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Buyback Franken-set: Crossing the 400 Card Threshold

Tonight marks another milestone in my buyback franken-set project, as this lot of cards including a HOFer, and one of the more controversial personalities in the history of the game, takes me over the 400 card mark in my set pursuit! 1989 Topps #680 - Gary Carter We'll start with the guy who's enshrined in Cooperstown, the great Gary Carter. Show More Summary

The Bowman Blahs

Bowman arrives right about the time we're sick of everything else. I wouldn't say I look forward to Bowman every year, but it usually provides a nice temporary diversion from the collecting calendar. It also seems to always have theShow More Summary

2017 Bowman value pack recap

The basic cards maybe an afterthough, but they are nice - it may not be a thing Topps is actually going for, but I like the idea that Bowman looks a little different, with a focus towards the future, rather than being conservative and boring. Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 4

Day 4: "A rookie card of one of your favorite players." 1991 Bowman Tim Salmon #203 The story behind my fondness for the card is here.

A Card I Didn't Know I Needed

But one I'm glad to have. While all the cool kids show off their treasures from yesterday's card shows, I have decided to go another route and post about a card I got in a Target repack: specifically, from a 1988 Sportflics pack. Doug DeCinces signed on with the Cardinals for 4 games at the end of the 1987 season, which would be his last in MLB. Show More Summary

Night Owl Completes a Page

I received a nice surprise package last week from Greg, aka Night Owl, who was hitting me back for a couple of buybacks and some other cards I sent his way. He managed to send me something that I don't receive all that often but appreciate...Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Jim Rice

I sent $20 and a couple of Topps Allen and Ginter cards to Rice and got them back signed in about 10 days - his average certified autographs don't go for much, but it's more surprising that he's been responding to recent TTM requests. Show More Summary

Refractors, Rookies, Parallels and Even a Football Card...Another COMC Blaster

Let's take a break from buybacks today and check out a virtual blaster that I built with $20 in credit on COMC. I've been doing these posts for years; they're some of my favorites to put together and some of my favorites to read when I see them on other blogs. Show More Summary

Basketball is Over

Closing the books on another NBA season. Last night, just a few minutes after tip-off down at the Rose Quarter, the Portland Trail Blazers 2016-17 season flatlined and could not be resuscitated. It was only the second playoff game I've ever attended in any sport, and it was pretty brutal. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Halfway Home!

The other day I showed off some '65 Topps buybacks I had picked up on eBay for this project, today I've got the other half of that order to get through. Let's dive in... 1965 Topps #367 - Leon Wagner Leon Wagner was an impressive power hitter during the early to mid '60s. Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 3

Day 3: "A card from the first set you tried to complete." My memory is fuzzy as to whether I set out to complete a set of cards - my peak collecting years was around the early 1990s, but my focus was on star cards and rookies [regardless of what I actually found since my budget to purchase any cards was limited to whatever I could scrounge up]. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: A Personal Hero Joins the Binder

Just a quick, single buyback to evaluate tonight, but it's a good one if you ask me. Recently I had the chance to grab a buyback rookie card of one of my personal idols, and I jumped: 1989 Topps #573 - Jim Abbott RC I have some fond memories of collecting Jim Abbott's rookie as a kid. Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 2

Day 2: "A card with more than one player on it." 2001 Upper Deck Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle #90 - The Hall of Records subset. I picked this card up because I like the idea of this trio of baseball icons on one card - Mantle actually...Show More Summary

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 1

I saw this 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge floating around on other card blogs' feeds - I figure I'd do the challenge to see if I can allow myself focus as far as what I have invested into collecting cards after all these years. My main...Show More Summary

Stat Kings - 2004 MLB Batting Leaders

As a Red Sox fan, 2004 will always be one of the most memorable seasons in Major League Baseball history. I was living in Massachusetts at the time while my wife and I saved up for a house, and was able to witness the breaking of the infamous curse. Show More Summary

'92-93 Ultra All Over Again

I don't do a great job of keeping up with new releases, so you can imagine my surprise when I recently learned that the 2016-17 Fleer Showcase hockey set contains buybacks from 1992-93 Fleer Ultra!The '92-93 Ultra set was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, so I was pumped to learn that some of these would be available as buybacks. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set: Sweet '65s!

Time for another round of buybacks for my franken-set project. I'm gonna take a break from the large lot of 2017 buybacks today. Instead, this lot came a couple of months back courtesy of a seller who listed a whole bunch of '60s buybacks...Show More Summary

Rediscover Fred Toliver

Buyback shenanigans. Some people have opinions about the stamped buybacks that Topps has inserted into their products over the years, and many of those opinions are pretty strong. I was never one of those people that was fully against...Show More Summary

TTM autographs received: Marty Cordova

I've seen TTM successes posted from Cordova, the 1995 American League Rookie of the Year and he turned into 'a scratch the itch guy' for me - while I've gotten his autograph in-person, I remember when Cordova just wasn't into really signing and he'd 'deface' your card with a real lazy scribble of an autograph. Show More Summary

A Gifted '59!

Just a quick, one-card post today, featuring a card that Chris at The Collector was kind enough to send my way. Check it out! Chris had let me know a few weeks back that he had a '59 Topps card for me off of my want list. When I received the PWE and pulled this card out I was pumped. Show More Summary

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