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One Card Post - Museum Collection Bubble

What: 1995 Pinnacle #128 - Ken Griffey Jr. - Museum Collection ParallelWhere: eBayHow Much?: $4.99 (plus $1.95 shipipng)Why?: Why not? I've always considered this one of the more recognizable cards of the '90s. I've wanted a copy of the Museum Collection parallel for a long time now, so when one popped up for $5 at the tail end of last year I jumped. Show More Summary

Featured autographs - Brandon Laird

At various points last year I had three of Laird's American cards just lying around and I'm thinking what am I going to do with his cards - I didn't even know he ended up in Japan. After brief stints with the New York Yankees and the...Show More Summary

Trying Something Different

Cutting the flagship out of my life. This is the time of the year that I'm supposed to be excited about brand new cards, but I'm trying something different here. I'm just not excited about it anymore, and buying new packs of Topps Series Whatever over the years has come to feel like more of an obligation than anything intriguing. Show More Summary

2016 Topps Series I 72-card hanger box

#327 Anthony Rizzo #190 Jeurys Familia #328 Anthony DeSclafani #163 Joaquin Benoit #115 Aaron Harang #269 Giancarlo Stanton #77 Clay Buchholz #158 Henry Urrutia #15 Ryan Howard #26 AL Home Run Leaders - feat. Davis, Cruz and Trout #289 Nick Hundley #126 Papi and the Prince - feat. Show More Summary

Sticky Whalers

The most recent trade package I received from longtime friend of the blog Douglas Corti, aka buckstorecards, contained enough Hartford Whalers stickers to coat a Trapper Keeper! In fact, inside was close to an entire team set of 1988-89 Panini Stickers. Show More Summary

2015 Topps Allen and Ginter X set

I've typically picked up a hand collated set of the regular Allen and Ginter as my personal 'flagship brand' to get random in-person / TTM autographs on - there might have been a point where picking up a 2015 set was something I wasn't going to do anymore since I maybe burnt out on trying to attempt to do particular sets. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Not Everyone's an All-Star

Not everyone gets to be elite in their sport. For every Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan or Mike Trout there's a host of mediocre to decent players. To me, these guys are just as interesting, and I appreciate everyone who has left their mark (however big or small) on the sports I enjoy. Show More Summary

Old, New, and Everything in Between

Today I finally found a few minutes to scan, crop and inventory the latest PWE from one of my most frequent trading partners, Joe Shlabotnik of The Shlabotnik Report. I never know what cards await me in one of these, and once again Joe...Show More Summary

2016 Topps Series I 36-card jumbo pack

I picked up a retail jumbo and a 72-card hanger box of this year's flagship product - as seen on other card blogs and eBay, I like how Topps has incorporated many unique images in a card design that feels a bit different than in past years. Show More Summary

$10 and One Hour at the Hobby Shop

Yesterday afternoon I had exactly one free hour and managed to make it by my local hobby shop for the first time in at least a couple of months. 2016 Topps was in stock, but I stayed strong to my recently revised collecting approach and passed on that. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2014 Topps #622

Two weeks until pitchers and catchers report. Two weeks! Who is he? Dexter Fowler is a speedy outfielder who came up in the Rockies system after Colorado made him their 14th Round draft pick back in 2004. His most productive season at the plate came in 2012, but he was known for having a severe home/road split like many Rockies hitters before him. Show More Summary

The Loot Locker, Looted

A review of my January purchase from @thelootlocker I've never belonged to a X of the Month Club, so I recently took the plunge and decided to sign up for a box of stuff: baseball card stuff, as it turns out. For the price of a blaster,...Show More Summary

Finest Refractors are the Finest Refractors

Baseball card collectors went crazy when Topps first introduced refractors with their 1993 Finest release. To this day, those early Finest refractors are some of the most sought after cards of the decade. I don't have any of those to...Show More Summary

The History of The Baseball Card Blog

Ten years seems like a good time for a recap. Here goes nothing.The Baseball Card Blog was born in January 2006. My friends and I had been kicking around the idea of blogging about sports cards since summer 2005, but we only started posting after I bought a scanner. Show More Summary

Heritage Surprises

Some unexpected surprises from recent purchases. I hit up the local card show a little over a week ago and spent most of my time with my head down at the quarter boxes, snagging some stuff for myself and a few people I owed stuff to....Show More Summary

Scaling Back

As the calendar rolled over from 2015 to 2016, I had a little freak-out over the state of my collection. I decided to take a step back and though I continued posting regularly here on the blog, I didn't purchase a single card for over three weeks. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Sparky Lyle

Signature Sundays posts were a staple of this blog over the last few years, but in looking back I haven't done one in over two months. Between the holidays and being constantly behind in trade posts I guess they've just fallen off the radar. Show More Summary

Sorting my cards - finding Elian Herrera

Spring training is around the corner and perhaps I'm looking into updating my stash of cards I'm trying to get autographs on otherwise - Herrera’s name came up as a guy who maybe in camp with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but in case I wanted...Show More Summary

I Like More Than Just Red Sox

A couple of weeks back I was the recipient of a very generous bubble mailer from Tim B of I Love the Smell of Cardboard in the Morning. It was a great example of the fact that I collect much more than just Boston Red Sox cards. For example,...Show More Summary

Quarter Box Quartet - All-Time Greats

While I put the finishing touches on a trade post that I don't want to rush, today you get to experience my inability to stay focused in the form of a quarter box quartet. As is generally the case, all of these came from the miscellaneous quarter bins at my local card shop. Show More Summary

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