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Kris Bryant

The most heralded prospect coming into the season, Bryant has played 14 games and had 50 at-bats in the Major Leagues so far, so noting the small sample size - it's interesting that he hasn't hit a Major League home run and despite his gaudy on-base percentage, his numbers so far have been fairly quiet. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Mookie's Shades

What: 1987 Fleer #25 - Mookie Wilson Where: Central Sports Cards - Pawtucket, RIHow Much?: $.25Why?: This was among a stack of Mets I plucked from the quarter box as potential cards to send to Mark Kaz of This Way to the Clubhouse. I was sort of secretly hoping he'd already have a copy of this one, and he did, so Mookie and that sharp glare now call my collection home!

Conlons and a 1-of-1 from Marc B!

After returning from a few days in Vermont last week, I found an awesome package from my friend Marc B waiting for me in the mailbox. Marc doesn't have a blog or anything that I can link to, but he's one of the friendliest people I've encountered in the 8 years since I returned to the hobby. Show More Summary

2014 Panini EEE Jeff Hoffman auto serial #'d 098/399

I got this card in the mail from Panini after about six weeks or so after I put the redemption code on their Web site - it's not a bad looking card with an on-card autograph, though it's not the most exciting thing to look at. I actually...Show More Summary

Bess Truman 2015 First Spouse Series

West Point •W• The first release in 2015, the Bess Truman First Spouse Gold Coin features a portrait of Bess Truman. From the fifth grade through high school, she was a classmate of Harry Truman, and they married in 1919. The reverse (tails) features a locomotive wheel moving along railroad tracks, representing Mrs. Truman’s support […]

Is That Gum in Your Pack, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Today, for the first time in a while, I actually had a couple of hours free on a weekday afternoon when the local hobby shop was open. I hadn't been in at least a couple of months, so it was nice to catch up with the owner and scavenge around a bit. Show More Summary

'59 Topps Beaters

I'm slowly poking away at the '59 Topps baseball set. I'm not pursuing it very aggressively, most of the cards I have are pretty beat up, and I have so few that I haven't even bothered putting together a want list yet. Here are a few recent additions, starting with my favorite of the bunch, Curt Flood's second Topps card. Show More Summary

A Tribute to a Treasured Louisiana National Forest

Multi •D•P•S• The second quarter to be issued in 2015 and the 26th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Rolls and Bags – Kisatchie National Forest pays tribute to the beauty of one of Louisiana’s most beautiful forests. Available in 100-coin bags (P,D,S), A two-roll (P,D) and […]

Everything is Awesome

Not really. For the second time in less than two months, one of my favorite pro athletes suffered a devastating Achilles tendon tear that threatens to derail a once promising season. Adam Wainwright was virtually paralyzed after trying to leave the batter's box on a harmless pop-up, and now the staff ace can only think about next year. Show More Summary

2015 Bowman value pack recap

Though the cards just don't pop, this year's Bowman cards do look a little different with the way the borders are used - the images sort of bleed out of the cards, as opposed to the images being framed by a solid black or white border. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Josh Hamilton

The 25 guys on the Angels 2015 roster grinding it out are the ones who want to be there and the one who didn't is now a Texas Ranger - it's kind of just sad how Hamilton's Angels career imploded but I'm kind of just over it. Hamilton...Show More Summary

Cards from My Dad - Ed Johnston Tallboy

Over the past couple of years my Dad has been really generous in passing down to me the majority of the cards he had picked up over the years when my brothers and I were kids. I have not done a very good job of posting them and saying...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Al Arbour

Today I've got an autograph from 2006-07 Parkhurst that showcases the greatest trophy in all of sports: I've been after a copy of this Al Arbour autograph for quite a while now, and recently one fell into my hands at the right price....Show More Summary

The United States Mint Honors National Park Week

Join us on the America the Beautiful Quarters Road Trip this year at Homestead National Monument of America, the first stop on our spring adventure. This year marks the sixth year of the program and features five new quarters honoring Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska; Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana; Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina; […]

Saturday Night Scan Folder Backlog

Just got back from a few days in Vermont and I don't have any more scheduled posts left to go. If I haven't gotten back to you this week I hope to catch up on everything tomorrow. In the meantime, here are some cards that have been scanned in and waiting to be posted for quite some time now... Show More Summary

Ran into an old Angels player

I was at Angel Stadium taking in an afternoon game and afterwards took a couple of pictures of this former Angels player signing and interacting with fans - his people told the fans to back off and to make some sort of organized line. Show More Summary

One Card Post - What the Hell is a Bubble Refractor?

What: 2014 Bowman Chrome Bubbles Refractor #130 - Jon Lester (#'d /99) Where: COMCHow Much?: $1.75Why?: I've never heard of Bubbles Refractors before, but all I know is that is one beautiful card. Scans even better than it looks in person. Show More Summary

American Buffalo 2015 One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

West Point •W• The American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin is an elegant and treasured American artifact for your collection. Containing one ounce of.9999 fine 24-karat gold, these lustrous coins are among the world’s purest gold coins. It is the first 24-karat gold proof coin ever struck by the U.S. Mint and is […]

The Wizard on a Wrapper

Wonders never cease. I am not typically a fan of the Gypsy Queen line, but while on vacation last week I saw a familiar face on the cover of the pack wrappers of the latest Topps issue. I don't recall ever seeing Ozzie get the center...Show More Summary

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