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Squaring Up with Jeff

Today I will finally get up to speed with thanking at least one of the many great folks I exchange cards with, my friend Jeff S. As I was scanning and cropping the last batch of cardboard Jeff sent just a few weeks ago, another package rolled in. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Shiny Ichiro

What: 2011 Topps Chrome - #50 - Ichiro (Atomic Refractor, #'d /225)Where: COMCHow Much?: $1.88Why?: I feel a little guilty putting up another one card post, especially given how many trade packages I have waiting in the wings to be posted. Show More Summary

2001 Topps Traded Ichiro and Pujols #99

While neither are in the prime of their careers they've made some noise this season - I think the only Ichiro and/or Pujols cards I ever pulled out of packs when their rookie cards came out in 2001 were two or three subset cards from late season releases including this one. Show More Summary

2016 Topps Pro Debut breaks - x6

Like last year's product, there is a subtle difference with the surface of the Pro Debut cards and the flagship MLB Topps cards - the players' images on the Pro Debut cards have a glossy coating while the backgrounds and borders are left matte. Show More Summary

Anatomy of a Baseball Card: Trevor Story 2013 Topps Heritage Minors

Nuts to that. Minor league cards are supposed to be fun, which is why I wish I bought them more often. Topps's recent reentry into the minor league game has been nice, but the cards (Pro Debut and Heritage Minors) are a hobby-only thing. Show More Summary

#26

Wade Boggs had his #26 retired by the Red Sox before tonight's game at Fenway Park. Ironically, the only new Boggs card I had waiting in the wings in my scans folder was this obscure Legends Variation (can you tell I'm obsessed with these yet) with a photo from his time in Tampa Bay. Show More Summary

1987 Fleer Will Clark #269

I wanted to get Clark's best mainstream rookie card for ownage sake because Clark emerged as a ‘national superstar’ back when I was getting into baseball and collecting cards - perhaps I didn't really know what it was like to have Clark star for my MLB team but he was a pretty big deal for a little while in San Francisco. Show More Summary

A Bevy of Boston Baseball Cards

Time to clear out some room in my scans folder. I can think of no better way to do so than to show off a pile of Red Sox cards that arrived from all different destinations... In the lead-off spot I've got this sweet Bowman Chrome Blue...Show More Summary

Brought to you by the Letter L

Still viable. I'm still active on Listia after all these years, after nearly ditching the site this past winter over an auction dispute where their customer service was being completely unreasonable. For the most part, the issues that...Show More Summary

One Card Post - My Best Walter Johnson

What: 2011 Topps - #300 - Walter Johnson (Legends Variation)Where: eBayHow Much?: $2.33Why?: I don't have a ton of Walter Johnson cards, and I'm not fortunate enough to own one from his actual playing days. That makes this my best Walter Johnson card. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Sparky Lyle

I picked up a certified autograph of the 1977 American League Cy Young Award winner to add a 'wrinkle' to my award winners collection - Lyle was the New York Yankees relief ace during a time when closers got into a lot of games and pitched in multiple innings to choke off rallies and close out games.

2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces Tim Lincecum

It's not worth anymore than about $0.50, but this is probably my favorite Lincecum card - I like the seemingly fancy canvas card stock that gives these cards a different, textured feel. With Lincecum's Angels deal official, it's going...Show More Summary

Sports Cards from All of My Teams

What in the world is going on with Wacha? Nevermind, here are some cards. Last month, a bubble mailer rolled in from Sportscards From The Dollar Store, hitting up all of my sportsball teams. It's times like these that I realize I have a lot of teams. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - A.J. Achter

Maybe it's not so great for a big league team like the Angels to call up and use assorted rank-and-file guys because of injuries - however it gives me a moment to go through my mental Rolodex to see whether or not I have a player's autograph to add to my all-time Angels autograph collection.

Featured autograph - Jhoulys Chacin

Chacin has bounced around a little after being cut by the Colorado Rockies a few years ago - I remember something about conditioning issues preventing Chacin from sticking with the Rockies as he was pretty terrible (1-7, 5.40 ERA] in 2014. Show More Summary

Red Sox, Hockey & Football Cards - Thank you Jeff!

Continuing through the pile of incoming trade packages sitting on my card desk, today I've got a really spectacular one to show off from my hobby friend Jeff S. Jeff doesn't have a blog or anything that I can link to, but over the years...Show More Summary

Stotts

Money changes hands. Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts agreed to a contract extension today, keeping him in Portland through at least the 2019-20 season. That season is entirely theoretical because the Earth will probably be completely inhabited by nonhumanoid entities, or at least that's what I think when I ponder the year "2020". Show More Summary

Featured autographs - junk auto sluggers

I picked up Durazo and Willingham certified autograph cards even though these are basically junk autos - while strictly rank-and-file types, both guys were relatively productive MLB hitters with pop. I may have seen both players as ‘harder...Show More Summary

Featured autographs - obscure Angels

Picking up these autographs gives me a reason to go dumpster diving where I can fill random holes in my Angels all-time autograph collection - O’Brien or Olivares' Angels careers weren't particularly memorable though I'd guess I was vaguely aware of their existence when they were on the team in the late 1990s.

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