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The Handoff

Cards were exchanged. Gavin of Baseball Card Breakdown recently worked out the rare in-person card exchange with me, as we met up like business people during the hustle and bustle of the workday. (Actually, it was more of a handoff,Show More Summary

Dimebox Red Sox - Summer of 2017 Edition

Now that I've finally processed all the great buyback cards I received over the summer from my buddy Dimebox Nick, it's high time I gave some blog love to the awesome stack of Red Sox cardboard that was included in the same bubble mailer. Show More Summary

Another Season in the Books

Kolten Wong & Co. sign off on 2017. For the second straight year, there was a bit of a premature end to the Cardinals baseball season. The playoffs are coming up, and after the Wild Card games I will likely throw my support behind another...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - My Finest Bogaerts

Yesterday the Red Sox clinched the AL East for the second consecutive season, the first time they've won back to back division titles since divisions came into existence. Seems like an appropriate time to post one of the best XanderShow More Summary

2017 Bowman Platinum fat pack breaks

I hadn't seen these Walmart exclusive cards all year long and I assumed the display box put out in the card section with a set number of fat packs, value boxes and collector's boxes - were either wiped out as soon as they were stocked on the shelvesor just never made it to the few Walmarts I kept hitting up. Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 5: Familiar Foe

Oregon hosts former coaches and players in Eugene. The Ducks will try to rebound from a myriad of mistakes tonight after suffering a tough loss at Arizona State last Saturday. Key receiver Charles Nelson was out with an injury and it was heavily felt as Oregon managed to convert only one third down. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Kin Completes a Page!

Today's buybacks arrived in the mail as a complete surprise to me. They're from Kin, who blogs over at I Feel Like a Collector Again. Kin's had some truly impressive buyback lot pick-ups of his own lately that have made me green with...Show More Summary

Time to Let It Go

The season is over for the Cardinals, whether I like it or not. As a totally biased observer, sometimes it's hard for me to understand why there's little love for the Cardinals franchise these days from outside of the fanbase. But I do get it. Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Mike Krukow

The longtime broadcaster for the San Francisco Giants signed my cards in several months - Krukow's career in the booth with partner Duane Kuiper and dealing with a condition called IBM is detailed in-depth in this ESPN story I stumbled upon through Krukow's page on Wikipedia.

One Ring to Rule Them All...

As a kid, my absolute favorite book was The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I must have read the hardcover copy I received from my parents as a gift at least ten times cover to cover. Obviously being such a fan of that one, I got into the...Show More Summary

1950 Bowman - Post #4 - Cliff Fannin

It's actually been a few months since I featured a new 1950 Bowman card, but I do still intend to passively collect this set. Seems as good a time as any to get back to it! Today's subject is card #106 on the checklist, featuring St....Show More Summary

One Card Post - Mr. Whaler on the Penguins

What: 2016-17 Upper Deck Fleer Showcase '92-93 Ultra Buyback #163 - Ron Francis (#'d /25) Where: eBay How Much?: $5.00 (Canadian, plus shipping)Why?: Why not is a better question! Francis is one of the most under-rated athletes in the history of sports if you ask me. Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: David West

The former big league lefty signed my cards in several months - he had his best run in parts of 4 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he appeared in 122 games and struck out 217 batters in 251.2 innings. I guess I knew of him...Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Greg Harris

The former MLB pitcher signed my cards in a couple of weeks - besides having a 15 year career, Harris' most notable big league quirk was being able to pitch with both arms.

TTM autographs received: Xavier Hernandez

The former big league reliever signed my cards in about 10 days - rather than just being some sort of chicken scratch scrawl, I like how his autograph is a little more distinctive.

TTM autographs received: Byung-Ho Park

The Korean slugger signed my three cards in black Sharpie in about a couple of weeks - I'd seen successes with him through the past year and wanted to send my cards off before the minor league season ended. Despite considerable success...Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Last of the Batch from Dimebox Nick

Today I've got the last of the large batch of buybacks that I received this summer from Dimebox Nick to evaluate for inclusion in my franken-set. Let's dive in! 1991 Topps #731 - Jeff Gray A Red Sox buyback is never a bad way to start out, and this is an interesting one, too. Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 4: Sun Devil's Night

The Ducks enter conference play unfazed and undefeated. All things considered, the non-conference portion of the Oregon Ducks 2017 football schedule could not have been better. Sure, some injuries occurred, but after 3 games the Ducks lead the nation in scoring and number of rushing touchdowns. Show More Summary

A Sunday Blaster, Brought to You By COMC

It's been a while since I did one of my "COMC Blaster" posts, but I had some time to pull and scan this morning so let's get down to it! The basic idea here is to see how far the $20 I could have spent on a blaster from my local Target goes on my favorite hobby site on the internet, COMC. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: More from Dimebox Nick!

Let's take a look at some more great buybacks I received this summer from Dimebox Nick, shall we? 1960 Topps #139 - Carl Mathias Coming out of the gate strong tonight with a Rookie Star subset buyback from 1960 Topps. Carl's career consists of just 29 innings across two MLB seasons, and he lost his only two decisions. Show More Summary

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