a nice [if low-end] insert is the fact there is no means to get any particular one signed if the card features an active big league star or a prominent retired player. Show More Summary

Antiquities Memorandum of Understanding with Libya

Please read Cultural Property Observer and comment on the Libyan MOU. If the MOU is completed and includes coins it will become difficult for Americans to buy ancient coins from Kyrene in European auctions. It will also be difficult to import Ottoman coins from the territory of modern Libya. Do it this weekend or it will be too late.

Wrapping Up Series 2

Except that I still need a million and a half inserts and parallels, as usual. Without ever having to get my hands dirty and open a pack, I've managed to put together the Cardinals team set from this year's flagship Topps Series 2. After Baseball Every Night's super generous group break, I entered another one put on by Tracy's Box Breaks. Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Tom Niedenfuer

I was able to round up some junk wax era cards for the former big league reliever and he signed them in about a couple of weeks - Niedenfuer was a serviceable pitcher who spent 7 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers through the 1980s.Show More Summary

Recognizing Roman coins with neural networks

Jongpil Kim of Rutgers university reports a neural network capable of correctly recognizing the emperor 73% of the time from coin images. The reverse type is recognized 67% of the time. The report is available on SEQAM and the paper is available by clicking PDF on this Cornell library site.

TTM autographs received: Bobby Witt

The former Major League pitcher signed my cards in a couple of weeks and returned a lone card unsigned - as a collector of random scribbles, I like my cards autographed in the standard blue Sharpie. However, unless I send someone I'm writing a request to a spare Sharpie - I can't control what pen a person has in his possession. Show More Summary

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