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Normie Himes - Ice King!

For whatever reason, I tend to subscribe to the 'save the best for last' philosophy. I guess I like anticipation and build-up. With respect to this blog though, that attitude sometimes results in me withholding an absolute favorite card for months and months, in some cases longer. Show More Summary

2014 Warren G. Harding Presidential $1 Coin Rolls, Bags and Boxes

The first 2014 Presidential $1 Coin pays tribute to Warren G. Harding, our 29th President. This circulating quality Presidential $1 Coin honoring Harding is offered in 25-coin rolls, 100-coin bags and 250-coin boxes. These products are available today! Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint

2014 Donruss pack breaks x4

I like baseball cards in general and I happen to live in a loop where I have to seek out new baseball card products - I picked up four packs [$3.50 each from the card shop] to see what they would look like. Even though these cards aren't...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Tony Esposito!

After a nice Willie O'Ree auto last week, we'll stick with hockey for today's Signature Sundays post. A few weeks ago I showed off a Mike Bossy autograph that I obtained from Casey (formerly of Drop the Gloves, now House of Oglethorpe). Show More Summary

Support Your LCS - Baseball and Hockey Grab Bag Edition!

I've been out of some hobby essentials (like toploaders) for a week or two, and yesterday afternoon I finally found some time to swing by the only remaining reputable (in my opinion) hobby shop in my area. Since I was picking up supplies I took a look around of course, like any good collector would. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2013 Topps Update Series #US96

Hey hey hey HEY! Who is he? Mark DeRosa, jack of all trades, was a utility guy that was a key bench player on a number of Braves teams early in his career. He finally got a shot at a full-time gig in a three year arc that included stops in Texas and Chicago. Show More Summary

Trading with Chavez Ravining

A slick trade with one of life's many Dodgers fans. I've been trying to follow the blogs and do as much reading in my spare time as I can, but a busy daytime work schedule gets in the way. (Is there a good mobile option for reading these...Show More Summary

Cardboard Classics - 1992 Whitehall Babe Ruth Hologram

Just a quick one today as Thursdays are my long, 14-16 hour workdays. I pulled this from a 100-cards-for-$5 repack a week or two ago, and I thought it was kind of cool. I'd never seen these 1992 Whitehall "Legends to Life" holograms before (although I'm sure those of you who buy repacks more frequently than I do might have). Show More Summary

Free U.S. Postal History Booklet

Want to learn more about the postal history of the United States?A free copy of The United States Postal Service - An American History, 1775 to 2006 is available for download by clicking here.

The Lost Years

We used to have so many brands. The second jumbo sized package from Howard in the past few months was comprised almost entirely of Cardinals cards from brands that don't exist today (i.e. not Topps) and from the years I couldn't call myself a card collector. Show More Summary

2014 America the Beautiful Quarters® Rolls and Bags | Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The first quarter to be issued in 2014 and the 21st overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Rolls and Bags – Great Smoky Mountains National Park pay tribute to the beauty of one of Tennessee’s treasured sites. Its reverse design depicts a historic log cabin found within […]

20 Interesting Facts About The U.S. Post Office

Ariane Lange posted on the BuzzFeed website 20 Facts That Will Shatter Your Perception Of The U.S. Postal Service. Among these are... - Although mail was delivered directly to individual houses starting in 1863, mailboxes or slots weren’t required everywhere until 1923. Show More Summary

Indian government officials seize hoard of 104 'pottu kasu'

Writing for The Times of India, Bosco Dominique tells us that Indian government officials seized a hoard of gold (?) 'pottu kasu' weighing roughly five sovereigns. I am uncertain what pottu kasu is. Google translates it as 'spud benefits'. Show More Summary

Why I Paid $4 to Ship a Single Common (& Your Olympic Champions!)

A recent comment left by a reader of this blog led me to tracking down, at long last, the final card I needed to complete my 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro parallel set! After five plus long years, card #368, Gilbert Brule, arrived in my mailbox this past week: I know, not the world's most exciting card, but to me it's priceless. Show More Summary

When Did Repacks Get Good?

Value in a blind grab blister pack? I've read a number of things about repacks lately and was finally bored enough in a Walgreen's to buy something I usually know better not to. I tend to stay far away from the type of repacks that offer nothing to random chance, as in the ones that don't contain actual factory sealed packs. Show More Summary

Jimi Hendrix Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

A stamp featuring music icon Jimi Hendrix will be issued March 13 in Austin, Texas according to an by Jay Bigalke that appeared in Linn's Stamp News.According to Jay, "The pane of 16 stamps will look like previous Music Icons issues,...Show More Summary

$409,200,000 of Bitcoins stolen, Mt. Gox shuts down, one million people lose account balances

Cameron Keng writes for Forbes that the Mt. Gox web site has been hacked and shut down. 744,000 BitCoins, until recently worth over $400 million USD, were hacked. As far as I can tell there is no way to get the coins back. One million folks kept accounts, called 'wallets', on the site. Bitcoins are trading now for US $490 (as of 9:15am), down from over $600 yesterday.

National Money Show starts on Thursday

One of the numismatic events of the spring season is the American Numismatic Association National Money Show. The 2014 show is set to begin on Thursday at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta. Technically, I believe the area is in Smyrna, but the politics of Atlanta’s sprawl has areas around Atlanta but not in Atlanta calling [...]

Joy of a Completed Set - 2003 Rittenhouse Star Trek The Animated Series

In the middle of a February Funk, but I want to post some damn thing so people don't send out search parties for me so here's a completed set. The scans are missing a card but I have since acquired that card and about 2-3 more complete sets of this stuff and enough partial sets to bip the hell outta someone. Show More Summary

I still love small local shows

One of the things I noticed over the last few years are the proliferation of local coin shows in Maryland. Part of the reason is an ambitious dealer finding areas to put on shows and do what it takes to make them successful. The idea is simple: you have inventory that is not making money [...]

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