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2015 Topps jumbo pack recap

In the last couple of years, a collecting ritual is to pick up at least one, loose hobby jumbo pack from Topps / Bowman products - it doesn't mean I won't end up buying any more hobby jumbo packs or even splurging for a jumbo box, but I've got to get that initial, hobby jumbo pack break out of the way. Show More Summary

Five Bucks and a Quarter Box

Today I've got the goods from a very quick stop at my new favorite card shop, Central Sports Cards in Pawtucket, RI. Since I didn't have much time to pick last time I was there, here's just $5 worth of cards I quickly grabbed from the quarter bins. Show More Summary

Panininess

Some Blazers, a Wizard and a Duck walk into a blog... At some point this week the power went out in my place and I have been too busy to figure out why my scanner and PC were no longer on speaking terms. A few cables were unplugged and...Show More Summary

Grade This Card: 1956 Topps Roberto Clemente

I'm not a professional grader, just a longtime collector. I have a pretty good idea what constitutes gem mint, and what's considered poor. It's just everything in between that throws me. I've scanned one of my cards here. Help me out by giving it a grade in the embedded poll.1956 Topps Roberto Clemente #33This is just an awesome card. Show More Summary

Panini Prizm Part 3

It's been a long couple days, and I don't have much time to write this, but in the interest of getting something up on the blog let's rip through another four packs of 2013-14 Panini Prizm hockey. At just four cards per pack this should go quickly. Show More Summary

2015 Topps Spring Fever pack

#SF-29 Ryan Braun#SF-42 Adrian Gonzalez#SF-49 Chase Utley#SF-39 Michael Brantley#SF-30 Billy Hamilton

A Fresh Batch of '73s from Mark Hoyle

The name Mark Hoyle has become synonymous with awesome trade packages on many card blogs. After receiving a couple of bubble mailers now myself, I can certainly see why. I would love to see Mark's collection, given that he's probably mailed out more cards to others than I own in total. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Rollie's 'Stache

A couple of years ago, I finally got around to picking up an autograph of the great Rollie Fingers. The card came from the 2009 Upper Deck Goudey set, and I was really happy with the pick-up. Here's a look at it: Just a great card. I love the Goudey design, and Rollie has quite a signature to boot. Show More Summary

Pack Rip - More '95-96 Upper Deck Series 2

Another snowy Saturday night in New England, let's take a look at a dozen hockey cards from 1995 in a shiny, foil wrapper... Nice start. I already pulled the base version of this card, now I have the Electric Ice parallel to accompany it. Show More Summary

1971 Topps football Jack Snow #44

I wanted a card of former NFL player Jack Snow [passed away in 2006] to 'tie up' the bloodlines connection with his son J.T., whose career in pro baseball, I am more familiar with - since J.T. was a former Angel [though mostly a former...Show More Summary

Back to the OPC Well

A few weeks ago I posted a "pick any 10" lot of 1979-80 OPC hockey that I grabbed for a reasonable price off of eBay, after finding out about the auction from my Dad. As I mentioned in that post, I was so pleased with the results and the condition of the cards that I decided to go back and pick out another 10. Show More Summary

Leave the Cards in the Snowbank Please

Just four weeks ago we were having one of the most mild winters on record here in New England; not one significant storm and I could still see the grass on my front lawn. Fast forward to today, and here's a look at my mailbox: fished...Show More Summary

I moved the magazines around in my local Target's magazine section

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue used to be a big deal to me growing up through the early 1990's - but maybe I grew up, the Internet happened and I feel like the swimsuit issue was actually quite conservative despite SI trying to hype things up each year the issue comes out. Show More Summary

Mercy Mercy

R.I.P. Jerome Kersey. I was stunned to learn of the sudden passing of Jerome Kersey, leaving us with just three of the Bill Schonely-proclaimed "Best Starting Five in the NBA". Kersey was more likely to get a floorburn than knock down...Show More Summary

Woodie Fryman - we lost

I was thumbing through some old-school/vintage cards and this 1973 Topps card caught my eye - I'm sure other card bloggers have riffed about the writing made on cards, maybe to scratch out a team name or to add some extraneous scribble [that may only have been understood by the kids who once had the cards]. Show More Summary

Pack Rip - '95 Upper Deck Baseball

Here's another quick pack of 1995 Upper Deck Series 1 baseball, from a cheap retail box purchased a while back. 12 cards total, including the promised one-per-pack Electric Diamond parallel... Starting off solid with recent HOF inductee Randy Johnson serving as the pack's parallel. Show More Summary

Someone Put Music in My Sportsball Cards

Collectibles are not always the baseball kind. Jack White's insert card in the 2015 Topps set sparkled a fair amount of pop culture interest. Though it wasn't quite the mopey freeze frame of his visit to Wrigley Field that sparked a million memes, it did become an interesting conversation piece as the new Topps Series One was rolled out. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Ortiz & Rivera

What: 2013 Topps Update Series #US285 - David Ortiz (Photo Variation) Where: COMCHow Much?: $1.68Why?: Like many collectors, I enjoy the photo variations that Topps has included in their flagship and Update sets over the past few years. Show More Summary

Matt Lindstrom

I just put away a couple of his loose cards last night and while he may have signed a card or two for me before - he is one of those journeymen still playing, I have at least five or six cards of that I don't know what to do with. Now,...Show More Summary

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