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X your own spot

We do not follow maps to buried treasures and X never ever marks the spot. Professor Indiana Jones could have been talking to coin collectors in 2014 instead of his 1940s-era archaeology class at the mythical Marshall College in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Those watching the coin-related news on both sides of the [...]

2014 Topps Heritage preview

I'll pick up some hobby packs, maybe pony up for a blaster box to see what the cards look like - though I'm over the novelty of new Topps Heritage cards mimicking old-school Topps cards, even if I find the concept quaint at times. More...Show More Summary

March Radness: Let's Try This Again

You know you're gonna fill out a bracket. May as well do it for a chance to win some free cards! Yahoo decided to be incredibly lame and is requiring all entrants to valid a phone number so it can spam everyone with text ads, so I've gone ahead and made an executive decision to switch platforms to ESPN this year for the first time. Show More Summary

Cardboard Classics - That Lion King is Downwind

I pulled this card from a $1 hockey repack I picked up at the LCS recently. It's from one of the most over-produced sets in the history of hockey cards, 1990-91 Pro Set. I had a ton of these cards as a kid, and I know both my brothers and I had complete sets, yet I don't recall this one. Show More Summary


I don't like the reason you're here, but I'm glad you're here.

1953 Topps Project - Bob Schultz

After three new additions to my 1953 Topps set in January, last month saw just one measly card added. I'd like to get a few more knocked out this month, so here's the first... In what is becoming a very common theme for these posts, Bob's career got off to a late start due to the fact that he served with the US military in WWII. Show More Summary

Autograph request through the mail received: Jacob Turner

Turner signed my cards in black ink in about three weeks c/o Miami Marlins [spring training] - including this 2011 Topps Heritage Minors for my set.

March Radness is Real

You know it. March Radness VI is very nearly upon us. This is Conference Tournament Week in college basketball, which means Selection Sunday is this Sunday. Soon, people will be calling in sick to work and frantically studying up on something they didn't care the slightest bit about for the past several months. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Barry Bonds

Looks like Bonds is back in San Francisco Giants camp as a guest instructor and I dug this autograph card from an 'old' box of assorted autograph cards to show off - besides the card featured, I was able to get one other card signed in-person by Bonds and I'm pretty sure it was after the game where the Angels' Rally Monkey made its Major League debut back in 2000.

2014 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set

The 2014 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set, minted at the United States Mint in San Francisco, includes four proof quality coins featuring Presidents Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Each obverse (heads) shows the name and likeness of a U.S. President, the term in office, the number […]

Possible "Errors" in 2014 Topps Heritage

So it's been reported that 2014 Topps Heritage will pay tribute to the various errors and uncorrected errors found in the 1965 Topps set. Perhaps the most well known uncorrected error is the misspelling of Jim Kaat's name on the front of his card (Jim Katt). Show More Summary

POLL: How much will the Saddle Ridge Hoard sell for?

Kagin’s, the rare coin firm hired by the couple who found the Saddle Ridge Hoard, partnered with to sell the coins online. At some point, I will contact Kagin’s to ask why they chose this route to sell these coins, but I find it an interesting choice. In the middle of the 20th century, [...]

Random thoughts - Albert Pujols

My only rookie card of Pujols was his 2001 Fleer Tradition, which came in a 'rookie subset' available only factory sets - I can't believe it's been nearly 14 years since he was a rookie phenom, but time marches on. He was on the firing...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Lamenting the Demise of Panini Hockey Cards

In light of the recent (depressing in my opinion) news that Upper Deck will be the only company making licensed NHL cards for the foreseeable future, let's take a look at a few more autographs from one of my favorite hockey sets in recent years. Show More Summary

Featured autographs - Kurt Stillwell

I threw away an unsigned 1989 Fleer because it had some paper loss on the card before having Stillwell sign these cards - he sighed when he saw them, but he was accommodating otherwise.

Ben's First 5 Thoughts on the 2014 Topps Heritage Checklist

In anticipation of the release of 2014 Topps Heritage (now since delayed to March 14th), Topps made the set's checklist available on their website. Because I enjoy deconstructing checklists in my free time, here are my first five thoughts:1. Show More Summary

Cisco AnyConnect was overwhelming my Mac

Recently my Mac's battery life fell to about an hour. I repaired the problem, but didn't see it reported on the web, so I will post it here so Google can find it. The Activity Monitor app showed acwebsecagent and ReportCrash using about 15% of the CPU. Show More Summary

Time wasted over claims Saddle Ridge Hoard was once stolen from Mint

Anyone following the main stream media has heard of the Saddle Ridge Hoard, the 1,427 gold coins found in cans buried under a tree somewhere in California. The couple who found the coins and their location has been kept confidential to prevent potential prospectors on their property. Reports have surfaced that the find has opened [...]

Joe Martinez

He's a journeyman ballplayer, though it doesn't look like he is doing too bad for himself on the personal end - I got him to sign a few times when he played in the Arizona Fall League back in 2009 and may have seen him hanging out at an AFL game in 2012, so I brought his two cards I had to the AFL last year just to see if I could scope him out. Show More Summary

2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set | Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set – Great Smoky Mountains National Park features one uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Philadelphia, one uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Denver and one proof quarter from the United States Mint at San Francisco. This set – featuring coins […]

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