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Buyback Franken-set: Miscuts & More

Ten buybacks to evaluate today, in what will be the first buyback post of the new year, and the penultimate post sourced from the large buyback lot I've been working through in recent weeks... 1967 Topps #518 - Denis Menke We come out of the gate with a pretty severely mis-cut Denis Menke courtesy of 1967 Topps. Show More Summary

Ringing in the New Year with Prizm & Pumpsie

Happy New Year everyone! I'm going to kick the year off right by highlighting one of the larger and more amazing trade packages I received in all of 2016, from my friend Douglas, aka Sportscards from the Dollar Store. I actually received...Show More Summary

Happy 2017!

Happy New Year! As we begin a new year, we should look forward to better times for our hobby, our nation, and our world. I wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2017 and hope that you find the key coin of your dreams! Images courtesy of the U.S. Mint.

Want the last Weekly Numismatic World News test run?

In October, I asked if there was an interest in receiving a newsletter of containing the coin, currency, and bullion-related stories I find on the Internet that is being reported in the non-numismatic media. With a significant number of you who responded with interest, I decided to move forward to see what I can do. […]

Quick catch up…

Last I reported, I had travelled to Philadelphia to see the students at Juaniata Park Academy that we raised money to visit the U.S. Mint and Federal Reserve. I did make it to the school despite the flat tire and other problems my Chevy Avalanche experienced along the way. We did have a one-hour visit […]

Correction and Update on Jeppson’s position at the Mint

I recently found out that I have been wrong about the employment status of Rhett Jeppson, the current Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint. Previously, I said that Jeppson is a member of the Senior Executive Service, the government executive program. He is not. Jeppson is was appointed by the President of the United […]

Philly students visit Mint and Fed

As you know, I took on a project to fund a trip for the sixth grade class of Juniata Park Academy of Philadelphia so that they can visit the Philadelphia Mint and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to learn more about their money and how it plays into their everyday lives. I received a note […]

Save now for the 2019 Apollo 11 Commemorative Coins

Every year since coming into office, President Barack Obama and his family packs up and flies to Hawaii for an end of the year vacation. Obama was born in Hawaii and still has some family on Oahu. Before leaving Washington, he will sign whatever bills are sent to him by congress. According to the White […]

Return of the Centennial Gold Merc

The U.S. Mint announced that they will sell off the remaining Mercury Dime 2016 Centennial Gold Coin starting at 12 Noon Eastern Time on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Although the website says the price is $200, it is likely that the opening price may be $205 based on the U.S. Mint Centennial Gold Price Grid […]

Royal Canadian Mint celebrates Star Trek’s 50th

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. I admit to being fascinated by space and space travel. This has to go back to my watching […]

Apollo 11 commem bill passes Senate

On Friday, December 9, during an early evening session under suspension of the rules, the Senate passed the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 2726). Since the bill was passed in the evening, it will be engrossed. When a bill from congress is passed it is then engrossed. Engrossing a bill is the […]

Godspeed, John Glenn

Over the years, society has started labeling people heroes for doing something as minimal as their job. While some of these jobs require a heroic sense of self, like running into a burning building to save trapped people, they are really not heroes. We should remember that these people do an extraordinary and dangerous job […]

The Perfect Card to Close Out 2016

2016 sucked. Terrible things happened to everyone but you gotta just roll with the punches and move on. I've never really posted a 'most wanted' or 'white whale' list but if I had this card would have been on it. 2016 in all it's badness threw an opportunity to pick this card up at me recently so I took it. Show More Summary

What I’ve tried to do in 2016 - my PCs

At the start of the year, I had a set of collecting goals I never got to posting - maybe it's a little too long-winded to try and go over what I did and didn't do, so I'm just going to summarize some of the things I've tried to prop up as far my own collecting projects. Show More Summary

A Shiny End to the New Year

Plus contest results and more! The year is winding down, and like any other year, I'm way behind in some trades and blogging about trades. The good news is that there's a whole 'nother year ahead of us, unless we all get nuked to oblivion before this time next year.The contest-within-a-contest, the Belk Bowl prediction game is over, and wow... Show More Summary

2016 Panini Elite Extra pack break

Did I really want to buy a pack of cards that cost as much as a blaster box [?] - the configuration for this year's EEE product is there are only five packs in a box with less base cards to fiddle with, but more hits to sort out, presumably for case breakers who may end up doing group breaks. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Kenta Maeda

I picked up a certified autograph card of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher - since he ended up as another scratch the itch guy whose autograph I haven't gotten a chance to get. The Japanese import made a seamless transition to the major leagues - as he struck out 179 hitters in 175 innings, while winning a team high 16 games for the Dodgers this past year.

Sometimes You Get McDavid, Sometimes You Get Crouse

Each year I tend to pick up just a single retail blaster of Upper Deck's flagship hockey release around the holidays. I guess it's habit more than anything, I haven't completed this set in years but I like to get a small sampling and it's always fun to rip open some packs for a change of pace. Show More Summary

Odd surface on presumably fake coin

I show here two coins from the same die pair. The high grade example is a Bulgarian replica of a Neapolis stater. The damaged example was sold as genuine on eBay this spring. This replica shows up being offered from time to time as genuine. Show More Summary

2016 Topps Update Series #US159

I found this Edwin Encarnacion all-star subset card and I had to pick it up for my star on star cameo collection - the card is pretty transparent, featuring an image from the 2016 MLB All-Star game where Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners and Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros show up. Show More Summary

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