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Some Football Guys

Summer Cleaning is just turning into Cleaning. Hey, it's football season, I guess. I added some football guys to the stash in the increasingly inaccurately named Summer Cleaning 2016.Maybe I should get a head start next week on Spring Cleaning 2017.

One Card Post - International Flavor

What: 1994-95 Topps Finest #154 - Jason Allison (Refractor)Where: COMCHow Much?: $.87Why?: I'm hooked on the refractors from the first two Topps Finest hockey sets. Despite being from the junk wax era, these were tough pulls and aren't the easiest cards to find even today. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Cody Ege

Ege is only one of the anonymous relief pitchers the Angels have used this past season - the other guys whose autographs I don't have count as well, but like pulling a random name out of hat, I wondered how I was ever going to find an autograph of Ege for my Angels autograph collection. Show More Summary

A Pair of Nostalgic Autographs

Meant to post these yesterday, but between cooking, going for a long run, household chores and NFL football, the day got away from me. Anyway, I enjoyed my recent Marquis Grissom Topps Kids autograph so much that shortly after it arrived...Show More Summary

Andrew Benintendi Topps Now #385

Benintendi zoomed to the big leagues in his full professional season and I'd wanted to grab his MLB debut Topps Now card - so I had a MLB/MLBPA issued rookie year card that is kind of an oddball, since Benintendi's actually rookie cards were held back for next year. Show More Summary

Collectors have the opportunity to comment against Cypriot import restrictions

Ancient coins struck in Cyprus before 235 AD cannot be imported into the United States unless they have an export permit from the Government of Cyprus or documentation they left Cyprus before July 16, 2007. It is believed that no export permits are granted for coins. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Ryan Schimpf

Originally property of the Toronto Blue Jays, the 28-year old rookie has been one of the few highlights in a long season for the San Diego Padres - despite a.229 batting average, the lefty hitting Schimpf has tallied up 39 extra base hits in just 236 at-bats, including 19 home runs, 15 doubles and 5 triples. Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 3: Gone Huskin'

Oregon faces a B1G test. Most college football seasons get incrementally tougher, and that's how it's going to be for the 2016 Oregon Ducks. Fresh off their second straight non-conference win over an inferior opponent, Oregon travels to Nebraska to take on the former longtime Oregon State coach's current school. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Blue Cubes

What: 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum #37 - Henrik Lundqvist (Blue Cubes Parallel #'d /65)Where: COMCHow Much?: $2.75Why?: Hockey season is right around the corner! Seems like the perfect time to feature this beautiful parallel from the inaugural O-Pee-Chee Platinum set. Show More Summary

Postage Due?!?! More Cards from The National!

Just yesterday I received a PWE in the mail from my good buddy Mark Kaz of This Way to the Clubhouse, containing some cards that he picked up for me at this year's National show. I noticed something on the outside of the envelope that...Show More Summary

The gorgons of Mallos part 3

Antiochos IV, Uncertain mint (Mallos?), 175-164 BC (Münzen & Medaillen Auction 30, May 2009 “Roland Müller collection”, lot 706) 1.56g 11mm Web sites and reference books for Greek coins group the coins by city. For example,'s Mallos entry contains the coins struck under the authority of Mallos. Show More Summary

It will soon be difficult to sell autographed slabs in California

David Siders reports for the Sacramento Bee that California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a law with a lot of new requirements for selling autographed items (such as books and coin slabs) in their state. The bill was promoted by Assemblywoman Ling-Ling Chang, and Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Canadian Spaceman

What: 1970 O-Pee-Chee #279 - Bill LeeWhere: COMCHow Much?: $1.62Why?: Who doesn't love vintage O-Pee-Chee baseball cards? This beautiful rookie card of one of the more interesting personalities in Red Sox history was just too tempting to pass up!

A Deeper Shade of Allen & Ginter

Prestige Ginter cards and more from @bbcardclubhouse fill an otherwise bleak evening. Last year, to mark the 10th anniversary of the revived tobacco card style product, Topps put together an all-black super version of their Allen & Ginter set. Show More Summary

Champ's & More

Today I've got the latest trade package to show up from longtime friend of the blog Douglas Corti of Sportscards from the Dollar Store. This package provided me with my very first look at the brand new Champ's hockey set. I was a big...Show More Summary

Strangest ancient coin I've seen this month

A very unusual reverse on an ancient Greek diobol! The reverse side literally depicts the lion's tail end. Typically on ancient Greek coins it is the front half of the animal that appears. The front half is called a 'protome'. There is no word for the back half appearing, as there hasn't been a need. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Danny Goodwin

For a guy who was selected No. 1 overall in the nation twice, Goodwin was a bust - he's been pretty much obscured by history, but the one-time Angel who was named to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. I picked up a certified...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Kid Grissom

Last year Topps rolled out an interesting product in Archives Signature Series. Definitely a gamble of a product, as you receive one hard-signed, encased, and serial-numbered card per box. Despite my love of autographed cards, rolling the dice like this isn't exactly my cup of tea. Show More Summary

COMC3 - Soccer Sandwich

Not much time today, and it's already gotten quite late, so how about three randomly selected COMC pick-ups? Atomic Sogard rookie! Because I'm still under the delusion that I may finish this 220-card set someday (currently at just 15 now). Show More Summary

U.S. Mint to hold Numismatic Forum

The U.S. Mint announced that they will hold a one-day forum to “share perspectives on the past, present, and future of the numismatic hobby.” It is part of their preparation for the U.S. Mint’s 225th anniversary in 2017. The agenda will be the future of the Mint and the numismatic environment as a whole. “It […]

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