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Featured autograph - Greg Bird and Tyler Austin

Greg Bird was named the 2014 Arizona Fall League Most Valuable Player - I got him to sign a few times and his limits would generally vary from signing one to three cards at a time. Tyler Austin is a great autograph signer - though he...Show More Summary

MORE that "the scholars said"

Annointed scholar David Knell expressed an erudite opinion on a recent Paul Barford blog regarding the prices realized at a recent auction of artifacts owned by the St. Louis Society, a chapter (at least at the moment) of the American...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Aaron Judge

This was a card given to me by my buddy when I didn't have anything for Judge to get signed after a game in Scottsdale during the Arizona Fall League - my quick impression of Judge is he's a gentle giant, maybe just a humble sort who is fairly down to earth [for a prospect]. Show More Summary

The Finest a Junkie Can Offer

When the chips are down, the Internet gives me Chipz. Awhile back, I made a plea for some Topps Chipz. I really like the things, but I was bummed that I didn't have any Cardinals. I can now claim to be the proud owner of two Cardinals...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Matt Reynolds

In the Arizona Fall League this past fall, I got the sense a lot more players were 'one per' and/or basically didn't want to stop and sign all the time - Reynolds was one of those players who picked his spots and I only got him to sign [on a couple of cards in two separate times] in my last AFL trip. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Brad Ausmus

Ausmus was an 'extra guy' I got during a game at Camelback Ranch in my last Arizona Fall League trip - I actually picked up the 2006 Topps Turkey Red from the card shop near the ballpark [during my first trip to the AFL], but didn't get the card signed until my second AFL trip.

Royal Mail Promoting Its Christmas Stamps on Side of Postal Vans

Linn's Stamp News reports in November, Great Britain’s Royal Mail began advertising its Christmas stamps (shown above) on its postal vans. According to the article, "In a press release dated Nov. 10, Royal Mail reported that the images of the stamps will be displayed on approximately 1,500 vans used in 26 towns and cities around the United Kingdom. Show More Summary

First Female U.S. Postmaster General Named

According to an USPS announcement, "The United States Postal Service Board of Governors announced today that Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Patrick R. Donahoe has decided to retire February 1, 2015, after 39 years with...Show More Summary

A Fantastic Rack Pack

I didn't even have to use my A.K. I was having a pretty lousy Monday (yesterday) when I stopped at the Rite Aid for some cans of soup and some beverages. Rite Aid is a pretty sad place to look for cards, but there happened to be a couple of 2014 Topps Series 2 rack packs on one of the endcaps, calling my name. Show More Summary

Offseason Cards from Off Hiatus

A big trade today doesn't stop the trade posts. Another big batch of cards I needed came through the door recently, courtesy of Off Hiatus Baseball Cards. Tony may be a fan of a team that I really wish would go back to the American League where they belong, but he runs a great blog and is a great trader to boot. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2010 Topps #344

Altered photos on baseball cards for the masses. Who is he? Brett Myers was a serviceable member of the Philadelphia Phillies rotation for the better part of last decade (whatever we are calling that). He was a member of the World Series winning 2008 team, though he struggled for much of the season and lost his only World Series start. Show More Summary

Featured autographs Raisel Iglesias and Nick Howard

Neither guy had any actual cards out yet, so I got them on the same dual blank card from the The Autograph Card - both Cincinnati Reds pitching prospects, Iglesias was a Cuban free agent signed to a MLB contract this past summer and Howard was the 19th overall pick in the 2014 First Player Draft.

An auction hunter’s lesson

Over the weekend I attended an estate auction that included coins for sale. While my new business venture concentrates on all vintage collectibles, I am still a collector and continue to look for those interesting items and the good coins to add to my collection. As I was looking over the lots I noticed one [...]

Featured autograph - C.J. Edwards

I was able to make a couple of trips to the Arizona Fall League this year and after getting my cards signed by the Chicago Cubs pitching prospect my first trip - I ended up printed up two images for him in my last go-around to the AFL. Show More Summary

2014 Topps Update four pack break

I was really looking for loose packs of 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks since the product just came out - but I didn't immediately see them, yet I was itching to bust some packs. I really should have just saved the $8 I spent...Show More Summary

Corey Kluber and 2014 MLB award winners

This was probably supposed to be a post having a small stash of Kluber signed cards from a minor league game or spring training perhaps - as is, I can't immediately find anything autographed by Kluber and despite being confident I had his scribbles on a few cards, I guess an unsigned 2014 Topps will have to do for now. Show More Summary

Vintage baseball card display #2

During a pit stop at the McDonald's by the Salt River Fields in Arizona, I was wandering around and found a couple of baseball card related displays - this was the second featuring assorted baseball cards. It's easier to do quick research...Show More Summary

Douglas Strikes Again - Part II - #4 Postage

It may have taken me weeks to post Douglas' prior trade package, but I think I've made up for it with the speed at which I posted this one. These cards arrived in my mailbox just yesterday, all the way from Canada, and here they are for your viewing pleasure... Show More Summary

Douglas Strikes Again - Part I - Want List Damage

A few weeks back, before things got really hectic for me, I received yet another generous package of cards from none other than Douglas of Sportscards from the Dollar Store. Keith Acton In Action. Has a nice ring to it. Douglas' latest envelope of generosity puts me more than 10 cards closer to an '82-83 O-Pee-Chee set. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - MacInnis & Bucyk

Two more HOFers this week as I close in on the end of my 2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures autographs. First up is defenseman Al MacInnis. Al lasted 23 long seasons at the NHL level, all of them spent with the Flames and Blues franchises. Show More Summary

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