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Another Mark Kaz PWE

This is getting to be a regular feature here, but it's time for the latest PWE from my buddy Mark Kaz of This Way to the Clubhouse. As is the case with our usual back and forth envelopes, I found 9 brand new Red Sox cards inside... I'm among the many who are digging the 2015 Topps flagship set. Show More Summary

My 2015 Topps Progress

Here's what I've accomplished so far. I've polished off the Cardinals base team set for Series One. This is probably the earliest that I've ever managed this, but I also have the fact that there were only something like 10 Cardinals cards (including multi-player cards) in the whole series. Show More Summary

The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Pants On: The 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention

The National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) is like a Wesley Willis album. You've heard one song, you've (literally) heard them all. But that doesn't mean they all don't rock.The NSCC is the same way. Year in and year out, you buy your NSCC ticket and know exactly what you're going to get: The World's Greatest Card Show. Show More Summary

Video Box Break: Four Six-Pack Hanger Boxes of 2014 Panini World Cup Prizm

Ever since it "streeted" I've been wanting to get my hands on a box or two of 2014 Panini World Cup Prizm. Little did I know that they made a retail version. For the last month I've been trolling the Walmarts and Targets of the Mid-Atlantic region on a quest for the four-pack Hanger Boxes the retail edition was distributed in. Show More Summary

Well, I finally did it.

I did it. After holding out for two years, I (willingly) bought 2012 Topps Baseball. As much as I hate the insert bloat, bland design, and intelligence-insulting gimcracks, I just couldn't turn down a good deal; especially on a product...Show More Summary

1997 and 1998 Pinnacle Inside Five "Pack" Break.

I ripped open five "packs" of this crap so that you don't have to.

Fisking the MLBP/Topps Renewal Announcement.

Yeah, I know. Long time, no blog. I guess I owe you an explanation for that. See, I’ve been blogging less and Tweeting more. I figure, if I can get my point across in a series of 140-character Tweets, why wait to post a 500-word blog post. Show More Summary

Why Cee Angi Matters

Cee Angi represents to me the kind of "consumer" Topps ought to be marketing to: a fanatical baseball fan, who used to collect in her early years, went away for a while, and now wants to get back into collecting again. All of which leads...Show More Summary

A Broken Resolution, and a New Focus

My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to blog more. Well, it's February 4th and I'm only getting around to writing my first post now. I know, right? Sue me.To be honest with you, I've been wondering what to do with this thing. As you've...Show More Summary

My Christmas Gift to You

The Baseball Project is a supergroup of 1980s alt-rock all-stars: R.E.M.'s Peter Buck; Scott McCaughey of The Young Fresh Fellows; Steve Wynn, most notably of Dream Syndicate; and his wife Linda Pitmon.Last April, as a celebration of the over 300,000+ card Jefferson R. Show More Summary

Fifteen Years of Stale Gum

The year was 1998. Crackheads roamed the streets.Roided-up monsters were taking over baseball. And The Hobby Media, compared to where it is today, was in the toilet. That year a certain "Baseball Card Monthly" magazine crowned a company...Show More Summary

Bipped by "S. Claws."

Of all people to get Bipped by, I get Bipped by a cut-rate Santa impersonator. Do this mean Bip Wars is back on?

NSCC Pick-Ups: The Emergence of Cragislist Reseller.

It took me a while to hook-up my old scanner to my dying laptop (the old one, not the new one), but I'm finally ready to show off some of the goodies I got at the NSCC.The anticipation must be killing you, I know. EVERY SINGLE CARD you will see in this post was purchased for a dollar or less. Show More Summary

David Beckham: An Appreciation

Blogger's Note: I wrote this a couple of weeks ago and sent it, unsolicited, to a certain website. It was rejected -- I was told it didn't "fit our core audience's needs." Apparently, stories on Star Trek cards and dating advice columns,...Show More Summary

Box Break: 2003 Donruss Elite

Yeah, yeah. I know, I know. It's been a while since I've done one of these things. Sue me.Anyway, I picked up a box of 2003 Donruss Elite at the NSCC for $55. Here's what I got.SPOILER ALERT: This would have been an awesome box, had I ripped it in 2003. Show More Summary

Why I'm NOT Renewing My Beckett Baseball Subscription

Yeah, I know. It's been a while since I've done one of these things. Sue me. Look, I'm not knocking Chris or Sooz. But there's only so much content two people can put out in a month; and it's just not worth the $40/year anymore.

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