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COMC - From Canvas to Yoda

Nothing seems to illustrate my all-over-the-map, complete inability to focus in this hobby better than my COMC orders do. To help prove that point, I've got 30 or so cards that have come in my last couple of orders to show you today....Show More Summary


Emotions running high. Aledmys Diaz belted a grand slam tonight in his second at-bat since returning from a temporary leave of the team. He was mourning the loss of his close friend, of course, the All-Star pitcher with otherworldly talent, Jose Fernandez.My first ever card of the rookie SS came to me from a Cardboard Collections group break. Show More Summary

Jose Fernandez - when it's it, it's it

I only knew of him as a star pitcher who had a God given right arm, so my big takeaway from Fernandez' death last Sunday is that you have to enjoy the run - because even for guys we put on a pedestal, watch on TV and have on fantasy teams, life can be fragile and unforgiving. Show More Summary

Topps Now - Enough Already!

Ah, Topps Now. Looking back on it, my mistake was buying the first one. I should have known with my OCD/completist personality that if I picked up one of these I'd be chasing them all. At this point though, I'm officially sick of Topps Now. Show More Summary

The Ripper's Dilemma

What do I do with this? Over the weekend, I hit up the monthly card show for the first time since the end of April. As usual, most of my time was spent poring over the nickel/dime/quarter boxes, and since the summer is over, the retail guy was there in full effect with his discounted blasters. Show More Summary

A Shlabotnik Pick-Me-Up

As was the case with probably all sports fans in general, I was saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of young star pitcher Jose Fernandez yesterday morning. I didn't post anything here because I really didn't know what to say,...Show More Summary

Autograph request through the mail received: Ryne Sandberg

The Hall of Fame second baseman signed my two cards in blue Sharpie and sent them back in about a couple of weeks c/o a working address in Illinois - after seeing a fairly consistent stream of successes posted with Ryno, I finally put together a request on my own with a small fee and sent it out.

One Card Post - Yawkey

What: 2016 Panini Diamond Kings #45 - Tom Yawkey (Blue Framed #'d /99)Where: COMCHow Much?: $1.45Why?: Well done, Panini! A perfect subject for a set without logos. This is just my second card of the man who owned the Red Sox for longer than four decades, and it's by far my favorite. Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 4: Conference Play

Oregon enters conference play with more questions than answers, and a whole lot of injuries. Last week's tussle with Nebraska was supposed to set up the shape of the Oregon Ducks season, but all we got out of it were some rotten injuries and the bitter feeling that the better team lost because it couldn't get out of its own way. Show More Summary

Back to the '70s

A super trader hits my want list where it's most vulnerable. As much as it seems like there's an infinite number of modern sports cards, the further back in time you go the fewer things there were to collect. Of course, anything produced...Show More Summary

Cardboard History - 200 Hit Red Sox

Last night young star Mookie Betts crossed the 200-hit threshold for the 2016 season, an impressive feat by any measure. It's not an achievement that you see every day from a player on your favorite team, so I began to wonder just how many times a Red Sox player has achieved this milestone. Show More Summary

Some Football Guys

Summer Cleaning is just turning into Cleaning. Hey, it's football season, I guess. I added some football guys to the stash in the increasingly inaccurately named Summer Cleaning 2016.Maybe I should get a head start next week on Spring Cleaning 2017.

One Card Post - International Flavor

What: 1994-95 Topps Finest #154 - Jason Allison (Refractor)Where: COMCHow Much?: $.87Why?: I'm hooked on the refractors from the first two Topps Finest hockey sets. Despite being from the junk wax era, these were tough pulls and aren't the easiest cards to find even today. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Cody Ege

Ege is only one of the anonymous relief pitchers the Angels have used this past season - the other guys whose autographs I don't have count as well, but like pulling a random name out of hat, I wondered how I was ever going to find an autograph of Ege for my Angels autograph collection. Show More Summary

A Pair of Nostalgic Autographs

Meant to post these yesterday, but between cooking, going for a long run, household chores and NFL football, the day got away from me. Anyway, I enjoyed my recent Marquis Grissom Topps Kids autograph so much that shortly after it arrived...Show More Summary

Andrew Benintendi Topps Now #385

Benintendi zoomed to the big leagues in his full professional season and I'd wanted to grab his MLB debut Topps Now card - so I had a MLB/MLBPA issued rookie year card that is kind of an oddball, since Benintendi's actually rookie cards were held back for next year. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Ryan Schimpf

Originally property of the Toronto Blue Jays, the 28-year old rookie has been one of the few highlights in a long season for the San Diego Padres - despite a.229 batting average, the lefty hitting Schimpf has tallied up 39 extra base hits in just 236 at-bats, including 19 home runs, 15 doubles and 5 triples. Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks, Week 3: Gone Huskin'

Oregon faces a B1G test. Most college football seasons get incrementally tougher, and that's how it's going to be for the 2016 Oregon Ducks. Fresh off their second straight non-conference win over an inferior opponent, Oregon travels to Nebraska to take on the former longtime Oregon State coach's current school. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Blue Cubes

What: 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum #37 - Henrik Lundqvist (Blue Cubes Parallel #'d /65)Where: COMCHow Much?: $2.75Why?: Hockey season is right around the corner! Seems like the perfect time to feature this beautiful parallel from the inaugural O-Pee-Chee Platinum set. Show More Summary

Postage Due?!?! More Cards from The National!

Just yesterday I received a PWE in the mail from my good buddy Mark Kaz of This Way to the Clubhouse, containing some cards that he picked up for me at this year's National show. I noticed something on the outside of the envelope that...Show More Summary

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