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A Clean Sheet

Welcome to 2018! Today seemed like the perfect day to post one of the more unique buybacks I picked up last year: Yup, a buyback of a Zamboni! For those who may not know, though I'd assume every sports fan does, this is the vehicle that cleans the ice before hockey games and between periods. Show More Summary

1975 Topps Gary Carter RC #620

I want to be greedy in adding traditional rookie cards of legends / icons from old school/vintage years when possible - there maybe tiers as far as rookie card wants go; a rule of thumb is cards have to be at least be 20 years old to make the list. Show More Summary

The Best 17 of 2017!

I thought a list of the top 17 cards to be featured on the blog here in 2017 might be a nice way to close out my tenth year of blogging. After all, everyone enjoys a good list at this time of year right?The rules are simple, single cards only, and they have to be cards that made their debut on the blog in 2017. Show More Summary

Card Room Cleanup

As we prepare to turn the calendar over to a new year, there's a natural tendency to organize. My desk in my office and my Blogger drafts folder are no exception, so here's a bunch of stuff that's been waiting for some time to be posted up here... Show More Summary

Contest Update!

Some are doing well. Others are Coug-ing it. First off, you have just hours left to make your Belk Bowl prediction. Additionally, after the playoff games on Monday, you'll need to log back into the contest site to make your final picks for the championship game. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: 900 and Counting!

Yes, the post title is completely accurate. Today's batch of buybacks takes me to over 900 total buybacks since I began this project less than two years ago. Let's see how this grouping fares... 1970 Topps #236 - Bob Veale Getting us started today is strikeout specialist Bob Veale, who pitched for the Pirates and Red Sox during his big-league career. Show More Summary

Get Your Belk Bowl Picks In

Time is running out! There's still time to get one last shot at a cheap and easy contest prize before the clock runs out on 2017. The Belking begins at 10:00 AM PST Friday. You have until then to go here and make your prediction. Who ya got? Aggies? Deacons? The New England Patriots?

1950 Bowman - Post #6 - Sid Gordon

Next up in my slow, plodding effort to complete a 1950 Bowman baseball set, Mr. Sid Gordon: Gordon was a very respectable power hitter who enjoyed a 13-year career at the Major League level. He spent the early years of his career with...Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Christmas Hangover Edition

What a great day yesterday spent stuffing my face and opening gifts, and more importantly in the company of loved ones. I can't think of a better way to get back to the grind than evaluating a round of buybacks for my franken-set project! 1970 Topps #79 - Clay Kirby Leading off is a 1970 Clay Kirby. Show More Summary

Merry Christmas! (and My Other Hobby)

Merry Christmas everyone! This is the tenth Christmas that I've celebrated here at Shoebox Legends, and I figured it was the perfect time to show off one of my favorite ornaments on our tree, The Great One himself!Instead of posting any cards today, I've got something a little different for the holiday. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: The Ichiro Bump

Just one card to evaluate for the buyback franken-set tonight, but it's a good one! 2002 Topps #225 - Ichiro Suzuki Second-year Ichiro featuring the All-Star Rookie Cup logo! I snagged this one on eBay, because $2.00 plus a buck for shipping seemed very reasonable for an early-career card of one of the best pure hitters of his era. Show More Summary

Favorite card of 2017 - Mega Box Ohtani

This is in response to Tom's contest over at Waiting 'til Next Year. I'll throw this up as my favorite card of the year because I actually pulled one [#BCP31] after not even sure if I was going to bust any of the 2017 Bowman Mega Boxes...Show More Summary

COMC Blaster - Holiday Break Edition

My Christmas vacation starts today, and I'll be enjoying eleven straight days of sorely-needed rest and relaxation. Hopefully that will result in an uptick in posting frequency here on the blog as well. Let's kick it off with one of my custom "COMC Blasters". Show More Summary

1991 Fleer Alex Cole #365

As something to do, I'm trying to go through loose cards in my collection and pull the ones that might not be relevant - but can be listed and put away in some sort of mini-collection. The junk wax Cole was probably a repack pull, so...Show More Summary

Animals, Materials and Humans

Baseball cards are weird. Red Cardboard had some extras to unload on the card collecting world recently, and I was quick enough to snap up some goodies. Along with a few random set needs, I also put my name in the hat for some Allen & Ginter minis -- the best kind of minis in my opinion. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Donruss Nolan

What: 1987 Donruss #138 - Nolan Ryan Where: COMCHow Much?: $.35Why?: I picked this one up back in August, prime baseball season. It takes me back to the days of going to the card shop with my dad and brothers and searching for new Nolan Ryan cards for my collection. Show More Summary

Answering the Call

Cards in a time of need. Bru from Remember the Astrodome was the latest to answer the distress call to get me closer to my goal of completing an Allen & Ginter set sometime while we're all still on this planet. In addition to the sweet Private Stock Alan Benes parallel, I received a nice stack of needs from the most recent A&G offering. Show More Summary

1978 Topps Eddie Murray RC #36

I want to build up a traditional rookie card collection [consisting of cards at least 20 years old, cards that aren't serial numbered, autographed or glow in the dark] - but on a relative budget however, it’s hard to be picky as farShow More Summary

One Card Post - Old Lee Walls

What: 1955 Bowman #82 - Lee Walls Where: COMCHow Much?: $.67Why?: Yes, there's a small crease in the upper right corner, but it doesn't detract much from the excellent visual appeal of this vintage piece of cardboard. Besides, for whatever...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Zack Cozart

Even though he is sliding over to third base, Cozart's acquisition gives the Angels a good defender and a guy who can transition over to second base if Ian Kinsler doesn't stick around past the 2018 season - while Cozart has really been...Show More Summary

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