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The World Needs a Retro Donruss Studio Set

Topps can conjure nostalgia for a wave of collectors just by opening a random file cabinet in its overstuffed HQ and producing a legacy design series like Archives or Heritage. And yet, the 13-year-old in me still thinks that nothing beats 1991's "sophisticated," "artistic," and high-cheese-quotient Studio. Show More Summary

2014 America the Beautiful Quarters® Rolls and Bags – Arches National Park

The third quarter to be issued in 2014 and the 23rd overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Rolls and Bags – Arches National Park pay tribute to the beauty of one of Utah’s red rock wonderlands. Its reverse (tails) depicts Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural arch. […]

Featured autograph - Joe Thatcher

He denied me last Sunday as he finished up taking pictures and was heading back to the clubhouse at the Angels' season ticket holder photo day - however, I was able to get him to sign my card [albeit one picturing a current/former Angel in another MLB team's uniform] to add to my all-time Angels autograph collection.

Airbrushed Fridays: 2014 Topps #446

The last man standing of Oakland's Big Three. Who is he? Tim Hudson has been one of baseball's most solid starting pitchers over the last decade and a half. Alongside Barry Zito and Mark Mulder, Oakland's starting pitching staff was one of the most feared in the game. Show More Summary

An ancient dilemma

During a time where disinformation is a product of hyper-partisanship, it is difficult to write about issues without feeding into the conspiracy theories of the day. The problem with conspiracy theories is that there are so many moving parts and so many people who would have to cooperate that when you really think about their [...]


Injuries are taking their toll. As the saga of the long season continues, it seems like trainers and medical staff are making more on field appearances than the manager at this point. Yadier Molina, far and away the most valuable player of the team, became the latest to go down with a significant injury last night. Show More Summary

Featured autographs - Chad Tracy

While not an immediate priority, I purchased these signed cards for $2.50 each, because they are parts of sets I'm trying to get signed bit-by-bit - Tracy was with the Angels in spring training, but didn't make the team and then retired as a player back in April. Show More Summary

100 card blister repack

I haven't busted any sort of repacks in a while - the Albert Pujols card piqued my interest, even if I should have left the $3.99 blister at the card section.Section 1 of the blister2012 Topps Heritage Jayson Werth #HP 46 - retail black...Show More Summary

Four Cards in Five Words or Less

Minimum verbosity. Inka binka, bottle of ink. Always injured. Two-time All-Star. Best player in the NL.Thanks to 2x3 Heroes for another mighty fine PWE!

The Ultimate Hockey Card Set - Card #44

Wow, has it really been nearly two years since I last selected a card for my Ultimate Hockey Card Set? Since it's been a while, I'll give you the quick breakdown on what this is. The rules are simple, I'm building a virtual franken-set of all the best cards in my collection by number. Show More Summary

2014 Herbert Hoover Presidential $1 Coin Rolls, Bags, and Boxes

The third 2014 Presidential $1 Coin pays tribute to Herbert Hoover, our 31st President. This circulating quality Presidential $1 Coin honoring Hoover is offered in 25-coin rolls, 100-coin bags, and 250-coin boxes. These products are available today! Image/Copy U.S. Mint

Last Call for Trade Bait

Get 'em while I got 'em! I was thinking I wasn't quite getting the response I was hoping for with my Trade Bait link and haven't updated it in awhile. It turns out that part of the lack of response could be that the link has been broke for who-knows-how-long. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Bill Singer

I picked this autograph through the SCN fs/trade section for $5 along with a group of 10 other in-person autographs I needed for specific card sets - I'm not really into buying autographs, but I'll pick up a few impulsively if I canShow More Summary

Why Stamps?

The Kat Ran Press has released a new book, Why Stamps? by Ivan Chermayeff. As part of its "Essays in Philatelics"series it focuses on the philatelic work of type and graphic designers. Ot her books in the series include Designing the Mentoring Stamp, Notes on Postage Stamps, Postage Stamps and Philatelic Atrocities. Show More Summary

Thorzul Group Break Results

Any time you wind up with a serial numbered Chuck Finley card, things are golden. Late in the spring, Thorzul held a group break where he divvied up a bit lot of craziness that he purchased online. I haven't participated in many group...Show More Summary

June Legislative Update

At the beginning of each month, I like to provide my readers with a progress with coin or coin industry-related legislation being considered in congress. For the third time this session, there were no new coin-related bills introduced and those that have been submitted have not seen any legislative action. Considering congress has begun their [...]

2014 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set

The 2014 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set is a prized addition for any collector. Each 14-coin folder includes uncirculated quality versions of the following 2014-dated coins: four Presidential $1 Coins; five quarters from the...Show More Summary

A Shot in the Foot

Archaeologist Paul Barford, a self-appointed spokesperson for the archaeological lobby and crusader for the views of Cultural Property Nationalists, is well known to those who follow cultural property matters in cyberspace. The typically...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - "Just When I Thought I Was Out...They Pull Me Back In!"

If you check in here even occasionally, it should be no secret to you that the Panini Classics Signatures autographs were my absolute favorite hockey cards released during the 2012-13 collecting season. They were really my number one...Show More Summary

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