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2015 Topps Pro Debut breaks

I picked up six packs to have some loose cards to mix in with an incoming hand collated set - there is a subtle difference with the surface of the Pro Debut cards and regular MLB Topps cards; the players' images on the Pro Debut cards...Show More Summary

Blue Cubes - Wow!

I think I have a new favorite parallel... I assure you this card looks every bit as good in person (maybe even better) as it does in this scan. It's a "Blue Cubes" parallel from the 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum set. If you enjoy shiny these take it to another level. Show More Summary

I Traded with Nachos Grande

And all I got was this lousy t-shirt. (Not pictured: the t-shirt) I'm almost caught up with March's packages, which means I shouldn't be typing the words "caught up" at all. From longtime blogger Nachos Grande came a trading first for me: I got something functional and wearable from him in the form of a (not actually lousy) Cardinals t-shirt. Show More Summary

Completed

Still just a drop in the bucket. Friday was payday, so I went out over the weekend to run some errands and came home with some cards. You know how this goes. One of the things I punked down some cash for was a 20 packs-for-$20 repack box, which is probably the best way to do repacks. Show More Summary

The Temptation of the 20 Packs for $20 Box...

Recently, I've been on a bit of a hot streak when it comes to opening packs. First, there was the Kris Bryant serial-numbered Purple Refractor from 2015 Bowman. Then I checked out 2015 Gypsy Queen and pulled an SSP image variation of David Ortiz. Show More Summary

A Package from My Favorite Yankees Fan

Recently I received another great batch of cards from my favorite Yankees fan, Tim B. of I Love the Smell of Cardboard in the Morning. I sent him a small batch of Yankees I had rounded up, but I have no idea what I did to deserve a group of cards like the one Tim sent me in return. Show More Summary

First World Problems

I'm sure each of you has a method for processing incoming cards. Thanks to my mild (or maybe not so mild) OCD, my process involves checking each card against my digital collection on Zistle to see whether I already have a copy. If so, into the trade box. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2007 Topps #21

Hi. I play for NEWYORK. Who is he? Chris Britton was a relief pitcher for a spell. His Wikipedia entry seems neglected and a little sad, mentioning his large weight relative to other players in the league in the present tense even though he hasn't pitched a game in 7 years. Show More Summary

A Crazy Idea?

Matt Holliday playing first base doesn't seem far-fetched to me. I didn't plan on making consecutive posts about the Cardinals Lego-headed star, but with Matt Adams being lost for the year due to injury my mind has been wandering about how this problem will be addressed. Show More Summary

A Promo and a Plate

Short on time tonight, and even shorter on energy. I'm behind as usual on trade/thank you posts. Tim B is next in queue, and he sent me a pretty large stack of cards that I'm working through now. After that is reader Angus, then Mark Hoyle. Show More Summary

Goin' on a Holliday

Matt Holliday ties a Cardinals record by reaching base for the 42nd consecutive game to start the season. Over the holiday weekend, I hit up a local card shop for some supplies and a few things I needed to fulfill some contest prizes. Show More Summary

T207 - The Red-Headed Stepchild of the T206

Any baseball card collector with even a mild, passing interest in vintage is aware of the T206 tobacco cards. I'm no expert, but I'd say the average collector is more familiar with T206s than any other pre-war set. But, how about the T207 set? I don't recall ever seeing any of these myself until stumbling across this one a while back. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Frank Viola

I got at least several cards signed by the 1988 American League Cy Young Award Winner when I was in Las Vegas at the end of April - Viola is the pitching coach for the New York Mets' AAA affiliate. One of the cards I got signed was a...Show More Summary

Generous Jeff - Another Doozy

Recently I was the recipient of another great brick of cards from reader Jeff. It was just a couple of months back that he dropped a nearly full 800 count box of Red Sox and Whalers on me. I haven't even gotten around to scanning and...Show More Summary

2015 Bowman jumbo pack recap

#141 Nick Tropeano#98 Travis D'Arnaud#112 Yu Darvish#12 Adam Eaton#40 Oswaldo Arcia#83 Lorenzo Cain#73 Adrian Gonzalez#150 Javier Baez#90 Nick Castellanos#BCP 121 Gilbert Lara - Chrome#BCP 100 Kris Bryant - Chrome#BCP 73 Kyle Zimmer - Chrome#BCP 88 Reese McGuire - Chrome#BP 20 Adrian Sampson#BP 77 T.J. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Liut x2 - Go Whalers!

Quick one today, as I'm focusing on enjoying the beautiful weather on this holiday weekend in New England. Today's post features a Whalers autograph from a recently released set that is actually not Ron Francis believe it or not. ItShow More Summary

One Card Post - More Claude!

What: 1990 ProCards #587 - Claude Julien Where: eBayHow Much?: $1.25 (plus shipping)Why?: The Bruins finally named their new GM yesterday, Don Sweeney. For now, Claude Julien's still the head coach, but odds are he could be cleaned out as Don may want to choose his own. Show More Summary

Another Team Collecting Dilemma

Maybe I am overthinking this. As if I needed another team collecting quirk to deal with, some cards that Infield Fly Rule sent me earlier in the spring dug up some 24 year old feelings. Back in the early days of Stadium Club, Topps would include a little inset photo of the player's rookie card on the back. Show More Summary

When Super Rare Meets Your Favorite Team!

Around the same time that I picked up my single rack pack of 2015 Bowman that netted me a Kris Bryant serial-numbered refractor, I tried my hand at one of these "three packs plus three framed parallels" Gypsy Queen packages. I really...Show More Summary

Spring Fever & Retro Rickey

This weekend I received my first 2014 Topps Spring Fever card in the mail. I have to say, these are busy, obnoxious and over-the-top, but I like them! The card is much shinier than it comes across in the scan. It was sent to me PWE-style by my friend and frequent trading partner Mark Kaz of This Way to the Clubhouse. Show More Summary

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