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Airbrushed Fridays: 2015 Topps #626

The trade deadline is upon us. Who is he? Hanley Ramirez was once upon a time a top prospect in the Boston Red Sox system. Very early in his career, he was dealt to the Marlins where he'd become a three-time All-Star shortstop. A few trade deadlines ago, he found himself on the Dodgers where he would reignite his flagging career. Show More Summary

Sox, Soccer & Stickers (from Shlabotnik)

It's funny how the blogosphere works. Sometimes a new blog pops up, and it seems like I'm in touch with the author and arranging a trade almost instantly. Other times, I enjoy a blog for years before ever making contact with its owner. Show More Summary

1995 Upper Deck Rules - A Case Study

1995 Upper Deck is one of my favorite baseball sets of the '90s. Recently I opened up a retail pack that was so packed with star power and great photography that I just had to share it here. 12 glorious, full-bleed photos, let's see who's inside... Show More Summary

Getting Spring Cleaning In Order

A trade post on a late Mon... wait, Tulo got traded?! Angels fan Tom from "The Angels, In Order" is among the latest to send over some stuff in exchange for his participation in my Spring Cleaning event. We actually completed this swap a couple of months ago, but such is life when you're in perpetual catch-up mode. Show More Summary

Pedro Martinez, HOFer

Pedro Martinez is the best pitcher I've ever had the pleasure to watch in person. Now that he's officially enshrined in Cooperstown, it seemed like the perfect time to show off a small batch of new Pedro cards I recently received from reader Jeff S. Show More Summary

2015 Topps Archives Will Ferrell #WF-3

I picked up the Angels themed insert card of a comedian who can probably buy an island or two because he makes a living acting like an imbecil plenty of times over - I'm not completely oblivious about his career as an entertainer, but maybe Ferrell is just one of those 'fan favorites' whose fandom may seem inexplicable at times.

Signature Sundays - Jarome Iginla

With the way the Red Sox have been playing since the All-Star break it's really tough not to start looking ahead to football and hockey season. Let's do just that, and take a look at one of the more interesting Bruins autographs I've...Show More Summary

What's in my LCS stash - 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen

For my mini-collections, cards like this one present a problem of sorts - do I save it for my 'awesome action' mini-collection or do I add it to my 'hats off' mini-collection. Maybe the common sense solution is to go with the dominant...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Conor Gillaspie

For the Angels, Gillaspie is nothing but a warm body to fill in for the injured David Freese at third base - if Gillaspie does anything with the bat, then perhaps he sticks around as a utility guy who can fill in at a few spots.

2015 Topps Allen and Ginter pack

#144 Brandon Belt#1 Madison Bumgarner#13 Koji Uehara#MM-19 Sphinx - Menagerie of the Mind insert#305 Chris Carter - mini#346 Shin-Soo Choo#260 Hunter Pence#250 Jimmy Rollins

The Stadium Club Roller Coaster

Right before I left for vacation a month or so ago, I splurged and picked up a hobby box of Topps Stadium Club. I was fortunate enough to pull this Kris Bryant Black Foil parallel in my box: These parallels fall at just two-per-box, and with Bryant as hot as he is in the hobby I knew it was a decent card to land. Show More Summary

The Drive Towards 5,000 - A Contribution from Tony

Next up in the queue for a thank you post is Tony from the fantastic blog Off Hiatus Baseball Cards. We've exchange cards at least a couple of different times now, and his latest delivery was a huge help towards my goal of 5,000 unique Boston Red Sox cards by year's end. Show More Summary

1989 Score Paul Gibson #595 find

I never thought I'd drop some serious coin actually a few bucks and change for a junk wax era common of a bespectacled lefthanded relief pitcher in 2015 - however this is the error version of the card where the player in the background maybe in the middle of adjusting his cup. Show More Summary

Dice Back?!?!

The latest in the seemingly never-ending back and forth series of PWEs between Rhode Island and Delaware arrived a couple of weeks ago now. Yup, my friend Mark Kaz from This Way to the Clubhouse strikes again... The most interesting card in the package was this Victor Martinez from 2010 Topps Heritage. Show More Summary

Oddball Listia Find

This is the Eighties-ist. I know that many have given up on Listia, but I still find it to be an occasional source of interesting finds. Even better (at least for me), I've been able to get rid of thousands of doubles and some junk wax era stars while making the folks at Big Postage Stamp very happy. Show More Summary

Pumping Iron with Peter McCall

I think this might be my new favorite soccer card. Just awesome.

The Flea Market $10 Sack o' Joy.

I love flea markets. I especially love the flea market in Laurel, Delaware -- about 20 miles southwest of the Stale Gum Southern Command. The Laurel Junction Flea Market is a socioeconomic experience that, if you're ever in the neighborhood, you need to see for yourself. Show More Summary

The Butterfly Effect

I’ll give you three guesses as to what’s on the back of this Felix Hernandez card that I (and by “I” I mean my 5-year-old daughter from whom I hijacked this card to write about it on a blog) received while at Safeco Field during a Mariners game. Show More Summary

COMC6 - From Lindros to Betts

Not much time today, so let's enjoy another half dozen cards randomly plucked from my latest COMC shipment... A nice mid-'90s SP insert of Eric Lindros. This is my second card from this insert set, both coming from COMC and both setting me back just $.50. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Finest?

Got a couple of new autographs for my Red Sox collection that have come in this past week to show off today, both from 2015 Topps Finest... Here's the standard autograph of $70 million AAA player Rusney Castillo. There's still time for...Show More Summary

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