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2014 Topps Chrome blaster recap

My lousy $3 off Topps coupon was my excuse to pick up a blaster, even though I believe the following: 1.) Retail is feast or famine for something like Topps Chrome - there are only 32 cards in a blaster and while I may pull some cheap refractors and/or inserts, I'm probably not going to find anything that makes me think I spent $20 wisely. Show More Summary

U.S. Mint previews new online catalog

After a few years of playing with the look-and-feel of their website, the U.S. Mint is in the process of redesigning and reprogramming their online catalog. Face it, the U.S. Mint has not been the paragon of customer service. Their website and fulfillment process has been severely lacking. There were times when the site would [...]

Topps's Weird Cousin

I have a soft spot for Bowman, possibly because it's rarely ever in my face. In an effort to do something about my sad 2014 Cardinals want list, I worked out a trade with S.Mack Talk where only 2014 cards exchanged hands. This was a quick 'n dirty trade, free of my usual procrastination (months) and threats to send pounds of cards across the country. Show More Summary

Red Sox Collection - Carlos Asuaje's Scribble

I'm watching the Red Sox get crushed at the hands of the Orioles tonight. It's getting so painful these past few weeks that I've asked myself more than once why I continue to watch, yet I keep tuning in. Since the Major League team is so bad, let's take a look at a minor league card this evening... Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Gordon Beckham

The only autograph I have of Beckham is a certified autograph card I picked up for about $30 and change when I thought he'd an all-star talent - as is, he wasn't good at all and was mostly a disappointment with the Chicago White Sox....Show More Summary

Trade Don't Lie

Is it really almost basketball season, too? Single game tickets just went on sale for the upcoming NBA season, and I ended up snagging some nosebleeds for the Blazers opener against Oklahoma City the other day. Buying NBA tickets in the 90+ degree summer heat really took me out of reality for a moment, though. Show More Summary

Quick Rip - 2012 Topps Series Two Baseball

Here's a quick pack of 2012 Topps Series Two, from a 24-pack retail box I picked up months ago now... Leading off the pack is Red Sox newcomer Allen Craig. Justin Upton back when he was still with the D-Backs. Just a couple of years before this product hit the shelves collectors were going crazy for Stephen Strasburg. Show More Summary

Here we go again: U.S. Mint fights collectors

After all the U.S. Mint has tried to do to make itself more appealing to the collecting community, they are now reverting to their old form and attacking a collectors for owning a coin they claim is “contraband.” The argument is over a 1974-D Lincoln cent made of aluminum that was to be auctions by [...]

2014 Topps Chrome value pack recap

Orange Refractor pack#190 Carlos Gonzalez#114 Sonny Gray#203 Jimmy NelsonPack one#24 Yosmil Pinto#149 Jose Reyes#207 Anibal Sanchez - refractor#204 Dustin PedroiaPack two#22 Taijuan Walker#97 Ian Desmond#102 Matt Moore#58 Anthony RizzoPack three#16 Yadier Molina#CC-MT Mike Trout - Chrome Connection die-cut #214 Jason Heyward#204 Asdrubal Cabrera

Featured autograph - Wade LeBlanc

He failed in his one start audition to fill in for Garrett Richards, but LeBlanc has got some stick-to-itiveness, to be back with the Angels even after being designated for assignment three times this season - his current role is undefined but at least he is a part of an Angels team looking to finish the season strong and make a postseason run.

Cardboard Classics - 2004 National Trading Card Day JS Giguere

How's that for a great shot of the early Ducks' sweaters (back when they were still the 'Mighty Ducks')? Bonus points for the matching pads, and for the fact that Giguere began his career with my beloved Hartford Whalers.

Featured autograph - John Buck

I got this autograph in-person when Buck was still with the Seattle Mariners early this year - Angels starting catcher Chris Iannetta has had a strong season [.372 on-base /.415 slugging] at the plate, but Buck sort of gives the Halos a veteran catcher as an option to rest Iannetta, when Hank Conger hasn't done much.

Featured autograph - Shawn O' Malley

In the team's 14-4 win over the Minnesota Twins, the newest Angel was 2-for-2 with an RBI in his MLB debut - it's nice to have a random in-person autograph I got years ago as a 'new' addition to my all-time Angels autograph collecti...

Good Luck Ducks, Week 2: Sparty Pays a Visit

This is the week that we find out if Oregon has a team this year. I always try to reset my expectations for the Ducks at the beginning of every season. This is based on what I've witnessed in the past, where I've seen teams come from out of nowhere to destroy nationally ranked opponents on national television. Show More Summary

ANA Responds to Kennedy Launch Fiasco

The American Numismatic Association issued a statement on August 28 about the 2014 World’s Fair of Money. As part of the statement, the fiasco of the Kennedy half-dollar gold coin was addressed. Before I add my commentary, I do not blame the ANA or the U.S. Mint for the problems at the Kennedy Half-Dollar gold [...]

My Most Random Post Yet?

One of my favorite weekend morning activities, as nerdy as it sounds, is to brew some coffee, sit down at my desk in my office/hobby room, put on some music, and work on populating my collection on Zistle. Here are a bunch of cards that got inventoried and added just this morning... Show More Summary

Six Pack of Sox from COMC

Work has been flat out, as usual I have roughly five minutes of free time for my hobby at most in a given day, so here's a quick six pack of Red Sox I picked up earlier this year from everyone's favorite hobby site, COMC: This Alfredo...Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2014 Topps #469

Extreme Close-Up!! Extreme Close-Up!! Who is he? Jesse Crain is a right-handed reliever who spent his 10 year career with the Twins and the White Sox. After pitching in relative obscurity (which is generally what happens with non-closer relievers), Crain had a phenomenal start in 2013, leading to an All-Star selection. Show More Summary

No legislative report this month

When the calendar flips to August, my wife begins to complain about the humidity and wanting to go “home” to Maine where she grew up. For me, the kid from south Brooklyn, August begins the last push to the end of the federal government’s fiscal year. With congress out of town, many agencies stop worrying [...]

Assorted former Angels players' cards

A collection of cards I have stuffed in a box somewhere are cards of Angels players whose autographs I still need for my all-time Angels collection - I want to keep cards handy of guys whose autographs I still need in case there is an opportunity to get them signed in-person and/or to have cards set aside for possible through the mail requests. Show More Summary

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