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Signature Sundays - An All-Time Great Defenseman

For this week's Signature Sundays post I've got a recent hockey addition that I'm really excited about. If you check in here from time to time you may have already seen me mention and show off a couple of '92-93 Fleer Ultra hockey buybacks. Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 11

Day #11: "One of your favorite cards from the 1970s." Without thinking too hard about it, I'd probably go with Kurt Bevacqua's 1976 Topps #564 Bubble Gum Blowing Champ card - I like it because it's an odd, quirky card from a flagship set. Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 10

Day #9: "One of your favorite cards from the 1960s." 1967 Topps Nolan Ryan / Jerry Koosman #177 rookie card - I chose this card because it's the key mainstream card of a dominant strikeout pitcher who I felt peaked as a national superstar in the early 1990s. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Will Clark & Friends

Back at it with the buyback franken-set here today, and leading off with a card that represents both one of my favorite sets and one of my favorite players from childhood: 1990 Topps #100 - Will Clark I was excited to land this particular...Show More Summary

No Time, No Time, No Time

Work has been brutal lately, and the result is that I'm on pace for the fewest number of posts of any month in the last two years. Hopefully I'll find some relaxation time soon here. In the meantime here's a recent eBay pick-up. Love these Star Wars Tek acetate beauties.Well, as the post title time, no time, no time.

Some Old Throwbacks

I enjoy these older new sets fashioned after much older cards. Mr. Haverkamp was the big winner way back in January for the annual Cards on Cards bowl pick 'em dealie, and as a big thanks for his prize, he sent me a big stack of old cards from sets I collect. Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 9

Day #9: "One of your favorite cards from the 1950s" 1955 Bowman Eddie Waitkus #4 - I was thrilled when I found a copy of this card at my LCS back in 2015. The write up on the back of the card spells out Waitkus' comeback - after being shot by an apparent stalker.

New Logo, Old Cards

On a day where the Trail Blazers new logo was leaked, here's a look at some old cards. Nike is taking over the NBA apparel contract starting next season, and with that comes the inevitable changes in uniform designs and logo tweaks.Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 8

Day #78: "A card that reminds you of a family member." Baseball card collecting has been a self-absorbed hobby for me, where I don't know if any particular card reminds me of a family member - I'm not so sure about the details now, but 1990 Donruss reminds me of my mother and the first time, I got my first full box of cards. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: You Know You Have Too Many Buybacks When...

After scaring everyone away with a soccer card yesterday, let's return to regular old baseball to start the week. Here's ten more buybacks to be evaluated for the franken-set project... 1986 Topps #10 - Tony Gwynn I'll lead off withShow More Summary

Signature Sundays - Adam Lallana

It's been close to a month since I did a "Signature Sundays" post here on the blog, so I think I'm about due. Given that I'm spending a relaxing Sunday morning enjoying a warm coffee and watching the Liverpool/Southampton Premier League match-up it seemed like the perfect time to dust this one off... Show More Summary

What I've Been Collecting

It's been all about my buyback franken-set project here on the blog recently, for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I'm just having a blast with it, but secondly I have a lot of buybacks already in my scans folder and quicklyShow More Summary

TTM autographs received: Al Kaline

The 82-year old Kaline signed my cards in blue Sharpie in 10 days - he is a fairly consistent TTM signer, even though I've read he can be grumpy in person and at times signs a sloppier 'Angry Al' version of his autograph. I've been holding...Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 7

Day #7: "A card you bought in person and the story behind it." 1977 Topps Tony Armas / Steve Kemp / Lopez / Woods RC #493 - a copy of this card may have been the first I've sought out to purchase at a card shop. When I started getting...Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 6

Day 6: "A card you spent more than $10 to get." 2015 Panini Elite Extra Edition Yadier Alvarez #/100 die-cut auto [$14.99 BIN plus $2.95 s/h] - I picked this certified autograph card up from eBay since the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect is a flamethrower with ace potential, ranked No. Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 5

Day 5: "A certified autograph card of one of your favorite players." It's not a pack pulled autograph, but it is certified and slabbed by PSA/DNA, so after scratching my head to come up with a card to post - I've settled on this 1996 Score Zenith Kirby Puckett #149 signed through the mail just about 20 years ago. Show More Summary

Talkin' 'Bout Thames

Step right up and get a piece of the latest sensation. As many of us have probably done recently, I dug through my boxes of cards that don't fit my collection to see if I could dig up any Eric Thames cards. After spending a few years in Korean pro ball, the former Blue Jays draft pick is back in the States and tearing up MLB pitching. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Crossing the 400 Card Threshold

Tonight marks another milestone in my buyback franken-set project, as this lot of cards including a HOFer, and one of the more controversial personalities in the history of the game, takes me over the 400 card mark in my set pursuit! 1989 Topps #680 - Gary Carter We'll start with the guy who's enshrined in Cooperstown, the great Gary Carter. Show More Summary

The Bowman Blahs

Bowman arrives right about the time we're sick of everything else. I wouldn't say I look forward to Bowman every year, but it usually provides a nice temporary diversion from the collecting calendar. It also seems to always have theShow More Summary

2017 Bowman value pack recap

The basic cards maybe an afterthough, but they are nice - it may not be a thing Topps is actually going for, but I like the idea that Bowman looks a little different, with a focus towards the future, rather than being conservative and boring. Show More Summary

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