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1955 Bowman Eddie Waitkus #4

I've wanted a copy of this card after I saw it on a random Funny Baseball Cards post and finally found one at my LCS for $2 - the story of Waitkus was the apparent inspiration for the book, The Natural, which was eventually made into a movie starring Robert Redford.

Ginter Thoughts (or, Things I Learned While Opening a Blaster)

These cards seem weird... off... are they thinner? Every year it seems I'm less and less excited about the prospects of a new set of Topps Allen & Ginter World's Champions (sometimes known as Allen & Ginter's World's Champions). This...Show More Summary

One Card Post - Red Sox Rizzo

What: 2011 Topps Pro Debut #233 - Anthony Rizzo Where: Jeff SHow Much?: Free (and by surprise!)Why?: Because Jeff S is just awesome. I had no idea this card was even coming in the most recent trade package he sent my way. Remember when Anthony Rizzo was a top prospect in Boston's farm system? No? Don't blame you. Show More Summary

Good Things, Small Packages, etc.

Keeping the envelope industry alive since 2008. I couldn't resist as I found myself on the purchasing end of another card for my collection on Listia. This time, it was a Turkey Red Edmonds relic that I have had a hard time tracking down. Show More Summary

National? No. Sweet Vintage? Yes!

While some folks were off enjoying the National this past weekend, I was busy at work on a huge project. In the eight years now since I returned to collecting I've never made a National. At least I'm able to live it vicariously through the blog posts of others. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2015 Topps #626

The trade deadline is upon us. Who is he? Hanley Ramirez was once upon a time a top prospect in the Boston Red Sox system. Very early in his career, he was dealt to the Marlins where he'd become a three-time All-Star shortstop. A few trade deadlines ago, he found himself on the Dodgers where he would reignite his flagging career. Show More Summary

Sox, Soccer & Stickers (from Shlabotnik)

It's funny how the blogosphere works. Sometimes a new blog pops up, and it seems like I'm in touch with the author and arranging a trade almost instantly. Other times, I enjoy a blog for years before ever making contact with its owner. Show More Summary

American Liberty 2015 High Relief Gold Coin | On Sale Today!

West Point •W•   The United States Mint fulfilled renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ original vision of an ultra high relief double eagle gold coin with the release of the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin, closing one era of classic American coin design and ushering in a new one. The 2015 American Liberty […]

Blue Ridge Parkway Bags and Rolls

The third quarter to be issued in 2015 and the 28th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, the 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter pays tribute to the scenic beauty of one of North Carolina’s most iconic roadways. Make this beautiful quarter part of your collection! It is available in a variety bags and […]

2015 First Spouse Gold Coins – Jacqueline Kennedy

Born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, Jacqueline Kennedy grew up near Washington, D.C., and was educated in private schools and studied ballet. Mrs. Kennedy brought a strong interest in the arts to the White House. Fluent in several languages, she charmed world leaders at the White House and on trips abroad. Co-founder of the White House Historical […]

Summer Road Trip | Part 2

Buckle up, grab your sunglasses and prepare for gorgeous scenery! Our next stop on the Summer Road Trip for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program is the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a relaxing drive rich with recreational opportunities, Appalachian history and stunning mountain views. Stretching 469 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

1995 Upper Deck Rules - A Case Study

1995 Upper Deck is one of my favorite baseball sets of the '90s. Recently I opened up a retail pack that was so packed with star power and great photography that I just had to share it here. 12 glorious, full-bleed photos, let's see who's inside... Show More Summary

Presidential $1 Coin Rolls, Bags and Boxes | John F. Kennedy

These Presidential $1 Coins – with circulating finishes minted at the U.S. Mint at Denver and Philadelphia – have never been placed into circulation. Featuring edge-incused inscriptions of the year, “E PLURIBUS UNUM” and the mint mark, the Kennedy $1 coin presents a new, eye-catching likeness of President Kennedy on the obverse (heads) and has […]

Summer Road Trip

Join us on our Summer Road Trip as we travel to the next stop on the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, Kisatchie National Forest. Spread across seven parishes in Louisiana, Kisatchie National Forest spans more than 604,000 acres of public lands. Hidden in the bayous underneath the bald cypress groves and old growth pine […]

Dwight D. Eisenhower 2015 Presidential One Dollar Coin & First Spouse Medal Set

The 2015 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set™ – Eisenhower includes an uncirculated Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential $1 Coin and the Mamie Eisenhower bronze medal, bearing a likeness of the First Spouse Gold Coin. The coin and medal are held in a durable plastic card enhanced with beautiful representations of […]

Getting Spring Cleaning In Order

A trade post on a late Mon... wait, Tulo got traded?! Angels fan Tom from "The Angels, In Order" is among the latest to send over some stuff in exchange for his participation in my Spring Cleaning event. We actually completed this swap a couple of months ago, but such is life when you're in perpetual catch-up mode. Show More Summary

Pedro Martinez, HOFer

Pedro Martinez is the best pitcher I've ever had the pleasure to watch in person. Now that he's officially enshrined in Cooperstown, it seemed like the perfect time to show off a small batch of new Pedro cards I recently received from reader Jeff S. Show More Summary

2015 Topps Archives Will Ferrell #WF-3

I picked up the Angels themed insert card of a comedian who can probably buy an island or two because he makes a living acting like an imbecil plenty of times over - I'm not completely oblivious about his career as an entertainer, but maybe Ferrell is just one of those 'fan favorites' whose fandom may seem inexplicable at times.

Signature Sundays - Jarome Iginla

With the way the Red Sox have been playing since the All-Star break it's really tough not to start looking ahead to football and hockey season. Let's do just that, and take a look at one of the more interesting Bruins autographs I've...Show More Summary

What's in my LCS stash - 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen

For my mini-collections, cards like this one present a problem of sorts - do I save it for my 'awesome action' mini-collection or do I add it to my 'hats off' mini-collection. Maybe the common sense solution is to go with the dominant...Show More Summary

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