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Underwater Post Offices Honored with New Stamps

Denise McCarty writes on the website, "Underwater post offices of yesterday and today are featured on two recent stamp issues.The Bahamas commemorates the 75th anniversary of the world’s first undersea post office on four stamps issued Aug. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Penmanship Battle - Fontinato vs. Baun

This week I'm featuring another pair of autographs from the Panini Classics Signatures set. If you were a forward playing in the NHL 50 to 60 years ago, you wouldn't be thrilled to see either of these players line up on the opposing blue line. Show More Summary

Stamp Collectors- No Fans of Pop Culture on Stamps

"Harry Potter, Elvis and Bugs Bunny share one thing in common: Traditional stamp collectors are no fans," writes reporter Marianne Levine of the LA Times.She goes on to pen, "Some philatelists say the committee that helps the postmaster...Show More Summary

Report to ANA Board of Governors on new web service security

I was not able to make it to Rosemont for the World’s Fair of Money but wanted to deliver a statement about the security of the new website and service. The following was the statement I sent. I apologize for not being with you in Rosemont to deliver this personally, but I wanted to [...]

Red Sox Collection - Greenwell '93 Finest Refractor

Today I enjoyed a rare weekday off from work, and took full advantage of the free time to catch up on scanning and inventorying the gigantic backlog of cards here at Shoebox Legends headquarters (I also managed to sneak in a quick trip to the local card shop). Show More Summary

Cardboard Classics - Pelé

Pulled this mini out of a random retail pack of 2013 Allen & Ginter from my pack shelf the other day: I am always on the lookout for interesting soccer cards, and while this is technically a baseball card in the strict sense, it's a great addition to my small soccer collection as far as I'm concerned. Show More Summary

Kennedy gold opens strong

Although I am not able to attend this year’s World’s Fair of Money, I have been keeping up with the news coming out of Rosemont. Amongst the interesting news reports are those about the long lines collectors were standing in for the 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Proof Coin. There was even a story [...]

50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set

The 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set is one of three products being offered in 2014 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar. This set includes a folder, coin card with uncirculated finish coins from the Philadelphia and Denver facilities, and certificate of authenticity. Show More Summary

COMC is My "National"

This past weekend the National Sports Collectors Convention took place in Cleveland, OH. If you live in the States this is the show of the year, and unless you live under a rock you've probably seen plenty of people blogging about their experiences there. Show More Summary

Unintentional cameos - 1991 Score Jack Howell #842 and 2014 Topps Jose Altuve #210

It was probably my friend who gave me this random Jack Howell card as an extra to get signed at a minor league game at least several years ago - current Angels third base coach Gary DiSarcina makes a cameo and only recently was I finally able to get DiSarcina to sign this particular card. Show More Summary

New Red Sox, Courtesy of Zistle

Last month I completed a couple of quick swaps on Zistle to bring some more Red Sox cards into my collection. First, I sent four 2013 Topps base card doubles off to user mfratella. In return... David Ortiz sporting a retro look from 2013 Topps Series 2, and also from 2013 Series 2... Show More Summary

Introducing the new

The future of the American Numismatic Association began on Friday, August 1 with the launch of the new ANA website! What are you talking about, the ANA has a website. This is the NEW website with a new look and new technology. But it’s the ANA, the website must be like putting lipstick on a [...]

2014 Bowman Platinum Value Pack recap

I got $1 off from my Topps / Target coupon book, so that sort of knocks off the sales tax from my purchase - I'm looking for 'new' prospect cards and this break was kind of redundant since all of the prospects I pulled have appeared in various Topps / Bowman products over the last several years. Show More Summary

Summary of July coin-related legislation

While doing my monthly review of the numismatic-related political news for the Gold & Silver Political Action Committee, I came across a bill that seems to have missed the numismatic press. One reason it was missed might be that the provisions are buried in a larger bill and has a name that might not be [...]

Signature Sundays - Wendel Clark, Owen Nolan & Glenn Resch

Three more re-issued 2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures autographs from the 2013-14 Panini Contenders set this Sunday (I know, confusing and quite a mouthful)... First up is Wendel Clark, who is clearly much more adept with a hockey stick than with a pen. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Kevin Brown

I ran into a long time collector who was selling some extra autograph cards and in his portfolio book, I spotted a Kevin Brown signed card - I saw the autograph was on a 2004 Topps Cracker Jack, so I relented to pick it up for $5. I've...Show More Summary

Cardboard Classics - 1991-92 O-Pee-Chee Gordie Roberts

Quick post this morning, as I'm exhausted after a 16-hour work day yesterday. Here's a card I recently rediscovered when scanning and organizing a box of junk wax a few weeks ago: I was 9 years old when this set came out, so I'm sure I'm more than a little biased, but I always liked 1991-92 O-Pee-Chee. Show More Summary

2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set

Hey batter, batter!!…….The United States Mint proudly presents the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set, featuring the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Uncirculated Half-Dollar in a rotating capsule. Perfect for any young collector or baseball fan, this product features the “United States Mint Kids” characters (a boy, a girl and their […]

Buyer beware II - a resolution

It pisses me off when I pick up something online and don't get the item within a certain, noted time - but I guess I can understand if a seller occasionally goofs up, as long as there doesn't seem to be any malicious intent on their part. Show More Summary

Sales Limits on Kennedy gold

According to the U.S. Mint: Because of the expected overwhelming response, dialog with our customers and many others interested in the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Proof Coin, the United States Mint is reducing the over-the-counter purchase limit to one unit per customer. This change in the purchase limit will give more members of the [...]

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