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March Loot

The latest @thelootlocker installment came with a big hit. I'm going with an abbreviated version this time around as two of the packs of my latest Loot Locker were my first two 2016 Topps Heritage packs. I always make it a point to collect this set, so I'm sure I'll have plenty of ink to spill (or keys to smack) about it as the year goes on. Show More Summary

Opening Day Trade Package - Round 2!

Yesterday I posted a trade package to celebrate the first Red Sox game of the season. Unfortunately, thanks to Mother Nature, that game did not take place. Today they finally played game number one though, so let's try this again! Today's...Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Aaron Nola

The Philadelphia Phillies pitcher signed my two cards in black ink - I mailed this out in early February and got it back on Opening Day. There doesn't seem much to Nola's autograph, though I'm glad I got my request back sooner than later - the 22-year old looks to be the ace of a rebuilding Phillies team.

Results, Results, Results

Did you win? Did I? Contest results and Group Break results from @allstarboxbreak March Radness is over! It's April already and it's probably already time to go out and mow your lawn. Villanova dropped North Carolina on a buzzer beater tonight, and now there are prizes to be distributed.In 1st Place was reader Danny L. Show More Summary

Opening Day Trade Package!

The Red Sox will be kicking off their 2016 season in just a few short hours with a 4:10pm EST start time against the Cleveland Indians. Seems like the perfect day to post the contents of an all-Red Sox trade package I received a while back from Jeff at Wish They Still Came With Bubblegum. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Xander Bogaerts (and Opening Day Bonus Material)

The 2016 baseball season is finally upon us, which to me means it's officially spring. True, it snowed maybe 2" here today, which is odd, but when compared to its predecessor this past winter in New England didn't seem so bad.To celebrate...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Ji Man Choi

Choi has made the Angels Opening Day roster and while it is hard to guess whether or not he'll actually stick - may he get the opportunity to play a little bit and perhaps be a 'find' for the Angels.

Bourqued!

I'm severely overdue in thanking my friend Marc B for the latest PWE of hockey cards he shipped my way. I've finally gotten the cards scanned, cropped and added to my online inventory on Zistle, time to show them off on this rainy Saturday... Show More Summary

One Card Post - Stengel

What: 2007 Upper Deck #89-CS - Casey Stengel '89 Upper Deck Insert Where: COMCHow Much?: $.75Why?: Casey Stengel doesn't seem to get as much hobby love as some of the other old-timers, but when I saw this awesome image I was sold immediately. Despite setting me back less than a dollar, this is arguably my most interesting Stengel card, and I've got a '52 Bowman!

6 Shocking Trading Cards That Finally Turned Me into a Cubs Fan

Actual cards from actual envelopes. First of all, welcome to April. (It's just past midnight on the west coast.) It's funny to me that it's becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between clickbait and parody these days, so...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Cole Hamels

I was able to get Hamels to sign this 2013 Topps Archives set card - because of his accomplishments as a big league pitcher, there has been superficial interest in getting his autograph, though I've never really had a chance to see him actually sign in-person until recently.

Card Show Cards - Dollar Box Grandma

A few weeks ago now I had the good fortune to attend a local card show. I posted the first portion of my spoils earlier this month, time to wrap it up with the rest today. Today's round of pick-ups is brought to you by the woman I've...Show More Summary

A Slew of Score!

I've learned that for the most part, I'm not a retail wax guy. It's very tempting whenever I'm in Target to cruise through the card aisle by the registers and take a peek at what's in stock. More often than not though, when the pack ripping is done I haven't had quite as much fun as I envisioned when I plopped down $20 plus tax. Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Pat Combs

Former MLB pitcher Pat Combs signed my cards in about two weeks - he signed each card with a Bible verse and personalized one of the cards.

I Must Be in the Front Row

Certified awesomeness. Trade packages have been coming in fast and furiously of late, which means I have a lot of organizing to do. Fellow NL Central blogger Tony from Off Hiatus has sent me some great stuff in the past, so why should...Show More Summary

One Card Post - '59 Giel

What: 1959 Topps - #9 - Paul Giel Where: COMCHow Much?: $.65Why?: After watching the Bruins once again display their utter inability to put the puck in the net tonight, I'm starting to look forward to baseball season already. This Paul Giel is in better shape than most of the cards in my slowly growing '59 Topps set, so 65 cents seemed like a fair enough price...

Bubblegum and Radness

Your weekly Radness update, plus baseball cards. We're down to the Final Four in the big college basketball tournament. Were it not for North Carolina holding off Notre Dame, we would have seen all four #1 seeds go down in the same round. Show More Summary

2016 Donruss blaster box break recap

There are just enough wrinkles that makes 2016 Donruss a little different alternative besides the usual Topps flagship or Topps Heritage - for at least the casual baseball card collector, who can embrace the quirks of a non-MLB licensed baseball card product. Show More Summary

Catching Up with Trade Posts

Today I've got another great trade package to show the contents of, this one from Jared of Catching Up With Collecting. This package is baseball-heavy, which is perfect with just one week to go until the first Red Sox game of 2016!Jared sent a whole slew of Red Sox cards my way. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Golden Nugget

What: 1997 Metal Universe - Mining for Gold #3 of 10 - Nomar Garciaparra Where: Central Sports Cards, Pawtucket, RIHow Much?: $.25Why?: Leave a die-cut Nomah insert from one of the gaudiest sets of the '90s behind in a quarter bin? I don't think so!

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