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TTM autograph received: Scott Kingery

The Philadelphia Phillies prospect sign my cards in about three weeks c/o his minor league team - after hitting a combined 8 home runs in parts of two minor league seasons, the second baseman has slugged over 20 home runs between AA/AAA this year.

Buyback Franken-set: 1990 Topps Gets Slaughtered

Between the trip to Portugal and my new friend Leo, I haven't managed a single buyback franken-set post in over three weeks. I still haven't managed to find any time for scanning, but thankfully I have one last batch of ten sitting in my drafts folder from before I left for vacation. Show More Summary

A Side Trip

A few cards from the other sports. I've been pretty baseball focused this summer, both in my online activities and general collecting pursuits. I'm working on (for the second time in a couple years) going through all of my Cardinals collection so that everything is online and the data is easy to access. Show More Summary

TTM autograph received: Pete Schourek

The former big league lefty signed my cards in about four weeks - with regards to retired MLB players who seem to be nearly forgotten once they stop playing, I'm kind of mostly familiar with the guys who came up through the early 1990s, maybe towards the tail end of the junk wax era. Show More Summary

Random 2017 Topps Archives '1992' finds

I visited a card shop to see if I could sample some packs of 2017 product - with individual packs [2017 Topps Allen and Ginter, 2017 Donruss Optic] reaching $5 however, I opted to buy some supplies [penny sleeves, magnetics and other holders] and loose cards from the quarter bin instead. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Jahmai Jones

Jones, a 19-year old Angels outfield prospect was promoted to Inland Empire 66ers and I was able to get him to sign a couple of cards - before his first game in the California League.

Welcome to the Club

Stadium Club, that is. Topps is in the 4th year of their Stadium Club revival (let's just forget all about that mess in 2008), and their latest effort just hit the streets recently. With the baseball card aisles completely devoid ofShow More Summary

Breaking News - Shoebox Legends Hires an Assistant!

I've been back from vacation for a few days now, but despite my best efforts I've had zero time for the hobby outside of keeping up with my reading of all of your wonderful blogs on the rare occasion that I get five minutes of time to myself. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Blake Rutherford

Rutherford is the centerpiece player among a trio of prospects [Ian Clarkin and Tito Polo are the other two] - sent to the Chicago White Sox by the New York Yankees in exchange for Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. I was...Show More Summary

When Did You First Learn the Word 'Collate'?

Don't everybody answer at once, now. I've traded with Steven from Collating Cards before, but this was the first time I'd dealt with him since he took an interest in Pacific Northwest teams, specifically the Mariners. I usually seemShow More Summary

2017 Topps Stadium Club blaster recap I

I picked up a couple of blasters online in case the big box stores ran out - or I'd be a little self-conscious.Pack one#46 Trayce Thompson#170 Ryne Sandberg #SCC-31 David Price - Chrome #33 Yadier Molina#155 Corey SeagerPack two#293Show More Summary

TTM autograph received: Mike Timlin

The former big league reliever signed my cards in about 3 weeks - in his 18-year playing career, Timlin played for six teams and was part of four World Series championship teams between the Toronto Blue Jays [1992 and 1993] and Boston Red Sox [2004 and 2007].

TTM autograph received: Don August

August signed my cards in about three weeks - he was the 17th overall pick in the 1984 MLB draft and spent four years in the Major Leagues as mostly a starting pitcher who finished with a W-L record of 34-30.

TTM autograph received: Jeff Reardon

The former big league closer signed my cards in about three weeks - in the 1990s, I vaguely remember him going for some sort of save record, though in the time since, he has been lapped by other relievers.

The Market is Crazy Right Now

Spare some change for some cards, bro? It took me longer than it should have to realize why the local retail stores (Target, mostly) are out of pretty much everything baseball in the dreaded trading card area. Prices are getting ridiculous for pretty much anything related to Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, so the product is drying up. Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Greg Booker

The former reliever for the San Diego Padres signed my junk wax cards in about two weeks or so - though Booker played in parts of 8 seasons in the big leagues, how he got there and stuck around may have been in question at different points in his pro baseball career.

More Star Wars Buybacks!

Last week I showed off my first couple of buybacks from the Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary set, and today I have the next pair for you... First we have a Tusken Raider, riding a bantha on Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine. As a kid watching the original films these were some pretty intimidating evil dudes. Show More Summary

TTM autograph received: Roberto Hernandez

The former big league closer signed my cards in about a couple of weeks - I must have gotten his autograph at least once during his 17-year playing career, though I don't know if that was actually the case, so I figured to send him some cards.

Out of Office

If all went according to plan, I'll be driving around the country of Portugal with my wife at the time this post goes up. I'm looking forward to a much needed vacation from the stresses of life, and to exploring a country that I've never seen before. Show More Summary

Envelopes upon Envelopes

Many Heritage cards stuffed in multiple envelopes. Not content to just send a few cards in one PWE when I was looking for extra Topps Heritage cards to fill my collection needs, reader Jeff stuffed several envelopes full of bunches of Heritage cards. Show More Summary

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