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Celebrating a Blazers playoff win with a Listia win. I picked this 'Sheed card up off of Listia (yeah, I still use it) the other day, and it was waiting in the mailbox for me tonight when I got home from watching the Blazers/Clippers playoff game down at the local watering hole. Show More Summary

Late to the Party: Heritage Edition

My annual "I finally bought some Topps Heritage" post. Last month's Loot Locker packs notwithstanding, last week was my first opportunity to actually dig in to this year's Topps Heritage set. I don't really sweat the timing of it all, to be perfectly honest. Show More Summary

The Elusive Rite-Aid Repack!

I've been doing a great job in 2016 of sticking to my goal of not buying retail packs and blasters, and so far it hasn't been all that difficult. The thing I enjoy much more though, and find harder to give up, is the $5 repack. They typically have a few of these at the checkout counter of my local Rite-Aid. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Yoenis Cespedes

Tonight I've got an autograph of someone who's stop in Boston was a relatively short one. Doesn't make me appreciate the card any less though. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Yoenis Cespedes! Yoenis was getting traded left and right for a while there, playing for the A's, Red Sox, Tigers and Mets all within a two year span between 2014 and 2015. Show More Summary

2016 Topps Series I hobby jumbo pack

After a prolonged hiatus, I decided to drop by my LCS to stave off some boredom - in addition to small stash of loose cards I put together, I was looking to bust some loose packs. I balked at the single pack prices [maybe $4-$6] forShow More Summary

Featured autograph - Jake Arrieta

It's fun to dig up at least a signed card [if nothing else] of an ace pitcher who has just thrown his second no-hitter in as many seasons - who knows how long this run of excellence will last for Arrieta, but it's fun to watch a pitcher use his arsenal of pitches to impose their will against opposing batters. Show More Summary

Anatomy of a Baseball Card: Michael Jordan 1990 "White Sox"

The greatest basketball player impersonating a baseball player. Before he entertained the idea for real, Michael Jordan apparently did a photo op with the Chicago White Sox, taking batting practice and pressing the flesh. It's the sort of thing that Billy Crystal does every year. Show More Summary

The Missing Mario

Recently I had an experience that reinforced my faith in eBay sellers, and collectors in general. I scored a sweet Mario Lemieux card on eBay that I'd been after for some time, and at a best offer price that was significantly lower than any of the other available copies were going for. Show More Summary

Spring Cleaning 2016 is Coming

How do you organize your cards? Have I been doing things all wrong? Recently, I began organizing my doubles from sets I am trying to collect by team instead of in number order. I started doing this as part of last year's semi-successful Spring Cleaning trade-off. Show More Summary

COMC - Cards On My Couch

If you had told me when I was a kid that someday I'd be able to sit at home on my couch with an electronic device no thicker or heavier than a notepad, and use it to attend a "virtual card show", my brain probably would have exploded...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Greg Mahle

The 15th round pick in 2014 made his MLB debut on April 13 with a scoreless inning - admittedly, Mahle's ceiling maybe a LOOGY, but there is still a novelty to seeing an unheralded guy come out of nowhere to reach the big leagues.

Featured autograph - Geovany Soto

When Soto won the NL Rookie of the Year with the Chicago Cubs in 2008, there maybe expectations he would be a star for years to come - stardom never did happen, though the current Angel is a perfectly average hitter [.332 on-base /.434 slugging / 102 OPS+] for a semi-regular backstop. Show More Summary

Clowns

The Cardinals are playing like clowns right now, so here are some jokes. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. I get jokes.(Thanks to Waiting 'til Next Year for the, er, humor.)

Featured autograph - Rafael Ortega

Ortega made his Angels debut on April 16, going 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run and a walk - if Ortega gets an opportunity to stick around, he could be like fellow Venezuelans Gregor Blanco or Ender Inciarte, a couple of outfielders who've maxed out their ability and became dependable parts of a MLB roster.

Cubs Fatigue

Cards from the other side of the rivalry courtesy of @TomSOlson I knew it was going to be bad when I was already tired of hearing about the Cubs before an official pitch had been thrown this season. The lovable losers are a lot less lovable these days, with their 7th ranked payroll and frontrunner status this season. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Immortals Francis

What: 2012-13 Panini Certified #132 - Ron Francis Immortals - Mirror Red Parallel (#'d /100)Where: COMCHow Much?: $1.75Why?: When you collect the Whalers, you don't get a ton of opportunities to add new cards to your collection. For less than two bucks I couldn't resist the chance to become one of the lucky one hundred who own a copy of this Christmas-colored monstrosity.

Fleer Wantlists

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Dimeboxes By Proxy

Recently I was the recipient of a particularly awesome PWE from everyone's favorite dime box digger, Nick! It was of course jam-packed with interesting new additions to my Red Sox collection, some of which came via a dime box haul. But...Show More Summary

A shout-out to an outgoing great - Kobe

With Kobe Bryant's career spanning through the entirety of my adult life up through this point, he was a pretty big deal - when he was making improbable shots on the court a reality, when he was winning championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and had built up this persona of a world beater who was relentless in his chose profession. Show More Summary

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