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2014 trading card collecting goals recap

With another year in the books - I wanted to see if I was able to own some of these goals or objectives I've set at the beginning of 2014. I've gone through various incarnations as a baseball card collector and I feel like I'm getting...Show More Summary

Happy New Year

Looking forward to another great year of U.S. Coins from The United States Mint.

Good Luck Ducks: Playoff Time

Oregon faces the undefeated defending champions in the first ever playoff game at college football's highest level. College football's most lasting tradition might be unfairness. Every school that has gotten close to the ultimate goal...Show More Summary

2015

Happy New Year! As we begin a new year, we should look forward to better times for our hobby, our nation, and our world. I wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2015 and hope that you find the key coin of your dreams! Images courtesy of the U.S. Mint.

First Amazon pick ups - a couple of Hall of Fame baseballs

I got a $50 gift card to Amazon from a Secret Santa exchange and wondered how I would actually spend it since I really thought of Amazon as an online bookstore - maybe I'd get one of those annual baseball card reference books that are about as thick as a brick, though I'd probably lose interest in that 10 minutes after I flip through it. Show More Summary

We Have a Belking Winner!

And the winner is... With a guess of Georgia 31, Louisville 14, hiflew has won the Belk contest and will receive a 2015 Topps Series 1 retail jumbo pack when such a thing is available. Congrats! The actual final was 37-14. Bo was anShow More Summary

2014 - Year in Review

As is typically the case, it's hard to believe that another year has passed as we prepare to turn our calendars to January. I didn't really set any strict goals for myself in 2014, so this is more of a benchmark post for myself on where my collection sits as 2014 comes to an end. Show More Summary

2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Minors Gold Sean Newcomb

I picked this up for a buck and change - it maybe worth $0.50 at the same time next year, but it's a nice and shiny insert of the 2014 Angels first rounder.

2014 Topps Heritage High Numbers George Springer

I might end up hoarding a 'low-end' mini-collection of Springer after finding some of his cards recently, including this one I found for $0.40 - he has the potential to be an impact player through his prime, if he stays relatively healthy.

Box Break - Stadium Club Part 2

I've held onto my 2014 Stadium Club hobby box for some time now, so it's time I got around to opening a bit more. The first of three mini-boxes was a success in my book, yielding a pair of Red Sox parallels, some beautiful base cards, and some trade bait. Show More Summary

And now, the end is near

And now, the end is near  And so I face the final curtain.My friend, I’ll say it clear  I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain... As we wind down the end of a very interesting 2014, we also come to the end of the 113th Congress. This congress has been as inactive as any. [...]

Happy Holidays from Z-Bo

A former Blazers star makes a great stocking stuffer. Now that I finally have my mail heisting situation under control, I can show off a few of the things that actually made it to my neck of the woods without getting intercepted by the neighborhood bully. Show More Summary

T206 Alfred E Newman - A One-of-a-Kind Gift From Shoebox Legends Sr.

I don't typically receive many sports cards-related gifts around the holidays. This doesn't bother me, as I know it's an odd hobby and certainly a strange thing to pick out as a gift for someone to say the least. This year though, my...Show More Summary

5 Things I Want to See in 2015

As we wrap up 2014, instead of reflecting on this year's hobby highlights, I'm looking ahead to what I want to see in 2015. 1. More old brands resurrected from the mid-1990s junk wax heap. Did you collect Upper Deck's Fleer Retro basketball...Show More Summary

Erisbel Arruebarrena

I picked up some base cards of Arruebarrena recently - after signing a five-year, $25 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, I don't think he ever made the impact expected and maybe trade bait with Jimmy Rollins at shortstop for now. Show More Summary

When you get old you forget about birthdays

Yesterday morning was the eighth anniversary of the launch of this blog. Back then I was young and sprightly and posted things about baseball cards at 5-something in the morning. Now I'm old and cynical and broken and can't function until 11AM even with coffee. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Warren Spahn!

Since today is the final Signature Sundays post of 2014, I figured why not go out with a bang. To that end, for this post I've got an autograph of one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball history to show you, Mr. Warren Spahn:...Show More Summary

There Are No Small Envelopes

...only small pictures of people inside of envelopes. Hello. I everyone reading this had a lovely Christmas (or Thursday the 25th) and is enjoying what is typically known as the holiday season. I surely am. Tonight, I present to you some images of some cards from Cards from the Quarry, who signed up for my group break this month. Show More Summary

Card show trip highlights

I spent $14.50 and picked up three 11x14 toploaders [$1.50 each] and five ball cubes [$2.00 each] just to leave with something - I picked out about 50 assorted cards from another booth's quarter boxes, but the guy there was too busy with his chicken bowl to acknowledge me, so I just finally walked away. Maybe I should have said something - but I didn't want to bother the guy.

Grade This Card: 1964 Topps Pete Rose

I'm not a professional grader, just a longtime collector. I have a pretty good idea what constitutes gem mint, and what's considered poor. It's just everything in between that throws me. I've scanned one of my cards here. Help me out...Show More Summary

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