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A Quick PWE

I'm back from vacation. It was incredibly relaxing. So relaxing, in fact, that I've been having a tough time finding the motivation to get back into my hobby and the blog. Let's get back on the horse with a quick PWE that arrived from Canada not long before I left. Show More Summary

All Numbered

These sports cards from Thorzul all have one thing in common. This spring, Thorzul held a group break that consisted of the contents of a big all-serial-numbered multi-sports lot he purchased. Being both a sucker for grab bags, random chance and things that are serial numbered, I opted in and claimed my favorite teams. Show More Summary

Purple World Series Winners!

I've been chasing some 2013 Red Sox parallel sets, since it's the last season the team was really any good, and I feel like their World Series Championship should be well represented in my collection. In the last COMC order I had shipped, I finally got my hands on some of the 2013 Topps Chrome Purple Refractor parallels I was missing. Show More Summary


Dave H over at Wax Stain Rookie has been making some impressive headway on his 1964-65 Topps hockey collection lately. Enough so that the awesome cards he's been posting have inspired me to grab a few more on the cheap in recent weeks. Show More Summary

Card Show Recap - 5 for $20 Bin

One of my purchases at the card show I managed to make the weekend before my vacation involved a messy chest full of scrambled cards in sleeves and toploaders with a 5-for-$20 sign stuck on it. Certainly interesting enough to get me to sift through the piles for a few minutes. Show More Summary

Series Two Trade Bait

When Big Papi was Medium-Sized Papi. I guess I don't have a lot to say about Series Two, so I thought I'd just throw up some scans of some of the more interesting cards that I don't need. I have a Cardinals want list, a Topps Heritage...Show More Summary

From Delaware to Rhode Island

Without question, the person I exchange the most frequent trading packages with would be Mark Kaz of This Way to the Clubhouse. Aside from being an all-around nice guy, he has his collection digitally organized on Zistle like I do, so...Show More Summary

Au Revoir

This is a "virtual post" of sorts, as I've taken off for a week's vacation in France with my wife. It's a much-needed break from my high stress job, and I'm looking forward to totally disconnecting for a few days. In fact, by the time...Show More Summary

First Half Champions

Banking wins is good, but this team needs to be the best in October. The good times and vibes abound with the Cardinals right now as the team has jumped out to a 50-24 start and a sizable division lead over two very talented teams in the Cubs and the Pirates. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Cal Ripken Jr!

For this week's installment of Signature Sundays, I've got probably one of the biggest names in my autograph collection so far, Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles! I think it was virtually impossible to be a baseball fan growing up when I did and not be a fan of Cal Ripken Jr. Show More Summary

2015 Topps Stadium Club blaster recap II

Pack one #118 Yasiel Puig#253 Hisashi Iwakuma#200 Mike Morse #25 Juan Lagares #152 Jose AbreuPack two#169 Brock Holt #274 Tim Hudson #58 Hunter Pence#102 Cliff Lee#201 Rafael MonteroPack three #22 Ivan Rodriguez#257 Paul Molitor#296Show More Summary

I Bought a Box and Boy Am I Glad I Did!

While running some errands yesterday to prepare for my upcoming trip, I had a couple of minutes to swing by my LCS. Turns out he had just gotten 4 minty fresh hobby boxes of 2015 Topps Stadium Club. Since it was my first day off from...Show More Summary

2015 Topps Stadium Club blaster recap I

I was going to pick up a blaster box of TSC and a 2015 Topps Series II blaster, but somehow I lost my Topps Series II $5 off coupon, so I went with two TSC blasters - in the battle of cards that just came out in the last week or two,...Show More Summary

The Dollar Box Grandma

As I was wrapping up at last weekend's card show, I saw one last monster box on my way to the door that piqued my interest. It was labeled "Autographs/Game-Used/Stars - All Cards $1". The table was actually being run by an older woman who had to have been at least 70 years old. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2013 Topps #364

The ol' underhand toss. Who is he? Carlos Pena was a slugger and a one-time All-Star who spent most of his career with the Tigers and the Rays. He was never known for his defense or for hitting for high average, but his power kept him around the game for more than a decade. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Clay Bellinger

I got Bellinger to sign a card for me after the California / Carolina League All-Star game - his son Cody is a Los Angeles Dodgers minor leaguer and was on the winning Cal League All-Star team. The elder Bellinger played in all of two...Show More Summary

Spring May Be Over, But the Cleaning is Still Going On

White Sox, Padres and Reds (Oh my!) Plus some other teams that no one really collects, I guess? I've been working on a couple of projects and going through my entire collection to pull cards for a couple of people who are very deserved over the past couple of weeks. Show More Summary

Vintage Goods from Commishbob

I've been enjoying the work of Commishbob over at The Five Tool Collector for a long time now, but until recently we'd never interacted personally. Well, that all changed when Bob dropped an impressive array of vintage Red Sox cardsShow More Summary

Card Show Recap - I Love the '70s

This past weekend I had the good fortune to attend a local sports card show, which is a rarity for me. I would say this is probably the third one I've made it to in the past year, and before those three it had been a good long time.Show More Summary

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