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2002 Topps Tribute Paul Waner #71

I looked for one more card to add to my stash before checking out my cards and found this shiny base card from a 15-year old high-end Topps set - Waner was the 1927 National League MVP with the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the first player in the team's history to be honored with the MVP award.

So Long Rusney? (and Other Cardboard from Dimebox Nick)

Towards the end of last week I found a plain white envelope in my mailbox with a nice Elvis Presley stamp on it. That can only mean one thing, goods from Dimebox Nick! Nick always manages to stuff a great variety of cardboard into just a single envelope, and he certainly did so again this time. Show More Summary

Repack Hits?

Who knew? As I recently teased on Twitter, I bought a few of the drug store variety repack boxes over at Walgreen's on Monday. I was only going to grab one as my reward for running errands that actually involved said drug store, but they happened to be on sale ($3.99!) for some weird reason, so I bought all three that were on the shelf. Show More Summary

Assorted Angels prospects pick ups

The Major League team is mostly down with the exception of Mike Trout and the farm system is barren - perhaps there aren't a handful of 'future Angels' to latch onto before they reach the Major Leagues. After the Angels drafted MattShow More Summary

Yeah, I Guess I Collect Xander Bogaerts

A few weeks ago, a comment left here by Gavin of Baseball Card Breakdown kind of opened my eyes a bit. I had mentioned that I don't player collect any longer because trying to get every card of a particular player is maddening (not to...Show More Summary

This Again

Most Wanted card number 26. There have been a number of Ozzie Smith rookie card facsimiles produced by Topps during this millennium (or Willennium? are we still calling it that?), but nothing beats the real thing. Topps added another...Show More Summary

The Buyback Franken-set Grows By Ten

Let's take a look at another ten buyback cards to see if they make the cut for my newly formed Buyback Franken-set. Spoiler alert, this set is so new for me that all ten cards made the cut since they have no competition yet. It won't...Show More Summary

Orange is the New Black

I've tried watching the show "Orange is the New Black". Not awful, but not exactly my cup of tea either. I think I made it through the first season and then trailed off. Anyway, this post has nothing to do with that show. It's just that...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Fred McGriff

I probably didn't need another certified autograph card of the longtime MLB slugger [I picked one up several years ago] - but the autograph is bold and clean on the baseball material used, so I picked it up for ownage sake. Hopefully...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Albert Belle

I like these certified autograph cards where presumably a baseball is ripped up and the sweet spot [the area between the seams, the preferred spot for single signed baseballs] - is put together to mimic a signed baseball on a trading card. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Chris Coghlan

I picked up a junk auto of the current Chicago Cubs outfielder to add to my award winners collection - the autograph is fairly clean and I like the cutesy design of these framed tobacco sized cards. Coghlan was the 2009 National League...Show More Summary

Where'd the Week Go?

Thanks to a very busy week at work, combined with making the best of the beautiful New England summer we're experiencing, the blog has gone neglected for the past few days. During that time though I did manage to get in my first Sox game of the season on Tuesday evening: A little dark, but not bad for a pic snapped with an iPhone. Show More Summary

Anatomy of a Baseball Card: So Taguchi 2003 Topps Kanebo

Topps goes to Japan, albeit briefly. I am headed up to Seattle this weekend to catch the Cardinals in person for the first time in a very long time. In every Cardinals game I've seen live, my favorite player (Jim Edmonds at the time) was always missing due to various maladies. Show More Summary

A Buyback Franken-set is Born

Buybacks are a guilty pleasure of mine, have been for years. I can see the arguments as to why some collectors detest these, but for whatever reason I love them. Lately I've been accumulating more and more of them, and after recently winning a good size lot on eBay I began wondering how I'm going to store and display these. Show More Summary

2014 Calling

Back to the past with a prize from 2014. For several years running, the preeminent Cleveland Indians blogger (and all-around goofball) David from Tribecards has run a season long pack breaking frenzy that results in his giving away all of the cards at the end. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Francis Patch!

What: 2013-14 Panini National Treasures #CM-RF - Ron Francis Century Materials Patch (#'d /25)Where: eBayHow Much?: $12.95Why?: Game-used/relic cards aren't typically my thing, but in this case I couldn't resist a nice two-color patch with some fat stitching. Show More Summary

2016 Topps Series II hanger box

#620 Daniel Hudson#610 Adam Morgan#446 Tom Murphy #514 Michael Taylor#638 Michael Pineda#519 Kyle Barraclough#676 Jarred Cosart#525 Jurickson Profar#432 Cameron Rupp#411 Brian Matusz#574 Ryan Dull#452 Gerrit Cole#565 Matt Den Dekker#454...Show More Summary

2000 Just Lance Berkman #108

This is the hilarious if un-PC card of Berkman wearing a sumo costume - I'm vaguely aware of this card, I've seen it featured on other card blogs I read and I figured to pick up a copy for myself. The upper left corner is a little warped...Show More Summary

Quarter Box Quartet - Rusty Trumbo

Been a while since I did one of these, apologies for the juvenile post title. Let's take a quick look at four cards plucked from the quarter box at my local hobby shop... Quite frankly I was shocked to find this one in a quarter box in the condition it's in. Show More Summary

Nighttime Night Owl Post

One of these guys isn't a cheating cheaterpants who cheats. For the second year in a row, there's a Lou Brock/Dee Gordon pairing on a Topps Heritage insert, which has thrown me for a bit of a loop as I try to get my checklists in order. Show More Summary

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