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Classic Kaz

As I attempt to return to some form of blogging regularity, one of the most daunting tasks in front of me (as it always seems to be) is getting caught up on the many great trade packages I've received in recent weeks. This is truly a...Show More Summary

80 Cards!

Quantity, not quality? I was in a bit of a buying mood at the last card show I attended, so I decided to sample this year's Bowman by picking up a blaster for $17. Bowman is usually a refreshing change of pace for me after the Topps flagship set has been out for awhile, but I don't usually pay much attention to it aside from a sample pack or two. Show More Summary

1996 UD Blue Chip Prospects Hideo Nomo

Nomo had a substantial MLB career after coming over from Japan more than 20 years ago - he was a phenom, threw a no-hitter at Coors Field, but also went through a period where he bounced around after his first run with the Los Angeles Dodgers ended. Show More Summary

Up-and-Comers on the Cheap - Nick Bjugstad

Time for another round of cheap cards of an up-and-coming NHL star courtesy of COMC! Today's subject is Panthers center Nick Bjugstad. We'll start off with his base Prizm RC, a short print and a card that also fills a hole in my slowly...Show More Summary

2016 Topps Gypsy Queen value pack II

Maybe it's the Gypsy Queen banner in red kind of clashing with the grayish borders but these cards put me to sleep - the base cards don't really pop and seem kind of ugly. I got a value pack from Walmart because the framed parallel pack...Show More Summary

April's Loot

My latest trip to @thelootlocker nets a card as thick as a brick. The end of the month means the rent is due and I have debts to pay. It also means a box of hobby packs and supplies from The Loot Locker. Let's check out what I got this time around.2015 Bowman's Best Normally these packs have 5 cards in them, but mine only had this one in it. Show More Summary

Still Here

What a crazy couple of weeks it's been. I spent 7 days last week and weekend at an intense security-focused IT training and certification program. Essentially 18-hour days of absorbing knowledge under the "trying to drink water fromShow More Summary

Joy of a Completed Set: 2004 Star Wars Heritage

Bought a ton of expensive packs in 2004, didn't come close to completing it.Bought a complete set, one card was missing.Found the last card in a box full of junk last weekend at the flea market.enjoy The entire set is horizontal so I...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Chien-Ming Wang

The 36-year old pitcher picked up his first MLB win since 2013 and there is a MLB human interest story here - about a professional baseball player from Taiwan who once starred for the New York Yankees through the mid 2000s before getting hurt and losing his way. Show More Summary

Anatomy of a Baseball Card: Randy Johnson 1989 Upper Deck

Hornswoggled. I picked up this well known rookie card out of a dime box last weekend. Upon further inspection, it's clear that the card is in less than perfect shape. I could be kicking myself for not grabbing the other copy that was...Show More Summary

2016 Marketside Cheesy Breadsticks

I might not have been looking for the pizza at the right place [or they might not have been at my Walmart yet] the first time I started to hear about this card promo - in a recent visit, I found the Marketside pizza / breadsticks were in the freezer aisle but in an another aisle from the usual pizzas. Show More Summary

2016 Bowman hand collated set

Bowman is the flagship brand of prospects and rather than buying into the product by picking up a blaster and loose packs - I went with the sure thing and for about the same price, went with a full paper 300-card set featuring veterans, rookies and prospects. Show More Summary

Star Wars Wantlists

under construction.......Star Wars Galaxy 1993-2012Series 12 3 14 16 21 23 26 27 30 34 35 37 38 39 41 42 43 4451 52 56 67 68 69 75 83 86 87 90 91 94 106 108 110 114 115 116 119 122 124 125 126 128 130 133 134 138 139 140 Series 2141Show More Summary

2016 Topps Gypsy Queen value pack

Bonus framed parallel packs - the top card was peeking out, so I grabbed this pack. #90 Carlos Correa#68 Anthony Rendon#37 John LackeyPack one#84 Starlin Castro#170 Joey Gallo#171 Taijuan Walker#MVPM-BE Johnny Bench - MVP Minis insert#185...Show More Summary

My First Ozzie Smith Auto

The title says it all. As you may recall, I ran into a rare bit of luck recently and pulled a nice Michael Conforto auto. While my eyes initially turned to dollar signs like one of those greedy guys in the old singing frog Looney Tunes cartoons, I was quickly presented with an offer I couldn't refuse. Show More Summary

2015 Topps Chrome Update - Mission Accomplished

My latest COMC shipment included this Jacob Lindgren from last year's Chrome Update set. Not much of a card on its own, but significant for me because it's the last one I needed to complete the 50-card set!I've been admiring these cards...Show More Summary

O!

Celebrating a Blazers playoff win with a Listia win. I picked this 'Sheed card up off of Listia (yeah, I still use it) the other day, and it was waiting in the mailbox for me tonight when I got home from watching the Blazers/Clippers playoff game down at the local watering hole. Show More Summary

Late to the Party: Heritage Edition

My annual "I finally bought some Topps Heritage" post. Last month's Loot Locker packs notwithstanding, last week was my first opportunity to actually dig in to this year's Topps Heritage set. I don't really sweat the timing of it all, to be perfectly honest. Show More Summary

The Elusive Rite-Aid Repack!

I've been doing a great job in 2016 of sticking to my goal of not buying retail packs and blasters, and so far it hasn't been all that difficult. The thing I enjoy much more though, and find harder to give up, is the $5 repack. They typically have a few of these at the checkout counter of my local Rite-Aid. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Yoenis Cespedes

Tonight I've got an autograph of someone who's stop in Boston was a relatively short one. Doesn't make me appreciate the card any less though. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Yoenis Cespedes! Yoenis was getting traded left and right for a while there, playing for the A's, Red Sox, Tigers and Mets all within a two year span between 2014 and 2015. Show More Summary

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