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A Shlabotnik 12-pack

I'm so backlogged with trade packages that tonight, when I had a few minutes free for a change, I decided to just randomly grab one from the stack I have waiting to be processed on the desk in my office. The winner was a PWE that I received from Joe Shlabotnik just this past week. Show More Summary

Old Sox - T206 Stahl

I've been absent from the blog here, and from pretty much all aspects of my personal life, over this past week. I've got a major project going on at work that has basically had me working around the clock since Monday, and I've logged around four hours a day of drive time as well during that stretch. Show More Summary

2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day

It was probably not in the spirit of national baseball card day, but instead of ending up at a card shop to pick up a NBCD promo pack as well as spending $10 to get some sort of Mike Trout bonus card - I ordered a set of 29 cards [plus the Trout] on eBay for about $15. Show More Summary

But Wait, There's More!

Bonus cards from a retail giant. As I mentioned the other day, I wasn't super proud of my recent online baseball card purchase, but it was a super deal. Along with two Allen & Ginter blasters and two retail jumbo packs came two 5-card promo/insert(?) sets specifically made for this massive retailer. Show More Summary

Jered Weaver - a tribute to a franchise ace

Weaver was a starting pitcher who to put his heart and soul for the Angels, winning 150 games for the franchise - he was a hot shot rookie posted an 11-2 W-L mark with the Angels in 2006 and established himself as an No. 1 guy several seasons later. Show More Summary

Collecting Moments of Indecision

Is it time to give Allen & Ginter a rest? Every year it seems I question my own sanity and wonder if I should stop collecting the Allen & Ginter set. I enjoyed it the most in 2008, but it's had it's moments over the years as they've continued to add more and more inserts and other silliness. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Angus Goes Shopping - Part II

Time to wrap up the batch of buybacks I received recently from Angus of Dawg Day Cards (you can find part one here). Today's edition will be slightly larger than normal, at fourteen buybacks! 1958 Topps #196 - Mike Garcia Starting off strong here with a beat-up, late-career Mike Garcia card from 1958 Topps. Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Heidi Watney

The MLB Network host and reporter signed my two cards and personalized one in about two weeks or so - I was going to scan the personalized card with the 'God Bless' inscription but the card pictured 'jumped' out of my SASE and onto my scanner bed.

My Inability to Focus

If you check in here frequently (and my thanks if you do!), you might be under the impression that all I collect is buybacks. For better than a year now I've been somewhat obsessed with them as I work to complete a 792-card franken-set.In truth though, my collecting interests are all over the map. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Angus Goes Shopping - Part I

Angus, who blogs over at Dawg Day Cards, has got to be one of the most generous folks in our online community. Recently he did a little shopping on my behalf when he was traveling the Southwest United States. Out of the blue I got an awesome bubbler stuffed full of cards, including plenty of buybacks. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Cesar Puello

Puello was picked up as AAA depth by the Angels earlier in the year and made his MLB debut Wednesday afternoon - going 1-for-4 with two stolen bases and RBI in the Angels 5-1 win against the Baltimore Orioles. I was able to get a few...Show More Summary

Mixed Feelings

I had a very different post planned for this evening. It was to begin with the astrocity you see above. I mean... why?! does?! this?! exist?! This card was going to be featured, too. But I looked up and something amazing has happened. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Ten Randoms

Today's buybacks come courtesy of a large lot of 100+ that I won a few months back on eBay. I just blindly reached into the box and pulled ten individual cards, let's see how they fare as far as the franken-set goes... 1973 Topps #250 - Manny Sanguillen Today's round gets off to a nice start with this '73 Topps Manny Sanguillen. Show More Summary

Tony Gwynn Has a Beer

And it is good. There are some things in life I enjoy more than baseball cards, and one of them is definitely beer. Craft beer, specifically. I was delighted to merge a couple of my big interests recently when I spotted this imperial (i.e. Show More Summary

Chrome is Back to Save Us All

Shiny and new. The Topps baseball release schedule is really crazy, with new products hitting the shelves seemingly every week this summer. My local store appears to have skipped right over Stadium Club and Allen & Ginter (more on that later this week), and headed right to Chrome Town. Show More Summary

For Me, Stadium Club is Top(p)s

There haven't been many new releases so far in 2017 that have interested me. Not that I mind, it's made this year an easy one for me in terms of resisting the temptation of retail and using my hobby funds in a more "targeted" manner.The one set that interests me most every year, at least for these past few years since it returned, is Stadium Club. Show More Summary

A PWE of Firsts

Still trying to get back on top here after vacation and a new dog. Finally starting to make some progress as I featured a package from Gavin last week and already returned fire. Next up is Joe Shlabotnik, who writes the awesome blog The Shlabotnik Report. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Hideki Irabu

I got Irabu to sign this card during his stint with an independent league baseball team back in 2009 - as much as I'd like to say he was this import from Japan who turned into an ace quality MLB pitcher, his professional baseball career in the United States became a sore disappointment, if not an outright joke. Show More Summary

Basketball Cards for You (and Me)

Time to renew your free membership for free cards. It's been awhile since I've taken a look at the list of Guilt-Free Basketball Card Club members. I have scores and scores of cards to send out to people and am planning on a pretty serious purge of any unclaimed teams or players in the near future. Show More Summary

#DONE

Putting to bed a set I started collecting (in my head) ever since I was a child. With the help of a generous blogger and trading partner, Dennis of Too Many Verlanders/Manninghams, I finally am able to put down a set I've admired since I could barely grasp what baseball cards were. Show More Summary

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