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Not Airbrushed Friday: Trick or Treat!

It's my birthday, so I'm going to put you to work for me. Maybe you'll win? Here's the deal: it's my birthday and I don't feel like I should be put to work on my birthday. That means no inspired (ha!) Airbrushed Fridays post from me....Show More Summary

Beam Me Up

Hey, it's my birthday! (Almost.) Impromptu contest forthcoming.

My Oscar Taveras cards - a final look

His potential is what makes his untimely passing a tragedy in the sense that baseball fans care - who knows now what he could have done with a full season in the major leagues? He could have lit the league up on fire through the next 5-10 years, he might have been a star, All-Star or superstar but now he is gone. Show More Summary

Ring Leaders' Leaders

Terry Pendleton, 1995 Stadium Club Ring LeadersStadium Club CEO, Hank Freck: Gentlemen, today is the first day of the rest of our baseball card lives. Today we begin designing the Ring Leaders series that is going to set the world on fire.Stadium club execs: (cheer)Hank Freck: I want no expense spared, and I want no wasted space. Show More Summary

2014 World Series recap

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning their third World Series championship in five years - I wonder how Los Angeles Dodgers fans feel at the moment when they haven't won squat in nearly 30 years. It's amazing thatShow More Summary

2014 Topps Stadium Club mini box recap #1

Pack one #164 Ryan Braun #136 Jason Kipnis #177 Eddie Murray #84 Aroldis Chapman #184 Cliff Lee Pack two #152 Nelson Cruz #43 Pedro Martinez #FA-7 David Wright - Field Access insert serial #'d 91/99 #188 George Brett #27 Lou Gehrig Pack...Show More Summary

Rip City Is Back

Oh, and there's that whole World Series Game 7 thing, too. I have tickets to the Blazers season opener tomorrow night (or basically tonight by the time you are reading this) and I couldn't be more excited. I usually go to about a dozen games a year, give or take a few, but I don't talk Blazers a lot on this blog. Show More Summary

2014 World Series blues

I have watched little of the 2014 World Series - I don't remember sitting around to watch any particular game on TV and I feel like I'm not really missing anything. Maybe I check on the box score on ESPN when I can but I've pretty much...Show More Summary

Thoughts on Update

Topps Series 3 is out, and here are some cards I purchased! I spent more money on cards last Saturday than I had the entire summer combined, and that included my first pack purchases from 2014 Topps Update. I bought 5 loose (Target)Show More Summary

Stickey Sox from '67

A while back I was fortunate enough to land a small lot of stickers from the 1967 Topps Red Sox set. I don't see these around my neck of the woods that often, so when I had a chance to jump on some at what came out to around $6 each I couldn't resist. Show More Summary


Trying to make sense of where the cruelties of life intersect with a game played with a stick and a ball. I wasn't able to find the words to say about the awful car wreck that took the life of Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend yesterday, and I'm not sure that I've got them now. Show More Summary

Fairfield assorted 20 pack repack mix #2

This box didn't end up having as much juice as the first repack box - though the cards may not be worth much individually, the nicer cards came out of the five 2013 Topps Archives packs. 2008 Upper Deck Spectrum#69 Nick Swisher#84 Felix...Show More Summary


Top prospect Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend killed in a car accident.

Fairfield assorted 20 pack repack mix #1

I'd read blog posts talking about the hits pulled from the 20 pack boxes at Target and was feeling impulsive, so I grabbed two $19.99 boxes for myself - in the window of a couple of boxes I saw, there were multiple Topps Allen and Ginter's packs, multiple Topps Chrome packs and multiple Archives packs. Show More Summary

A Chrome Blaster

Let's get this blog business back on track with a box of shiny Chrome cards.I don't normally buy many Chrome cards because they leave you very short-handed on the cards-per-dollar spectrum, but they almost always look really nice. Topps...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Gainey, Park & Cheevers!

I'm closing in on the end of the Panini Classics Signatures autographs that I've been fortunate enough to acquire, and this week I've got another great trio of Hall of Famers to present... First up is Bob Gainey, who has wonderful penmanship. Show More Summary

2014 Topps Update jumbo pack recap

I figure I'll end up busting at least one loose hobby jumbo pack of the latest Topps / Bowman offerings - whether or not the odds are in my favor picking up only one lone pack, I assume there is still a better chance to pull anything of note in hobby. Show More Summary

A Rainbow of Red Sox

I'm apparently a total sucker for a good colored parallel card. Even though Topps has flooded the market with these things in recent years I still seek them out. In my last COMC shipment alone I realized I had enough to complete a rainbow of Red Sox. Show More Summary

Dog Food and Baseball Cards - My First 1954 Red Heart

When I think of oddball baseball cards, I usually picture the many great sets released in the '80s by brands like Post, Kay-Bee, Woolworth's, etc. In that great decade of collecting, sets were produced by a range of random companiesShow More Summary

Quick Rip - Two More Packs of OPC Baseball

Why not rip a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee baseball while I watch this horrific Patriots/Jets game. I knew I should have stuck with Bruins/Canadiens... 6 cards per pack, here's the first... Awesome card, my favorite photo in the pack right out of the gate. Show More Summary

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