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Pastrnak in Black & Gold!

A couple of years ago now, at the tail end of the 2014-15 NHL season, I picked up my very first O-Pee-Chee Platinum Blue Cubes parallel: The one I landed was the rookie card of David Pastrnak, a very promising 18-year-old (at the time) right wing from the Czech Republic. Show More Summary

Featured autographs - Manny Margot and Hunter Renfroe

I wanted to see how a dual player 2017 Topps Heritage Rookie Stars subset card would look autographed - it's not really a thing where I always seek multiplayer cards out to be inked up because I worry about completion, but I got Margot first [sacrificing my chance to get a set card signed, since he signs one per person], then managed to finish the card up by getting Renfroe.

This Is Cool

I went online shopping. I'm really bad at showing off my online purchases, but then I came across this classic card from the 1980-81 Topps NBA set that just needed to be shown. Kobe Bryant's father and Kareem on the same card! This is a cool card. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Brooks Robinson

With a donation, I was able to get the Hall of Famer's autograph on a couple of his cards - I saw that he started signing TTM again and wanted to see if I could get a response. I remember 15-20 years ago when Robinson would sign through...Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: This Should Keep Me Busy for a While!

This large box appeared in my mailbox late last week, the result of what I consider a pretty epic eBay win. What's inside? Buybacks of course! Check it out: When this auction came up in my daily saved search email alerts I was drooling, as it's one of the largest lots of buybacks I've ever seen listed on the site to date. Show More Summary

A Mystery Card, Reprints & Buybacks from Off the Wall

Last week I received a great bubble mailer stuffed with cards from my friend Shane Katz of Off the Wall. In a relatively small package Shane sure hit on a variety of areas within my collection. Before we get to the rest of the goods though, I need some help with identifying this awesome Yaz card. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - David Dahl

I've wanted an autograph of the Colorado Rockies outfielder for at least the past few years but I've never gotten to see him in-person - I ended up picking up a 2017 Donruss certified autograph for $5 and change and while it's not like...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Ron Francis

I've recently started a fun side project of accumulating some autographs from the 1989-90 Topps/O-Pee-Chee hockey releases. This was the first set I ever collected as a kid, so it's always been extra sentimental to me. So far I've picked...Show More Summary

2017 Topps Heritage Mike Trout pick-up

I picked up this Action variation parallel for my Trout PC - because he's gotten to be so prominent with his premium cards going for big money, I’m merely collecting Trout’s cards ‘as is’ as opposed to really caring about whether I pick up any specific card. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Unopened Packs Edition

I know it's been buyback overload here lately, but today I need to clean out the last of what I have scanned in order to lay the groundwork for an awesome trade package I received last week, so you're getting a baker's dozen again today... Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Jack the Ripper & The Green Monster

I haven't been to a card show or my local shop in many, many months. Combine that with the fact that I've curbed and nearly eliminated my retail spending, and the result is that eBay and COMC have basically been my only two sources for...Show More Summary

A Surprise Mailing from The Commish

On Monday I found a PWE from Commishbob of The Five Tool Collector waiting in my mailbox for me after work. When we were emailing a couple of weeks back he indicated that he had another buyback to send me for my franken-set project,Show More Summary

Radness Update

A contest update as the field of teams has narrowed from 64(ish) to 16. After the first week of the frenzy that is March Madness, I find myself in my usual position with my bracket: somewhere between laughable and pathetic. I shouldShow More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: '74s & a Pilot

Ten more buybacks to look at today from the large lot I won a while back. All of today's save one are from the 1974 Topps set. Let's see how they fare... 1974 Topps #12 - Dave May Dave May was coming off the best season of his career here. Show More Summary

Shiny Sox from Mark Kaz

A week or two ago I found a surprise PWE from my good buddy Mark Kaz waiting in my mailbox for me after work. I'm grateful that, despite the fact that Mark is no longer blogging, we can continue our back and forth mailings of Red Sox and Mets. Show More Summary

A Sunday COMC Blaster

Had a little free time to do some scanning this morning, and it's been a while since I did one of these COMC "virtual blasters". So, I hit up my card chest where I store my backlog of to-be-processed cards from past COMC orders and grabbed and scanned at random until I reached the $20 mark. Show More Summary

BoSox & Buybacks - A PWE from Joe Shlabotnik

Tonight I've got the contents of a wonderful PWE that I received from Joe Shlabotnik to show off to you. Joe is someone who, like me, seems to appreciate a lot of variety in his collection, so our back-and-forth PWEs typically contain a wide assortment of cardboard. Show More Summary

2017 Topps Opening Day pack breaks

It looks like a fresh box was open on the counter and while I really turn my nose at this more cutesy, 'flagship-lite' alternative - I wanted to bust some packs and for a dollar each, was there anything to lose? Pack one #189 Todd Frazier...Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Work Week Relief

This week was a long one, but I'm now at home for the weekend and ready to relax. What better way to celebrate than with some new buybacks for the franken-set project? Here are ten more from a lot of 68 that I picked up for the price of a blaster at the beginning of the year... Show More Summary

2017 Topps Heritage blaster recap oddity

I purchased a blaster box the day I picked up my random card shop packs a few weeks ago - I remember listing out what I pulled from my hobby pack breaks first, then feeling like maybe I should go on with the blaster box. It looks like...Show More Summary

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