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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

Unusual coin denomination: the spesmilo

I had been previously unfamiliar with the Spesmilo symbol. It apparently was only used on a single 'coin', a 1912 fantasy issue of the Esperanto congress. (The NGC web site lists examples in MS60 and XF40). According to Wikipedia the...Show More Summary

Counterfeit US currency by MrMouse sold online

According to a blog post by Brian Krebs, a counterfeiter (or middleman) who goes by the alias MrMouse is selling high quality US notes at 45% of face value, payable in BitCoin. MrMouse says his single-ply bills do not have magnetic ink, and so they won’t pass machines designed to look for the presence of this feature. Show More Summary

Featured autographs - rank and file guys

Chris Colabello - he had a card in 2013 Topps Update Series; had a good start in 2014 but then turned into a pumpkin; I got him to sign a couple of cards someone provided and I kept one. Danny Farquhar - the guy who has had the mostShow More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 1959 Topps #278

Airbrushed Fridays returns after a short hiatus with a card from one of my favorite sets. Who is he? Chuck Essegian was a scrub, but he is one of only two people in the world who can rightly say they participated in both the World Series and the Rose Bowl. Show More Summary

On Second Thought—a chance for rule of law?

The SAFE endorsement of Britain's Article 11c of Council Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 at first blush might seem lacking in forethought. Here we have major cultural sites being demolished wholesale by civil war in Syria and Britain responds by prohibiting import, export and transfer of Syrian antiquities that would be preserved by caring collectors. Show More Summary

Cardboard Classics - Campanella Legends Variation

Today I've got a card for your viewing pleasure that I drooled over years ago when I first saw it. One of those that I've always had in the back of my mind and would occasionally search eBay for ever since. Earlier this year I finally found a copy for a price I was happy with: This is one of those legends variation cards from 2009 Topps. Show More Summary

Quick Rip - Two More Packs of 2009 O-Pee-Chee Baseball

I'm still digging out (or scanning out, rather) from the tremendous packages I received from a couple of generous folks over the past two or three weeks. In the meantime, I've got another quick pack rip for today. On the menu for this afternoon we've got 2009 O-Pee-Chee baseball, from a discount blaster I picked up back in May... Show More Summary

A Trade Post For No Reason

A fellow collector asks "do I need a reason??" The answer, of course, is no. Jeff from 2x3 Heroes sent me an out of the blue stack of cards. He is one of the ones that I send out of the blue stack of cards to, so this seems appropriate. Show More Summary

The Perfect Blaster - 2014 Allen & Ginter

It finally happened.After years of ripping blasters I finally got the Perfect one.This one right here: Don't misunderstand me here, there are many different varieties of Perfect. If I got an entire Braves team set with inserts out of a blaster that would be perfect. Show More Summary

Kick start a challenge

Did you ever want to be part of creating and issuing a coin? Think about how you would feel to help a community create a challenge coin for itself. In the process of helping the community, you can collect one of these challenge coins for yourself. If you provide enough assistance, then you can own [...]

A Damaged Olerud Leads to a New Yaz

A while back I saw a really great John Olerud Bazooka card on one of the many blogs I read. I don't even recall where it was any longer, but I know that I wanted a copy of my own as soon as I saw it. A few weeks later I found a very reasonably priced copy on eBay with free shipping and the card was mine. Show More Summary

Quick Rip - 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Retail

No time for cards today, so here's a quick retail pack of 2014 Allen & Ginter that I opened this past weekend... Probably (and sadly) my favorite card in the pack... This Jose Altuve insert is being sent to the state of Texas in a trade package today! Here's my mini, a black-bordered Cub. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Miracle on Ice (and Bonus HOFers)

Back to the Panini Classics Signatures well again this week, I've got a Montreal Canadien and a couple of Bruins... A couple of Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe, quite a few Stanley Cup Championships and enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Show More Summary

A Little Bit of Everything

I couldn't seem to find even five minutes to post this week, and I'm way behind on thanking a few generous folks, as well as sending out numerous trade packages. While I work on some of these things today, here for your enjoyment isShow More Summary

Jim Carrey Gets His Own Stamp

Jay Bigalke writes on the website, "Five funny Canadians are being honored Aug. 29 on new commemorative permanent stamps from Canada Post. The five stamps in the Great Canadian Comedians set pay tribute to Jim Carrey, MikeShow More Summary

Random cardboard picked up

2014 Bowman Platinum Jonathan Gray #BPP 122014 Bowman Platinum Henry Owens #BPP 252014 Donruss Austin Jackson #293 - Silver Press Proof serial #'d 083/199 2014 Donruss Mat Latos #284 - Gold Press Proof serial #'d 64/992014 Donruss Salvador...Show More Summary

Ball So Hard

Tom Brookens, 1989 Donruss NOTE: Don't ask me about the stain because I don't know TOM BROOKENSWATCH THE THRONE "BALL SO HARD WANNA FINE ME"LET'S CHECK THE HIGHLIGHTS Y'ALL Idled during '84 pennant stretch for Tigers due to pulledShow More Summary

Bargain Blaster

Featuring the familiar One Exclusive Patch Card Inside! I had a $5 off coupon burning a hole in my pocket and finally put it to good use last weekend. Along with my first dip into 2014 Allen & Ginter territory, I also snagged a 2014 Topps Series 2 blaster at a more affordable price. Show More Summary

Losing Garrett Richards

I cringe as I imagine the lack of starting pitching options available to the Angels after losing Richards Wednesday night - while I'm hoping the beat goes on, it's going to be a wild ride watching the 2014 Angels try to win the American League West and/or get into the playoffs through the wild card without their ace. Show More Summary

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