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Here we go again: U.S. Mint fights collectors

After all the U.S. Mint has tried to do to make itself more appealing to the collecting community, they are now reverting to their old form and attacking a collectors for owning a coin they claim is “contraband.” The argument is over a 1974-D Lincoln cent made of aluminum that was to be auctions by [...]

2014 Topps Chrome value pack recap

Orange Refractor pack#190 Carlos Gonzalez#114 Sonny Gray#203 Jimmy NelsonPack one#24 Yosmil Pinto#149 Jose Reyes#207 Anibal Sanchez - refractor#204 Dustin PedroiaPack two#22 Taijuan Walker#97 Ian Desmond#102 Matt Moore#58 Anthony RizzoPack three#16 Yadier Molina#CC-MT Mike Trout - Chrome Connection die-cut #214 Jason Heyward#204 Asdrubal Cabrera

Featured autograph - Wade LeBlanc

He failed in his one start audition to fill in for Garrett Richards, but LeBlanc has got some stick-to-itiveness, to be back with the Angels even after being designated for assignment three times this season - his current role is undefined but at least he is a part of an Angels team looking to finish the season strong and make a postseason run.

Cardboard Classics - 2004 National Trading Card Day JS Giguere

How's that for a great shot of the early Ducks' sweaters (back when they were still the 'Mighty Ducks')? Bonus points for the matching pads, and for the fact that Giguere began his career with my beloved Hartford Whalers.

Featured autograph - John Buck

I got this autograph in-person when Buck was still with the Seattle Mariners early this year - Angels starting catcher Chris Iannetta has had a strong season [.372 on-base /.415 slugging] at the plate, but Buck sort of gives the Halos a veteran catcher as an option to rest Iannetta, when Hank Conger hasn't done much.

Featured autograph - Shawn O' Malley

In the team's 14-4 win over the Minnesota Twins, the newest Angel was 2-for-2 with an RBI in his MLB debut - it's nice to have a random in-person autograph I got years ago as a 'new' addition to my all-time Angels autograph collecti...

Good Luck Ducks, Week 2: Sparty Pays a Visit

This is the week that we find out if Oregon has a team this year. I always try to reset my expectations for the Ducks at the beginning of every season. This is based on what I've witnessed in the past, where I've seen teams come from out of nowhere to destroy nationally ranked opponents on national television. Show More Summary

ANA Responds to Kennedy Launch Fiasco

The American Numismatic Association issued a statement on August 28 about the 2014 World’s Fair of Money. As part of the statement, the fiasco of the Kennedy half-dollar gold coin was addressed. Before I add my commentary, I do not blame the ANA or the U.S. Mint for the problems at the Kennedy Half-Dollar gold [...]

My Most Random Post Yet?

One of my favorite weekend morning activities, as nerdy as it sounds, is to brew some coffee, sit down at my desk in my office/hobby room, put on some music, and work on populating my collection on Zistle. Here are a bunch of cards that got inventoried and added just this morning... Show More Summary

Six Pack of Sox from COMC

Work has been flat out, as usual I have roughly five minutes of free time for my hobby at most in a given day, so here's a quick six pack of Red Sox I picked up earlier this year from everyone's favorite hobby site, COMC: This Alfredo...Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2014 Topps #469

Extreme Close-Up!! Extreme Close-Up!! Who is he? Jesse Crain is a right-handed reliever who spent his 10 year career with the Twins and the White Sox. After pitching in relative obscurity (which is generally what happens with non-closer relievers), Crain had a phenomenal start in 2013, leading to an All-Star selection. Show More Summary

No legislative report this month

When the calendar flips to August, my wife begins to complain about the humidity and wanting to go “home” to Maine where she grew up. For me, the kid from south Brooklyn, August begins the last push to the end of the federal government’s fiscal year. With congress out of town, many agencies stop worrying [...]

Assorted former Angels players' cards

A collection of cards I have stuffed in a box somewhere are cards of Angels players whose autographs I still need for my all-time Angels collection - I want to keep cards handy of guys whose autographs I still need in case there is an opportunity to get them signed in-person and/or to have cards set aside for possible through the mail requests. Show More Summary

Red Sox from Jared - Catching Up on Trade Packages

I recently executed my very first trade with a new name here in the blogosphere, Jared of Catching Up with Collecting. Jared's a Red Sox fan so he was already an okay guy in my book, but then his trade package arrived and just cemented...Show More Summary

They Almost Brought Back Slurpee Discs

What, no extra fun with your cheap sugary drink? Amidst the excitement and confusion of another excellent package sent to me by The Junior Junkie, I became fixated one particular object that fell out of the package. There was this round, lenticular thing... Show More Summary

Random Binder of Awesomeness - Page 1

One thing that I'm always looking to improve on is storage and display of my collection. My collecting interests are so varied, and I have so many random cards, that it can be a challenge to keep them organized but also enjoyable and easy to view. Show More Summary

2014 Donruss II value pack recap

Top section #259 Patrick Corbin #338 Matt Adams #332 Madison Bumgarner #325 Francisco Liriano #317 Brian McCann #308 Jose Fernandez #330 Brandon Belt #322 Cole Hamels #313 Yovani Gallardo #356 Doug Fister #354 Anthony Rendon #351 YuShow More Summary

Counterfeit 25 peso coin lab in the Dominican Republic

According to Dominican Today (no byline),... Police... dismantled an underground laboratory being used for forging 25 peso coins, following a raid on a house in the Sabana Perdida neighborhood of Santo Domingo North.... According toShow More Summary

Marc B Destroys My '82 Topps Want List!

I've been slowly chipping away at the 1982 Topps baseball set for what seems like forever now. It might not be the best baseball set of the '80s, but it's fairly high up there in my rankings. It's possible that I am biased by the fact...Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 1: South Dakota?!

The Oregon Ducks begin another football season with renewed title hopes and one of the top rated players in the game. Pinch yourself. Rub your eyes a few times. Stare out your window in disbelief, if you will. It's, gulp, football season again. Show More Summary

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