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TTM autographs received: Bryn Smith

The former Major League pitcher signed my cards in 7 days - though I've ended up with his junk wax era cards over the years, I've never had bothered to send him a TTM request until recently. From what I've seen, Smith has always had a bold and legible autograph - so I wanted to check him off my TTM list of random guys who've generally been good signers.

Buyback Franken-set: Crossing 700 Thanks to 1990 Topps!

Today's post is unique in that all ten candidates for franken-set induction come courtesy of the very first baseball set I collected as a kid, 1990 Topps. Recently a seller on eBay had a 10-for-$4 buyback special, with the ability to tack on unlimited additional buybacks beyond the first ten for 40 cents each. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Blake Parker

This signed 2010 Topps Chicago Cubs Franchise History subset card [#511] probably doesn't mean much - but I remember getting it signed by Parker in his first full season in the big leagues in 2013. After bouncing around the waiver wire...Show More Summary

My cardboard of doom - organizing inserts

Presumably my collecting life will be over at some point - so what would someone make of the remains of what animated me? Would the snapshot be of someone who managed to have some cool stuff and knew what he was collecting or would the...Show More Summary

Failed Buyback? Miscut Weirdo

This is one goofy card. One of the weirder cards I've received in the mail is this 1961 Topps Curt Simmons card, in all of its miscut glory. Unfortunately, I neglected to remember who it was that sent me this, but I set it aside thinking that Topps has some serious problems. Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Gary Pettis

The former Angels outfielder signed my cards in black Sharpie in about three weeks c/o Houston Astros - where he is the third base coach. Pettis as an all-world center fielder and while he didn't hit much - he got on base at a decent enough clip, was a speedster and in his prime, no one matched his prowess as a defender. Show More Summary

This Week in Envelopes

Actually, one of them is from last month. Don't tell anyone. I use plain white envelopes as my primary delivery vessel for my Listia auctions (yup, I'm still doing that) and have achieved a more than 99% success rate as far as my calculations can take me. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Vintage Run

Today's buyback franken-set post is vintage-heavy, with every one of the ten cards featured originally from 1969 or earlier. Let's (hopefully) add some nice older buybacks to the binder here! 1969 Topps #135 - Tommy Davis A smiling Tommy Davis kicks off today's post. Show More Summary

2017 Panini Stars & Stripes USA Baseball Longevity box

From what I roughly assume, these were the retail version of the 2017 Panini USA Stars & Stripe product - I picked up a box online for about half of what the hobby versions are going for. I think these boxes still go for about $50 at...Show More Summary


Series Two: It's the next series after One. Peter from Baseball Every Night just hosted what was essentially a free group break, with the participants just covering the shipping. This is a very generous thing to do. I have done a couple...Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 30

"Your favorite card in your collection." 2000 Upper Deck SPX Sandy Koufax #SK - SP Chirography autograph. Even though it's nearly 20 years old, this certified autograph doesn't really give off the 'classic card' vibe - it's a modern card picturing an old-timer long after his career was finished. Show More Summary

Whaler Ink from Douglas!

My small hiatus from the blog just so happened to coincide with a few surprise envelopes/mailers showing up here at Shoebox Legends headquarters. As a result I'm a bit behind in thanking folks, and more importantly returning fire. Today...Show More Summary

1988 Topps Cello

Last year I opened a wax pack of this stuff, hoping to find cards for my then-unfinished 1988 Topps set. Time has passed, and there's still a huge empty space in my box. No, I didn't make a want list for the set quite yet, as it would be too embarrassingly large. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Rod Langway

I've been away from the blog here for about a week, the first time I've taken a hiatus of that length for quite some time. Life has just been incredibly busy, but with good things thankfully. It has actually felt really nice to step back and take a break, but it's time to get back in the saddle today with a quick autograph I landed recently. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Brendan Rodgers

After hitting.400 for Lancaster in the California League, the 20-year old shortstop - is 1-for-9 in 2 games for the Hartford Yard Goats in the Eastern League. Rodgers is one of the elite prospects in all of baseball, though according...Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 29

"A favorite card from before 1950, whether you own it or not." 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner - while this card is only attainable when you own a MLB team or at least be in the same financial level, for any random collector of any era, the narrative behind this card is hard to ignore.

TTM autograph received: Devon Whyte

The former Angels outfielder signed my cards in black Sharpie in about three weeks c/o Buffalo Bisons - where he is the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays AAA team. I think he has intermittently coached with various MLB organizations...Show More Summary

A Sad Day for America

Today, Friday June 23, 2017, The Financial Services Committee of the House of Representatives held a hearing entitled "The Exploitation of Cultural Property: Examining Illicit Activity in the Antiquities and Art Trade." This is certainly a worthy topic of consideration, though the tone is not exactly what the title implies. Show More Summary

What happened to the Debate?

I was disappointed not long ago when I heard that Ann Coulter's scheduled talk at Berkeley was cancelled by the university and the conservative Young America's Foundation that had sponsored her. The action was taken in response to serious concerns about student and project-sponsor safety. Show More Summary

TTM autograph received: Wayne Causey

I don’t remember when I bought his 1967 Topps card, but unfortunately the adhesive on the lip of a team set bag got briefly stuck to the card and caused paper loss - I sent it out just to get some ink on it and it was signed nicely in blue ink in about a week or so. Show More Summary

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