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Steve D. D-Livers

This is just a reminder that Blog Post Title Writer is still an unpaid position. Fellow blog reader and Listia member (Listian?) Steve D. just exchanged PWEs with me after he was one of the last to grab some cards from my soon-to-be-retired trade bait page. Show More Summary

Dug into the quarter boxes at my LCS

1979 Topps Don Hood #667 - I like the perfectly coiffed stache. 1993 Pinnacle Luis Polonia #31 - I randomly leafed through some Angels cards and realized Polonia is wearing a retro uniform. 1995 Upper Deck SP Championship Series Chili...Show More Summary

eBay Bargain Hunting - Part 2

A week or two ago I completed another eBay purchase from a seller offering cheap singles that I had a great experience with recently. This time probably half the cards I purchased were for others (Douglas at Sports Cards from the Dollar Store and Mark Kaz at This Way to the Clubhouse). Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Huston Street

It's amazing how the Angels bullpen has been revamped from early in the season - it wasn't that long ago that duds like Ernesto Frieri, Nick Maronde, Yoslan Herrera, Rich Hill, Wade LeBlanc, Josh Wall, et al were trotted out to pitch in Angels games. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - A Pair of Whalers from Contenders

Today I've got the two Whalers Classics Signatures autographs that were included on the 2013-14 Panini Contenders checklist... First up is an absolute beauty of a card featuring fan favorite Kevin Dineen. There's something about theShow More Summary

Buyer beware

I got skunked on a 2014 Allen and Ginter hand collated set purchase on eBay - the seller gave me positive feedback within 10 minutes after I hit the 'buy it now' and after a couple of weeks, there has been nothing to indicate the set has been shipped or on it's way. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Mark Appel

Despite his struggles this season, Appel is still an in-person autograph 'get' and I got him to sign a photo and a 2014 Bowman oversized Silver Ice card when he was still with the Lancaster Jethawks - while I don't really like to get 'oddball sized' cards signed, the 5x7 card simply pops. Show More Summary

Let's Talk About 2014 Topps Heritage High Numbers

We're a few months away, but I've started thinking about the 2014 Topps Heritage High Numbers set. Will it be an online-only factory set, or released in packs? Who will be included? Who will be overlooked? If we use the 2013 installment as a template, it's probable that each team will be represented, with somewhere between one and five cards apiece. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2014 Topps #431

Why do baseball players wear those miniature jumpropes around their necks, anyway? Who is he? Brett Anderson is a former second round draft pick with the Diamondbacks who was involved in the massive Dan Haren/Carlos Gonzalez trade back in 2007. Show More Summary

1953 Topps Project - Preston Ward

Another day, another 1953 Topps card... Preston Ward is probably one of the more forgettable guys in the '53 Topps set. His career was relatively short, he was sort of a utility player, and he didn't swing much of a bat. Though he's depicted with the Cubbies here, he would be dealt to Pittsburgh before the conclusion of the 1953 season. Show More Summary

Pack Rip - 2009 O-Pee-Chee Retail

A month or two ago I put in an order at Dave and Adam's Card World to re-stock my unopened wax shelf in my office/hobby room. One of the items I picked up was a blaster of 2009 O-Pee-Chee baseball: Yes, there is a $20 sticker on the front of this box, but no, I did not pay $20. Show More Summary

Billy Werber - Another Diamond Star

Here's the third Diamond Stars card I've been fortunate enough to land in recent months, #61 Billy Werber: Billy, or "Billie" as National Chicle referred to him as in 1935, actually began his career with the Yankees before being dealt to Boston during the 1933 season. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Chase Headley

Attending several San Diego Padres home games each year - it seemed like the newly acquired New York Yankees third baseman was always the first player to come out of the dugout and meander over to railing to sign for fans [before actually getting ready for the game]. Show More Summary

Joy of a Completed Set - Mars Attacks Heritage

Thanks to a trade with @ eyedinh I recently finished up this nasty little set. Death, horror, doom and despair. Just hike the current state of the hobby AMIRITE? To celebrate I scanned the set in plastic pages poorly and plopped 'em in Picasa to show off to the World. Show More Summary

I Don't Know... Hee Seop Choi?

Welcome to efficiency. I guess this is what happens when I finally catch up with trade posts. While I was once so young and full of things to write about, I pretty much have leaned on trade posts as a crutch to fuel content for this blog for quite awhile. Show More Summary

In Case You Didn't Get Your Fill of Jeter Last Week...

If you watched the MLB All-Star Game last week, you might have heard a word or two about this guy Derek Jeter. He plays shortstop for the Yankees, apparently. I guess he's retiring after this season or something. Oh, and Adam Wainwright...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Another Trio from Contenders

Panini sneakily included a bunch of hand-signed Classics Signatures cards into their 2013-14 Contenders release, so now I'm chasing these autographs all over again just as I was about to wrap the series up. Here are three more knocked off the list... Show More Summary

Flipping Dupes for Flair, and a Magnificent Matsuzaka

As Zistle has grown in popularity, having my collection (and more importantly my want and trade lists) on the site has really paid dividends. I would say at least once a month now I'm contacted by someone looking to give me some cards I want in exchange for some I don't. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 1976 Topps Traded #74T

It's time for one of the most famous airbrushed cards of all as we get ready for the second half of the 2014 season. Who is he? Reduced to a goofy image these days, Oscar Gamble was at first a ballplayer and an outfielder who logged an impressive 17 seasons in the majors, including multiple stints with Chicago teams and the Yankees. Show More Summary

Mark Kaz is Awesome

Finally found some time this evening to scan in the great package of cards I received a week or two ago from my good buddy Mark Kaz of "This Way to the Clubhouse...". Mark has quickly shot up the ranks as one of my favorite and most frequent trade partners. Show More Summary

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