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2014 Panini EEE Jeff Hoffman auto serial #'d 098/399

I got this card in the mail from Panini after about six weeks or so after I put the redemption code on their Web site - it's not a bad looking card with an on-card autograph, though it's not the most exciting thing to look at. I actually...Show More Summary

Is That Gum in Your Pack, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Today, for the first time in a while, I actually had a couple of hours free on a weekday afternoon when the local hobby shop was open. I hadn't been in at least a couple of months, so it was nice to catch up with the owner and scavenge around a bit. Show More Summary

'59 Topps Beaters

I'm slowly poking away at the '59 Topps baseball set. I'm not pursuing it very aggressively, most of the cards I have are pretty beat up, and I have so few that I haven't even bothered putting together a want list yet. Here are a few recent additions, starting with my favorite of the bunch, Curt Flood's second Topps card. Show More Summary

Everything is Awesome

Not really. For the second time in less than two months, one of my favorite pro athletes suffered a devastating Achilles tendon tear that threatens to derail a once promising season. Adam Wainwright was virtually paralyzed after trying to leave the batter's box on a harmless pop-up, and now the staff ace can only think about next year. Show More Summary

2015 Bowman value pack recap

Though the cards just don't pop, this year's Bowman cards do look a little different with the way the borders are used - the images sort of bleed out of the cards, as opposed to the images being framed by a solid black or white border. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Josh Hamilton

The 25 guys on the Angels 2015 roster grinding it out are the ones who want to be there and the one who didn't is now a Texas Ranger - it's kind of just sad how Hamilton's Angels career imploded but I'm kind of just over it. Hamilton...Show More Summary

Cards from My Dad - Ed Johnston Tallboy

Over the past couple of years my Dad has been really generous in passing down to me the majority of the cards he had picked up over the years when my brothers and I were kids. I have not done a very good job of posting them and saying...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Al Arbour

Today I've got an autograph from 2006-07 Parkhurst that showcases the greatest trophy in all of sports: I've been after a copy of this Al Arbour autograph for quite a while now, and recently one fell into my hands at the right price....Show More Summary

Saturday Night Scan Folder Backlog

Just got back from a few days in Vermont and I don't have any more scheduled posts left to go. If I haven't gotten back to you this week I hope to catch up on everything tomorrow. In the meantime, here are some cards that have been scanned in and waiting to be posted for quite some time now... Show More Summary

Ran into an old Angels player

I was at Angel Stadium taking in an afternoon game and afterwards took a couple of pictures of this former Angels player signing and interacting with fans - his people told the fans to back off and to make some sort of organized line. Show More Summary

One Card Post - What the Hell is a Bubble Refractor?

What: 2014 Bowman Chrome Bubbles Refractor #130 - Jon Lester (#'d /99) Where: COMCHow Much?: $1.75Why?: I've never heard of Bubbles Refractors before, but all I know is that is one beautiful card. Scans even better than it looks in person. Show More Summary

The Wizard on a Wrapper

Wonders never cease. I am not typically a fan of the Gypsy Queen line, but while on vacation last week I saw a familiar face on the cover of the pack wrappers of the latest Topps issue. I don't recall ever seeing Ozzie get the center...Show More Summary

Collection Cornerstones - Another Cracker Jack!

I've decided that, for as long as I can hold out with my car loan paid off, I'm going to save 2/3 of the money I was using for this monthly towards my next car. The other 1/3 will hopefully be used to add a significant new card to my collection. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Carlos Rodon

While established Major League Baseball stars are a proven commodity, there is always hype for the next great players to come up - in the less than a week, there has been three 'stud' prospects called up in Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and then Rodon. Show More Summary

The Spring Cleaning Sort Has Begun

Back to your regularly scheduled programming. I've been off touring the various airports of America, but now I'm back and ready to talk (and sort) cards. If you missed out on my exhaustively promoted and endlessly discussed Spring Cleaning trade-a-thon, please don't fret - there are a whole bunch of teams left. Show More Summary

8-Spot from Mark Kaz!

Mark Kaz has to be one of the quickest mailers in the hobby. Every time I send him a PWE and get comfortable thinking I temporarily have a leg up in our back and forth mailings, he fires right back! At least this time I'm getting around to posting the cards a little quicker, as this latest PWE arrived in my mailbox late last week. Show More Summary

Claude Julien...with Hair!

Boston Bruins fans, and casual hockey fans alike, undoubtedly recognize the round, bald dome of current head coach Claude Julien. We've cheered as he led the team to their only Stanley Cup championship of this era back in 2011. We've...Show More Summary

A Pair of Zistle Swaps

Recently I completed another pair of trades courtesy of Zistle. In the first exchange, I received a nice chunk of 2015 Topps from olerud363. I didn't realize until after accepting the trade that he lives up in Canada, so this one cost me about $7 at the post office. Show More Summary

2015 Topps Museum pack break

If I was running a MLB team, I'd probably make it more like the Oakland A's than the Los Angeles Dodgers or the New York Yankees - however I have an interest in cards and while I may prefer dumpster diving at the place where I get my fix, at times I do something completely foreign and impulsive like picking up a pack of cards for $50. Show More Summary

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